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by DaveRL
16:58 Fri 12 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1992 Fonseca
Replies: 3
Views: 798

1992 Fonseca

D+3 Dark dense red, browning slightly at the edges. Little in nose. Alcohol and some plum. In the mouth sweet, quite viscous. Not much fruit - some more plum, figs. A little liquorice. A little medicinal. Finishes slightly bitter. Dark chocolate. Savoury, a Rhone meaty savoury component. Acidity pro...
by DaveRL
20:43 Wed 03 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: New port barrel help
Replies: 25
Views: 2272

Re: New port barrel help

If I had a port barrel with port and brandy already in it I'd give it a go. I'd follow the RSL guy's advice. I don't think the quality will shake the earth, but you'll have fun and learn how it works. Drink some, and it you like the liquid that comes out more the port you fill it up with, you're ont...
by DaveRL
14:22 Tue 02 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: New port barrel help
Replies: 25
Views: 2272

Re: New port barrel help

Returned and Services League of Australia? There are a lot of Australian references to port barrels.
by DaveRL
13:56 Tue 02 Sep 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 5541

Re: House decanter labels

I'm sure no one will have a need, but to tie a loose end, the tough waterproof laser printer paper I used is Zecom, and still sold, although I remember it being cheaper.

Edit. Available as tie on labels too.
by DaveRL
00:24 Thu 28 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2008 Sandeman LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: 2008 Sandeman LBV

I tend to agree on the punt theory. More expensive glass, more impressive looking bottle on shelf. Attempting a higher price. Some punts are massive. New world over done everything blockbusters at most extreme, but biggest punt at cheapest price game can be worth playing.
by DaveRL
00:15 Thu 28 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 5541

Re: House decanter labels

Thank you. Cutting and sticking entertainment.
by DaveRL
19:42 Wed 27 Aug 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Alcohol and health
Replies: 336
Views: 61357

Re: Alcohol and health

jdaw1 wrote:Great news about Sainsbury’s own-brand Madeira (which is excellent value):
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If drunk from a glass, zero calories. Fantastic diet drink.
Less good news on the alcohol. It, along with the energy, vanishes....
by DaveRL
22:12 Tue 26 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 5541

Re: House decanter labels

Would it be wrong to want a Graham 66 label (my birth year) pretending it was house port yet decant in anything to hand. Yes it would. Could be funny fooling the Inlaws though.
by DaveRL
22:04 Tue 26 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 5541

Re: House decanter labels

Graham pair good. The investor in me shudders that I wouldn't want to label Tesco 1994. I have plenty of Bomfim and Vargellas 2001 but perhaps too soon.
by DaveRL
14:07 Tue 26 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 5541

Re: House decanter labels

I knew the answer would in front of me. My iphone made that bit of text rather small and hidden under a floating "open PDF with?" box!

I bought some waterproof laser printer "paper" some years ago which would prevent red smears appearing on the label.
by DaveRL
21:17 Mon 25 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: House decanter labels
Replies: 17
Views: 5541

Re: House decanter labels

I like them. Reluctantly I realise I don't currently have a need. Perhaps I should. Hmm. Are they printed on card?
by DaveRL
09:03 Thu 14 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Wine Society Crusted (bottled 2006)
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: 2006 Wine Society Crusted

I had a little sip of the remains this morning, purely in the interests of science (the sacrifices I make). It is now a bit flat, lacking ripe fruit, getting a bit bruised. Perhaps to be expected given the time it has been open. Not hot though, and good acidity. I had a large G+T palate primer last ...
by DaveRL
08:34 Thu 14 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Wine Society Crusted (bottled 2006)
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: 2006 Wine Society Crusted

Exactly! :D
by DaveRL
23:25 Wed 13 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Wine Society Crusted (bottled 2006)
Replies: 4
Views: 488

NV Wine Society Crusted (bottled 2006)

Fonseca, apparently. Firstly, apologies for the lack of scientific rigour. Clearly postgrad Geochemistry fail. I can only guess at timings and tastings as my initial yeurch (hence switch off) was wrong. On opening, a week or so ago, young, big, hot. Alcohol significant. Plums blackberries liquorice ...
by DaveRL
17:18 Tue 05 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"
Replies: 28
Views: 2303

Re: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"

Now I'm having visions of a cross between The Great Escape, and Wind in the Willows (where Ratty forages for food and beer (port in this case, clearly) in Mole's home).
by DaveRL
16:10 Mon 04 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 49
Views: 4191

Re: 1994 Tesco

Thanks. Encouraging - looks similar to ones I bought recently (I'm not at home so can't immediately check). I wonder: does buying from Tesco Wine Direct improve the odds of getting better bottles?
by DaveRL
14:47 Mon 04 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 49
Views: 4191

Re: 1994 Tesco

What label and cork did this example have - seems one of the better ones?
by DaveRL
14:43 Mon 04 Aug 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"
Replies: 28
Views: 2303

Re: "...and the bottle must remain up-right"

Really very good. The sort of thing I imagine I could make, but when I try I fail by some margin. I have some lovely cherry which my local tree surgeon dropped off for me to saw/chop up for our fire, and it seems almost criminal to burn it. I'll keep some chain saw chippings for hot smoking - duck b...
by DaveRL
14:34 Fri 25 Jul 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Niepoort 1896
Replies: 24
Views: 5155

Re: Niepoort 1896

Why are you posting photographs of boxes, and not photographs of bottles? Though I agree with your sentiment, it might be that the boxes, presumably of the 2007s , are unopened. In which case it is better that they stay unopened. Yes, you're right, the closed boxes should remain closed. I was drawi...
by DaveRL
12:12 Fri 25 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1397
Views: 160160

Re: Latest buy

6 Graham's Crusted 1998 from Sainsbury's, currently 25% off when buying 6 assorted bottles.
by DaveRL
11:54 Fri 25 Jul 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Niepoort 1896
Replies: 24
Views: 5155

Re: Niepoort 1896

Have you read the forum note on private sales? Why are you posting photographs of boxes, and not photographs of bottles? There are many here (not me, I'm a novice) who can determine a great deal from decent photographs, and have great experience purchasing port from all manner of sources. You're mor...
by DaveRL
09:49 Fri 18 Jul 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: "Made to be drunk young"
Replies: 17
Views: 1784

Re: "Made to be drunk young"

I hope ageing potential isn't compromised in the goal of producing port that drinks moderately well young.
by DaveRL
09:12 Fri 18 Jul 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Burmester 50 60 63
Replies: 7
Views: 2322

Re: Burmester 50 60 63

Sorry to be somewhat negative about your asking price, but a quick look at winesearcher shows these wines available at retail for considerably lower than this. Normally private sale prices asked are of course considerably less than retail, due to the risks involved. There appears to be a lack of int...
by DaveRL
11:40 Fri 04 Jul 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 27 November - Berry Brothers Port Walk
Replies: 114
Views: 14004

Re: Thu 27 November - Berry Brothers Port Walk

Thanks for the heads up, I was hoping to go to this event. I now have secured a ticket (thanks Harry at BBR, very helpful), and look forward to seeing you there.
by DaveRL
20:39 Tue 24 Jun 2014
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 390089

Re: One quiz at a time

Rum. Nautical. Captain Jack Sparrow?