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Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 23:26 Sat 02 May 2015
by jdaw1

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 00:11 Sun 10 May 2015
by jdaw1
An excellent tasting, splendidly arranged by Axel, in which Niepoort just pipped Taylor for the prize, with Croft taking the bronze.

More later.

Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 00:36 Sun 10 May 2015
by DRT
Excellent indeed. Thank you to those who opened their cellars to allow this to happen.

My only regret from the evening was seeing how much 70 year old port ended up in the buckets.

Perhaps old horizontals should be a little more focussed in the future? Some of these wines would have been sipped enthusiastically on their own but struggled in the presence of the top half dozen. It was a shame to see them poured away.

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 10:54 Sun 10 May 2015
by jdaw1
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Posted: 10:55 Sun 10 May 2015
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Posted: 10:55 Sun 10 May 2015
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Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 10:56 Sun 10 May 2015
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Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 10:56 Sun 10 May 2015
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Posted: 10:56 Sun 10 May 2015
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Posted: 10:56 Sun 10 May 2015
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Posted: 10:56 Sun 10 May 2015
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Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 10:58 Sun 10 May 2015
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Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 11:09 Sun 10 May 2015
by jdaw1
The traditional vote for the wine of the night.
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Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 11:14 Sun 10 May 2015
by jdaw1
There followed, by Axel’s command, a vote for “Worst Non-Flawed Wine Of The Night”. Done carelessly this could just be a question of ‘How flawed is flawed?’, so Axel made a ruling that the flawed wines were Morgan, Constantino, Sandeman, and Warre. Other than which we didn’t like Royal Oporto and Feuerheerd, and also Ferreira.
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Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 11:17 Sun 10 May 2015
by DRT
I am not disappointed that AHB and I picked the same top three, albeit that he got them in slightly the wrong order :wink:

I am at a complete loss as to why my impression of the Niepoort was so wildly different to everyone else.

Note to self: DRT should not buy old Niepoort based on the recommendation of others.

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 20:03 Mon 11 May 2015
by AHB
That was a truly splendid tasting, one which we are unlikely to see again. 23 ports from 1945 in a single line up. Thank you Axel for organising it and for getting us into the RAF Club once again.

I couldn't split the Croft and the Fonseca so made them my joint POTN.

And I consoled myself that most of the port being dumped in the buckets was Morgan, Constantino, Sandeman or Warre.

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 08:17 Tue 12 May 2015
by Axel P
Thank you for all your contributions to the tasting, which I very much enjoyed. Due to some sentimental reasons I was also very happy to have this tasting in the RAF Club again.

Noted the critique though and fully understood. I had the same feeling myself, but would not have Ports like Offley and Kopke on my scope to almost rival the greatest.

This for me is the learning experience that I get out of these tastings (amongst others).

Axel

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 17:02 Tue 12 May 2015
by PhilW
An astounding evening, unlikely to be repeated. While there were some faulty wines (including the Dow not mentioned above) it was a great feat to have been able to get bottles of this age from so many producers and a privilege to be able to taste them all. Some of the wines were truly amazing, such as the colour of the Kopke (very dark and lovely), and the Graham, Fonseca, Niepoort, Kopke, Croft, Noval and Eira Vehla were all excellent or better by my ratings.

The RAF club is a very classy venue, and it was a pleasure to have been there again. Thanks again to Axel for all the efforts in putting this together for us all.

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 15:43 Sun 17 May 2015
by WS1
It was a brilliant tasting! Also the president's room in the RAF club is a classy venue. Thanks to Axel for organising it all and also let me adopt ports from him and take part in this event. As highlighted before this is an unlikely event to be repeated due to the prices vintage ports from 1945 nowadays command and their scarce availbilty.
As a general theme I found the complexity in flavours in the ports we had the most strinking point. Aside the obvious flawed bts all ports had a very good structure and excellent complexity. DRT is right it was sad to see so much good port ending up in the buckets. Maybe next time we bt a blend and consume it at the next offline. The Boot&Flogger is no open on Sundays; so we could have had an after tasting there.... :roll: :nirvana:

looking fwd to the next tasting

regards

WS1

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 09:12 Fri 05 Jun 2015
by christopherpfaff
I was busy this week, here is my second summarization of an outstanding tasting (now I will make a summer brake).

Please excuse my very bad englisch, but I think most of you will understand it better than my not all that bad german.

I´m proudly present, the video of this unique tasting (some participants will recovery themselves in the scene)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O49BSpx ... e=youtu.be

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 22:31 Sun 07 Jun 2015
by jdaw1
My TNs posted; THRA’s will be posted soon.
I wasn’t “celebrating seventy years of peace and friendship in central and western Europe”. I was drinking Port. Which is much more important.

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 10:08 Mon 08 Jun 2015
by jdaw1
THRA’s TNs have been posted. Other TNs would be welcomed.

Re: Sat 09 May 2015, RAF Club, 1945s

Posted: 07:56 Mon 22 Jun 2015
by PhilW
I wonder; was this our first tasting where the total age of the wines exceeded 1500 years? (yes, I'm including at least one of the aperitifs, without which we would be 30 years short).