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by richmills
08:51 Mon 28 Oct 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 138

1977 Taylor

A very slightly leaking bottle opened in an emergency and only given a 1 hour decant due to a lack of forward planning. So very dark still, I can't believe this is a 42 year old wine. Started out a bit hot, but even after only a couple of hours it was starting to integrate nicely and so fruity! Beau...
by richmills
07:01 Mon 27 May 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal
Replies: 121
Views: 18512

Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Apologies from me also, something has come up and I'll not be able to make it now after all.
by richmills
09:36 Mon 08 Apr 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal
Replies: 121
Views: 18512

Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

RJM you are very welcome. Will be great to see you, I have added you to the list. Can you please have a look at the Boot and Flogger’s menu and advise what you would like as a starter, main and pud. Thanks Christopher I'll go for: Starter: Nothing for me thanks. Main: Ribeye steak (medium rare) wit...
by richmills
09:00 Tue 02 Apr 2019
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 26 Mar 2019, DRT’s birthday, at the B&F
Replies: 7
Views: 2392

Re: Tue 26 Mar 2019, DRT’s birthday, at the B&F

Certainly looks like the 70's are in a good place right now :)
by richmills
14:19 Tue 26 Mar 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal
Replies: 121
Views: 18512

Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Can I put in a request to attend my first tasting, or is this one now full? I'm looking to expand my collection of 94's and this could give me just the information I need (plus my wife is away on the proposed date so I'm certain to get a pass for the evening :)) It’s not full, so I’m sure Christoph...
by richmills
13:45 Tue 26 Mar 2019
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal
Replies: 121
Views: 18512

Re: Tue 11 Jun 2019 — 1994 Mini Horizontal

Can I put in a request to attend my first tasting, or is this one now full? I'm looking to expand my collection of 94's and this could give me just the information I need (plus my wife is away on the proposed date so I'm certain to get a pass for the evening :))
by richmills
08:20 Tue 19 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Warre
Replies: 3
Views: 864

Re: 1977 Warre

No mine didn't look quite like that in the glass. There was no hint of the nice pink color I can see in your top photo; it started out as a more amber color and then as it darkened in the decanter it became browner. It wasn't a disaster by any means though. I have another 2 bottles from the same sou...
by richmills
16:19 Mon 18 Mar 2019
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Warre
Replies: 3
Views: 864

1977 Warre

Taken in my luggage to France to share with a friend and opened after standing and settling for a week. A very light color on initial decanting, more tawny than pink. Nice nose, but a rather thin flavour of dried fruits, coffee and nuts. I did wonder if it was slightly oxidised although the bottle h...
by richmills
10:54 Tue 05 Feb 2019
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1414
Views: 205909

Re: Latest buy

1 each of:

Dow '70
Warre '77
Taylor '77
Grahams '77
by richmills
12:05 Sun 30 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2003 Sainsbury Taste the Difference
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: 2003 Sainsbury Taste the Difference

Oh I should add; the bottle and cork were branded Symington. No more details.
by richmills
12:01 Sun 30 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2003 Sainsbury Taste the Difference
Replies: 1
Views: 371

2003 Sainsbury Taste the Difference

Brought round as a gift by the neighbours to go with some cheese, so just an emergency 45 minute minute decant. I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. Very (dark) fruit forward as you would expect, and while the tannins were powerful they managed to be just grippy without being offe...
by richmills
11:54 Sun 30 Dec 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Grahams
Replies: 1
Views: 413

1970 Grahams

Darker than I was expecting for a nearly 50 year old port, and on first taste had a slightl astringency. But I needn't have worried; after 3 hours it was delicious with ripe red berry flavours, soft and gentle tannins and just the right amount of heat. Wonderful mature port that was a great accompan...
by richmills
08:08 Mon 21 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Selo under/over capsule
Replies: 4
Views: 1550

Re: Selo under/over capsule

The bottles with the selo under the capsule will have been shipped soon after release. Those with the selo over the top will have been shipped from Oporto many years later. The selo is normally applied immediately before shipping. I don't think they will have been re-corked otherwise the selo could...
by richmills
09:13 Mon 07 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1414
Views: 205909

