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by AHB
17:15 Tue 30 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Radiation and wine
Replies: 8
Views: 1707

The radiation must have an effect on the port, but the question is how much and I don't have a clue as to what the answer is. However, as an aside, I would not expect the impact on the flavour to be too great as radiation is being / has been considered as a means of sterilising and preserving food i...
by AHB
16:25 Mon 29 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Offley Boa Vista
Replies: 3
Views: 2068

Fred, 2-2 does not make it a bad port, only a port which I place as one of the 25 weakest that I will drink this year. Its also close to being a 3-3 but I had to make a decision and so edged down - perhaps slightly harshly. However, I also wonder if the relatively short decanting time meant that thi...
by AHB
16:15 Mon 29 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: KWV - South African port?!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2499

Gonzo, Alternatively, you can give the bottle to me as a late birthday present or an early Christmas present. Actually, KWV make a very nice "fortified wine made using the idigenous Douro grapes grown in field blends and fortified while fermenting to preserve residual sugar and fruit flavours, such ...
by AHB
16:01 Mon 29 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, Monday 29 October
Replies: 48
Views: 14759

This is getting better and better! I was checking through my tasting notes and was surprised to find that I have never tasted the Grahams 1985 or Rebello Valente 1977 and have only tasted the Warre 1985 and Sandeman 1977 once before.

This is going to be a very fun evening.

Alex
by AHB
15:48 Mon 29 Oct 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Time for a TN sort?
Replies: 417
Views: 85059

Pocas should have the cedilla included. The lack of a cedilla probably reflects ignorance or a lack of time to investigate which ASCII code has to be used on the keyboard to generate the ç character (135). That was about the only bit of the exchange I understood between Al-K and jdaw1. I didn't ev...
by AHB
15:35 Mon 29 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Offley Boa Vista
Replies: 3
Views: 2068

1985 Offley Boa Vista

Not as good a bottle as drunk earlier in the year. Still deeply coloured but very closed on the nose. Sweet and balanced in the mouth, but little of the complexity that was experienced before. The length was reasonable. Overall, I was disappointed by this wine having had such a good experience 9 mon...
by AHB
18:11 Sat 27 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, Monday 29 October
Replies: 48
Views: 14759

I would also vote for a 12 hour decant - in my opinion its always better to decant too early than too late, especially if that means the chance to decant off all the sediment before travelling with a bottle and stirring it all up again. I know what I'm doing Halloween too - we're off Trick or Treati...
by AHB
18:03 Sat 27 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Formula 1 - is it corrupt?
Replies: 6
Views: 1217

My prediction for the outcome of the fuel temperature scandal - that the offending teams will be fined, but that the race result will be allowed to stand. Why do I suggest this? Not from the basis of any conspiracy theory, but simply from equitable treatment of the drivers. Hamilton probably shoould...
by AHB
17:57 Sat 27 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Definition of Turnbull Time
Replies: 18
Views: 2517

:lol: :lol:
by AHB
00:52 Sat 27 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1104
Views: 208857

Re: Good rant. Good place to put it.

And Seely did say at the Wilkie tasting that there were Nacionals from 1955 onwards, as well as the famous 1931. He did, but for some reason I had it in my mind that 1955 had been missed out. We also tasted the 1947 Nacional, which identity I was able to confirm from the reconstructed cork :D Alex
by AHB
23:42 Fri 26 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Sandeman
Replies: 6
Views: 2834

What fun, I like the Sandeman '66 but haven't had one for a couple of years now. I shall be very interested to read what you think of it.

