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by JacobH
20:59 Sun 23 Sep 2012
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 20 year tawny tasting
Replies: 35
Views: 6220

Re: 20 year tawny tasting

I must admit i thought Sandeman would be right up your street - i thought it was head and shoulders above at the BFT. On the basis of a bottle i had last week, i think Andresen is also worthy of being mentioned in the same company. It was a couple of years ago I last had it (I think), in Quinta do ...
by JacobH
20:56 Sun 23 Sep 2012
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 20 year tawny tasting
Replies: 35
Views: 6220

Re: 20 year tawny tasting

Chaps, I know what you are thinking. But Jacob is young and we should be mature enough to let him have his head for a few years to "find himself" and learn through experience which type of Port a gentleman should favour. Please don't condemn him, we were all young and disillusioned once upon a time...
by JacobH
20:45 Sun 23 Sep 2012
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2070
Views: 318275

Re: Apostrophe crimes

These standards form part of a global solution to a global problem that of ‟too-big-to fail” and the avoidance of state-sponsored bail-out of the biggest international banks - or G-SIFIs in the parlance of the FSB. Please could somebody brighter than me explain how the hyphenation survived the BoE...
by JacobH
20:40 Sun 23 Sep 2012
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 20 year tawny tasting
Replies: 35
Views: 6220

Re: 20 year tawny tasting

I would certainly be keen for this (though I appreciate I might be in a slight minority on this side of the Pond for liking the occasional tawny or two!). Some 20-year-old tawny Ports are very fine wines indeed. The Niepoort and Ramos Pinto are top-level Ports, and if not cheap at their price, are w...
by JacobH
12:46 Wed 15 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Croft Port Barrel
Replies: 3
Views: 1352

Re: Croft Port Barrel

Welcome to :tpf:! Funnily enough, we have just been discussing barrels in another thread . Your barrel looks like it was produced for decoration; I don’t think it was ever involved in the making of Port because it is so small. If it is water-tight and the tap still works, you could re-fill it either...
by JacobH
08:37 Wed 15 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in a barrel
Replies: 30
Views: 10828

Re: Port in a barrel

Thanks, Andy. I looked up how much racking goes on in Mayson's book last night (which reports it being done as frequently as you describe). I had no idea it was done so frequently, though I presume it must decrease a lot as the maturation continues. But perhaps I'm wrong about that, too. Anyway, isn...
by JacobH
15:39 Tue 14 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in a barrel
Replies: 30
Views: 10828

Re: Port in a barrel

Isn’t raking quite common for most tawny Ports? Not regularly but I thought it happened at least every decade or so.
by JacobH
10:50 Tue 14 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Peatling Crusted 1989
Replies: 3
Views: 1657

Re: 1989 Peatling's Crusted Port

It's interesting that it doesn't sound much like the Warre vintages from the mid-to-late 80s which would, presumably go into the blend.

Do you know the history of this bottle?
by JacobH
10:44 Tue 14 Aug 2012
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 4th September - The Bunghole
Replies: 21
Views: 12077

Re: Tuesday 4th September - The Bunghole

I'm afraid that I'm going to have to keep September fairly dry, so I don't think I'll be able to attend. Sorry.
by JacobH
10:42 Tue 14 Aug 2012
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Mon 24th Sept 2012 - Fonseca vs Warres head to head
Replies: 107
Views: 24233

Re: Mon 24th Sept 2012 - Fonseca vs Warres head to head

Yikes, I didn't know know Cookie was in the business of "canceling" people. We all ought to be careful lest we end up with a horse's head appearing in our beds! ;-)
by JacobH
10:40 Tue 14 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in a barrel
Replies: 30
Views: 10828

Re: Port in a barrel

I'm not sure I would have the patience to do a solera system with 20-something litre barrels. That's a pretty serious investment in time and money and I think I'd get bored of the Port before I managed to get through all of it! That said I don't agree with AHB. Doing a small bit of home-maturation s...
by JacobH
17:53 Mon 13 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in a barrel
Replies: 30
Views: 10828

Re: Port in a barrel

hmmm....I am concerned about how much money this thread is likely to cost me, since I am finding it hard to resist the temptation to buy one myself... It seems 2 litre barrels are available too, which seems like the perfect size to mature in an appropriate place in the kitchen (or study, or bedroom....
by JacobH
15:51 Mon 13 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in a barrel
Replies: 30
Views: 10828