Re: Latest buy

2x Taylor '77
2x Warre '77
2x Graham '77
2x Fonseca '77

For those of us who have to buy retail it seems like there are some relatively good bargains to be had on the '77s now we're out of the 40th anniversary year :)
by richmills
09:10 Mon 07 May 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Selo under/over capsule
Replies: 4
Views: 1550

Selo under/over capsule

A quick question for the experts (well, everyone's an expert compared to me :D ) I have a few bottles of Taylor '77 that I've acquired over the years from different sources most of which have a selo under the capsule. I've just bought another couple of bottles that arrived last week, and they have t...
by richmills
15:38 Thu 08 Mar 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1414
Views: 205909

Re: Latest buy

6x Grahams '85

I've been looking to pick some of this up for ages now at a reasonable price and finally got some, happy days :)
by richmills
14:45 Tue 23 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1414
Views: 205909

Re: Latest buy

Since the new year I have done my usual annual stocking up and bought:

3x Offley '94
3x Taylor '85
1x Graham '70
1x Kopke colheita '57
1x Graham 40yr tawny
by richmills
10:13 Fri 03 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Fonseca
Replies: 7
Views: 4649

Re: 1985 Fonseca

Well I'm just enjoying the final glass of this now, and after nearly 48 hours I think rhis is the best one yet. I have 5 bottles of this remaining and I definitely think I'll hold on for a few more years before opening the next one. Holding on to the remaining 5 bottles for a few years before openi...
by richmills
19:03 Wed 01 Nov 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness
Replies: 4
Views: 1757

Re: Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness

I'll try the kettle and steam idea next time if it looks like the cork is stuck. I don't think I should be allowed near open flames and port, so tongs are probably out :-) I don't doubt there are many instances of dry and crumbly corks out there, I was just curious about whether it was particularly ...
by richmills
15:37 Tue 24 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness
Replies: 4
Views: 1757

Vesuvio 94 Cork shonkyness

I opened a bottle of Vesuvio 94 last night and had a right fight with the cork. It was quite dry, very crumbly and stuck to the sides. I ended up drilling the cork out in lots of little bits. I had exactly the same problem with the previous bottle of Vesuvio 94 I opened from a completely different b...
by richmills
16:17 Tue 18 Jul 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Couriers
Replies: 16
Views: 2581

Re: Couriers

Don't get me started; we're currently trying to get a package delivered by dpd. Yesterday we had a text saying they attempted to deliver but we weren't in with a picture attached of someone else's gate entirely, so my wife phoned up and gave detailed instructions for how to get to us with a note to ...
by richmills
15:47 Tue 18 Apr 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 984

1983 Graham

Quite dark in the decanter for a 34 year old port. Smelling of black currants, a first taste straight after decanting is very discouraging; there's a sourness and bitterness I didn't enjoy at all. I nearly decided the bottle was spoiled and tipped it away but I decided to give it another chance and ...
by richmills
17:04 Mon 13 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: An afternoon of rummaging
Replies: 4
Views: 2086

Re: An afternoon of rummaging

The best bit is when you come across that odd bottle at the bottom of a rack or in an odd case you totally forgot you had :-)
by richmills
16:27 Tue 07 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What have you got open this weekend?
Replies: 74
Views: 19571

Re: What have you got open this weekend?

Hardly the weekend anymore I realise, but I have a bottle of Ramos Pinto 20yo open. I'm skiing in Val d'Isere and it's the only choice from the local supermarket. Quite nice actually.
by richmills
08:42 Sun 05 Mar 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: What have you got open this weekend?
Replies: 74
Views: 19571

Re: What have you got open this weekend?

Doggett wrote:
00:31 Sun 05 Mar 2017
A Sandeman 20YO Tawny. A classic that I am trying to employ some restraint with, even though it is so moreish.
My goto cellar defender, very good value.