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by JacobH
21:58 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 36
Views: 5297

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

75c per this approved label for it. Click the printable version tab to see the pics. https://ttbonline.gov/colasonline/viewColaDetails.do?action=publicDisplaySearchBasic&ttbid=21082001000211 Hmm...I guess when they talk about there being 2 casks they aren’t referring to 550l pipes? Otherwise they w...
by JacobH
21:45 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 36
Views: 5297

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

I assume the bottles are 50cl? Otherwise I can't reconcile any of the numbers. I also wonder how much gets sent out as samples? I get the impression, which might be wrong, that they feel they have to distribute them really quite widely to get the level of publicity they want.
by JacobH
20:59 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 36
Views: 5297

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

According to The Drinks Business they are releasing 1,700 bottles of this at a RRP of £3,950, giving each pipe a gross retail value of around £3.35M. I am sure it would be unfair to speculate what sort of quality of Quinta one could purchase for that sum ;-)
by JacobH
13:49 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 36
Views: 5297

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

That’s fair enough, although the figures I have seen suggest starting at about 3% and then falling to 1%. I’m not sure that I have read it stopping altogether after a certain point which would be necessary for the majority of the wine in the barrel to remain over 100+ years without topping up from e...
by JacobH
13:28 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961
Replies: 6
Views: 1271

Re: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961

It's probably as you say, this was, in all likelihood, an LBV in all but name (and in the fact that it only spent 3 years in wood, as opposed to the mandatory minimum of 4 years for LBVs). Oh, yes, I keep forgetting about the 4-year limit since so little VP is bottled in the third year after harves...
by JacobH
13:24 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 36
Views: 5297

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

Regardless, I have no issues with this, so long as the end product is good. Otherwise we’re all gonna be eating a spoon full of old port-molasses. I have no difficulties with the wine-making principle. It’s just the advertising I don’t like. If they were always topped up with something newer than o...
by JacobH
13:07 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 36
Views: 5297

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

Taylor’s have just advertised a new very old tawny, this time a 1896 colheita. Rather than create a new thread, I thought I would bump this one. It is accompanied by a glossy website . I do feel a little be uneasy about the advertising, though, as I do with many of these products. For example, sayin...
by JacobH
12:18 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port

How do you think it compares to the other mainstream Ruby Reserves (e.g. the Cockburn Special Reserve, Fonseca Bin 27 etc.)?

I keep meaning to do a comparative tasting of them at some point!
by JacobH
12:15 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Valriz
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: 2016 Valriz

The only Valriz I have tried was its 40-year-old tawny which was very nice. It’s very hard to find anything out about them online. The company is “Coimbra de Mattos” with an address in Galafura which is just under half-way between Reguá and Pinhão on the North Bank, before Quinta do Crasto. They als...
by JacobH
12:03 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961
Replies: 6
Views: 1271

Re: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961

Does anyone know why it has a year and a bottling date? Current practice for Crusted is that the big year on the bottle is the bottling year and the contents are usually a mixture of different vintages (sometimes disclosed, sometimes not). Was this effectively a LBV? (PS. A fascinating Port to try, ...
by JacobH
09:06 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

As I write this I do see that the habit of frequent declarations could be open to abuse by an unscrupulous winemaker or company owner who just needs a short term profit or injection of cash, but making and selling sub-standard Port would quickly result in a damaged reputation and a loss of reputati...
by JacobH
10:23 Mon 03 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

It seems to me that history has demonstrated that it is only very rare that a vintage is so bad that it is impossible to produce vintage Port. Perhaps 3 or 4 times a century? That makes me think that declaring 3 times a decade is as much a business model as anything else. (At least in recent years: ...
by JacobH
10:10 Mon 03 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and Tonic- in a can!
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Port and Tonic- in a can!