Alex
by AHB
23:35 Fri 26 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, Monday 29 October
Replies: 48
Views: 14759

I'm sure that I read somewhere from both Simon and Derek that there was port left over and consumed with breakfast. More seriously, from personal experience I have found it is perfectly reasonable to consume a bottle of port over the course of an extended evening (ie. 4-6 hours) with little else to ...
by AHB
23:25 Fri 26 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Rubbish Week for British Sport
Replies: 19
Views: 2104

Luc - Derek's just sulking, let me give you an illustration of why: Derek - name the country team for whom top class Scottish cricketers win their international caps. Luc - keep up the abuse for the gallant English losers, we give ourselves the same abuse so it is nice to hear it with a Quebecois ac...
by AHB
23:17 Fri 26 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Definition of Turnbull Time
Replies: 18
Views: 2517

Let me be perfectly clear for all reading this chain who may be confused. The Bridgeman Quotient is the name of the measure of the sum of the ages of the bottles in a particular cellar or other defined group of bottles. Whenever referring to this measure, you must always capitalise the Q in Quotient...
by AHB
23:11 Fri 26 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1104
Views: 208857

Re: Elliston Fine Wines Ltd

6 btls Graham 1948 £725.00 each Great class and power. This is an example of how great the '48s are. Youthful medium ruby with a slight garnet edge, a nose of licorice and ripe plums, with lavish, sweet plum flavors and a firm tannic backbone. There is a wonderful depth of racy fruit here. Good now...
by AHB
19:04 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, Monday 29 October
Replies: 48
Views: 14759

G-man and Mrs G-man (should that be G-Mrs?), I look forward to meeting you on Monday, should be fun!

Alex
by AHB
19:01 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Definition of Turnbull Time
Replies: 18
Views: 2517

Does the Bridgeman Quotient apply equally to Uncle Time and Turnbull Time or does the accelerant factor built into Uncle Time mean that the Bridgeman Quotient is no longer useful in measuring the aggreagated bottle age gained by a cellar over a given period of time? Perhaps Uncle Time is actually th...
by AHB
18:57 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Rubbish Week for British Sport
Replies: 19
Views: 2104

Luc When Canada achieves even the runner up in the rugby world cup pool they qualify into, then you can laugh at us. When Canada competes in a sport against the US other than to allow your American cousins to call themselves world champions of a sport played in only two countries, then you can laugh...
by AHB
18:49 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Should we limit membership???
Replies: 14
Views: 5779

OK. I fully accept that my interpretation of your idle thought was too harsh. Lurkers are always welcome and are to be positively encouraged to join in the debate when they feel comfortable to do so.

Alex
by AHB
18:46 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham Crusted 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 2357

I was tempted, but flew out of the country before I could give in to temptation. **Sigh** Never mind, perhaps next time.

Alex
by AHB
14:30 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham Crusted 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 2357

A Crusted port for £7 is a no brainer. While Crusted may not be the ultimate majesty that vintage can bring, its a jolly decent second and as good as many SQVPs or "early-drinking second labels".

Care to share where it came from?

Alex
by AHB
14:28 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: New York, Monday 29 October
Replies: 48
Views: 14759

Re: Decanting times for offline

jdaw1 wrote:Croft 1963 I was going for three hours. Is that too little for your taste?
I think three hours before we meet is perfect - plus about another three hours over the course of the evening should be spot on.

Alex
by AHB
14:26 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2058
Views: 282155

Re: square and curly parentheses

Perhaps because the quotation marks and apostrophe keys are the least used they are therefore the first to be affected by declining batteries? Conky being a frequent user of the square and curly parentheses on some other bulletin board, presumably? I can only assume so. Could there be another expla...
by AHB
14:20 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Should we limit membership???
Replies: 14
Views: 5779

Rubby, We all start with small tasting notes. As a first step, please just post a tasting note of what you drank and what you thought - even if your thought is "I liked this, I will buy more" or "I liked this, but it was too expensive to buy more". Even a tasting note that is as simple as this is in...
by AHB
14:15 Thu 25 Oct 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Fonseca 1920, 63, 66, 70, 75, 77, 80, 83, 85, 92, 2000
Replies: 21
Views: 9618

how did you guys find the 1980 btw? I wasn't at the F-Plan offline, but I have had the Fonseca 1980 a few times recently and I love it. It's delicate and very unlike a "normal" Fonseca but the way it changes in your glass over the course of an evening is just wonderful. Not a blockbuster wine, but ...