Re: Port in a barrel

AHB once brought an oaked South African Port to a tasting. It was rather nice (if slightly weird); I think they had run out of old barrels when it came to aging it!
by JacobH
08:06 Mon 13 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port in a barrel
Replies: 30
Views: 10828

Re: Port in a barrel

Would it not be better to start with an unfiltered Port? Something like a Noval or Croft unfiltered LBV?
by JacobH
11:23 Sat 11 Aug 2012
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Upside-Down Union Jacks
Replies: 134
Views: 73823

Re: Upside-Down Union Jacks

The comment about the Earl of Crewe is noted with interest. He was responding, in Parliament, to a question on the subject of the flag, his answer not being in any way subsequently corrected or amended. How is that not definitive? Two reasons. Firstly, the purpose of questions being asked in Parlia...
by JacobH
11:03 Thu 09 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Newbie here!
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Re: Newbie here!

We had a Sandeman Ruby a few years ago at a Christmas tasting that had been bottled in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee. I thought it was quite attractive: a very pale colour and quite simple sugary taste but perfectly fine to drink.
by JacobH
10:53 Wed 08 Aug 2012
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Danger, danger!
Replies: 15
Views: 6965

Re: Danger, danger!

PS. Incidentally, as Port drinkers, shouldn’t we celebrate more blended whiskies? :twisted:
by JacobH
10:52 Wed 08 Aug 2012
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Danger, danger!
Replies: 15
Views: 6965

Re: Danger, danger!

Whilst I sympathise with DRT, my desire to drink whisky (and brandy, for that matter) is now so rare, I hardly find I can justify the price of a decent bottle to have in the house, especially since most pubs in London have a reasonable selection now. I do remember feeling a similar thing to him when...
by JacobH
10:45 Wed 08 Aug 2012
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2070
Views: 318275

Re: Apostrophe crimes

AHB wrote:
RAYC wrote:A great error from House of Fraser
That is one of the most amusing errors I've seen in a while...but why on earth were you looking at Playmobil sets on the HoF website?
I’m glad AHB asked the question I was thinking about, too!
by JacobH
10:42 Wed 08 Aug 2012
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Upside-Down Union Jacks
Replies: 134
Views: 73823

Re: Upside-Down Union Jacks

on another point of pedantry, if this question is related to Olympics then surely you mean Union Flags not Jacks. Use of the term ‟Union Jack” to refer to the national flag of the United Kingdom has been sanctioned by the Admiralty and by Parliament. Indeed - The Flag Institute seem to suggest tha...
by JacobH
10:27 Wed 08 Aug 2012
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: NV ΓΛΥΚΥΣ Mavrodaphne
Replies: 3
Views: 1941

Re: NV ΓΛΥΚΥΣ Mavrodaphne

Interestingly, it looks like this is matured with something like a solera system, from what I can find on the web. I always think it’s a shame we can’t get more of these unusual fortifieds in the UK.
by JacobH
10:21 Wed 08 Aug 2012
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Upside-Down Union Jacks
Replies: 134
Views: 73823

Re: Upside-Down Union Jacks

Some of this pedantry seems to be aimed at the use of single- rather than double-sided flags, which will always cause problems when displayed in a window (though not as many problems as, e.g., the Saudi flag causes).

I also enjoy the reverse-pedantry on the choice of name of the flag ;-)
by JacobH
10:08 Wed 08 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: please help! white port fuzz!
Replies: 20
Views: 2715

Re: please help! white port fuzz!

ok, pretty disgusting! BUT, how did this mold start out? swirling little cloud of reddish brown particles that settled eventually? or were they just white lumps of mold? No, it just grew on the surface of the Port in the glass which I’d forgotten about for a few days in some particularly hot weathe...
by JacobH
11:25 Tue 07 Aug 2012
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Olympics discussion thread
Replies: 39
Views: 6087

Re: Olympics discussion thread

One thing that interests me about the Olympics is the unique opportunity to watch some minority sports played at the highest level. Unfortunately, many of them are really disappointing. For example, in Judo, the only throws that seem to be used are the simplest and the umpires seem to break the figh...
by JacobH
10:30 Tue 07 Aug 2012
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: please help! white port fuzz!
Replies: 20
Views: 2715

Re: please help! white port fuzz!

Andy Velebil wrote:Highly doubt it's mold since you've added brandy which upped the alcohol and would kill it off and the odds of it being in all the bottles is very rare.
I used to think that, but after some, ahem, rigorous experimentation, managed to disprove that theorem:
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