It's Chip Dry, yes. I thought this was a bit of a shame since I think their other white, the Fine White, is a better Port. But I can understand why the huge brand inertia behind the Chip Dry means they had to use it in this! The tonic is apparently a bespoke recipe. I am very hopeful that this prod...
by JacobH
21:26 Fri 30 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

Oscar Quevedo has declared his 2019 VP What was the last year that Oscar didn't declare a vintage? Is this 5 in a row now? 2013 judging by the previous posts on :tpf:, so I guess that makes it six? Some quantities have been really tiny, though. I guess they, like Noval, are going down a route of pu...
by JacobH
21:02 Fri 30 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and Tonic- in a can!
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Port and Tonic- in a can!

Taylor's Port announces the launch of the first ready-to-drink white Port & tonic in a can. https://taylor.pt/en/news/taylors-port-announces-the-first-ready-to-drink-white-port-tonic-in-a-can Will this be the most controversial Port product launch since Pink Port? I think it's a great idea. I don't...
by JacobH
12:54 Mon 26 Apr 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2016 Biddenden Ortega
Replies: 7
Views: 2057

Re: 2016 Biddenden Ortega

This is the only one of their products I've tried, but given its quality I will happily try other of their wines, ciders or meads. I recently came across a shop selling their cider and bought a bottle of their dry “Strong Kentish Cider” which is 8.4%. It’s clear & uncarbonated, with very little swe...
by JacobH
20:50 Fri 23 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: I'm going to be having a bad week...
Replies: 33
Views: 1569

Re: I'm going to be having a bad week...

I know the feeling about a terrible week! Although I imagine there are few ills that a Graham 1985 could not cure. Alex’s post reminds me of how much I miss doing “normal” things like having El Vino’s rather distinctive style of food (& service!) with some Port either for lunch or in the evening. I’...
by JacobH
19:30 Wed 21 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

Incidentally, I think it’s quite a few years since TFP haven’t released any SQVP en primeur. I know that most of it goes out when it is about 10-15 years old but I think some has generally also been available on release. I wonder if, having declared so many vintages in a row, they are worried about...
by JacobH
08:48 Wed 21 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

Incidentally, I think it’s quite a few years since TFP haven’t released any SQVP en primeur. I know that most of it goes out when it is about 10-15 years old but I think some has generally also been available on release. I wonder if, having declared so many vintages in a row, they are worried about ...
by JacobH
08:40 Wed 21 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

It's not St. George's day yet, but TFP have today announced FG19, TTF19 and CrR19, all being held for late release. Also a Vargellas, too, I think. It still seems odd to me. In the US, at least as far as I understand it from dealing with product licenses, a word mark applies regardless of the font ...
by JacobH
08:58 Tue 20 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

Really? I'd never noticed it before. I guess I just wasn't paying attention! (Either that or the fact that I had to deal with several "legalese" style questions today may have put me in the frame of mind to notice things like this.) It still looks odd to me seeing a Passadouro label on Noval press-...
by JacobH
08:54 Tue 20 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

Has Christian Seely ever discussed what his approach to declarations is, these days? I think they have now declared every year since 2011 (inclusive). I get the impression that they think it is worth declaring any year when they have good enough Port, even if it only means that they can release quit...
by JacobH
08:19 Mon 19 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta de Val da Figueira 10 yo tawny - the ultimate Cellar Defender!
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: Quinta de Val da Figueira 10 yo tawny - the ultimate Cellar Defender!

I had a freshly bottled bottle of this last year, which I bought mostly as a novelty since it had been shipped to the UK by sail by Port O’Bristol by Xisto and I was also very impressed. I can see that I wrote it was “an excellent 10 year old tawny that tastes much older than it is” which rather acc...
by JacobH
21:25 Sat 17 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

It's a similar story at Croft. Although almost all the publicity refers to Quinta da Roêda, the bottle labels have it spelt Roeda. What's particularly odd is that Sērikos always appears with the ē which I think is a stress mark from the transliterated Greek rather than anything to do with Portuguese...
by JacobH
10:44 Sat 17 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 55
Views: 4159

Re: 2019 Declarations

Apologies. I didn’t realise it was a charity sale: there isn’t a mention of that on the Sotheby’s or PFV website.

I really hope you are right and the don’t go big with the pricing. We shall see!