1890 Unknown (Bottled by Sandbach & Sons)

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1890 Unknown (Bottled by Sandbach & Sons)

Post by DRT » 22:24 Sat 12 Jul 2008

"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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The two 1890 bottles.

Post by jdaw1 » 23:59 Mon 14 Jul 2008

Wording of above post changed to distinguish the two bottles.

The two 1890 bottles.
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The capsule of the 1890 Unknown Shipper vintage port (AHB)

Post by jdaw1 » 00:02 Tue 15 Jul 2008

The capsule of the 1890 Unknown Shipper vintage port (AHB).
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1890 Unknown Shipper vintage port (AHB)

Post by jdaw1 » 00:22 Tue 15 Jul 2008

Paler than the ?1980 (DRT), and madeira brown. Much heavier in the mouth, with sugar + heat late in the palate. Later, both Alex and I found it extremely tannic on the teeth? Whence came those tannins? Not there at D+30mins; but very furry dentistry at D+3hrs. Don’t know what to make of that.
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Post by DRT » 02:26 Tue 15 Jul 2008

I recall this being much thicker texture to the other 1980. I was extremely impressed that we had two bttles from a 118 year old vinatge that were bothvery much alive. In truth, I preferred the other bottle of 1890 on the night.

Here is my note from the dregs taken home in a small bottle...

+24 Hours
Bright amber colour. Sticking to the glass like glue when you swirl. Melon on the nose. Nice weight and very smooth. A slight bitterness then a rush of mouthwatering toffee sweetness. A warm glow on the palate and at the back of the tongue. An immensely long finish that has my cheeks watering for a few minutes afterwards. Delicious.

Jo said: Doesn't smell as old as the 1830. Perfume. Pinches the cheeks together like sugary sweets. Spirity, tastes more like brandy than port.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1890 Unknown Shipper vintage port (AHB)

Post by KillerB » 11:28 Wed 16 Jul 2008

jdaw1 wrote:Paler than the ?1980 (DRT), and madeira brown. Much heavier in the mouth, with sugar + heat late in the palate. Later, both Alex and I found it extremely tannic on the teeth? Whence came those tannins? Not there at D+30mins; but very furry dentistry at D+3hrs. Don’t know what to make of that.
DiRT wrote:I recall this being much thicker texture to the other 1980. I was extremely impressed that we had two bttles from a 118 year old vinatge that were bothvery much alive. In truth, I preferred the other bottle of 1890 on the night.

The other 1980 or 1890 - make your minds up the pair of you.
Port is basically a red drink

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Eighteen ninety: team SNAFU.

Post by jdaw1 » 12:08 Wed 16 Jul 2008

Eighteen ninety: team SNAFU.

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Post by AHB » 22:05 Fri 18 Jul 2008

Slightly lighter in colour than the 1890 from DRT served alongside this, a touch more hazel in colour and some green on the rim; perhaps slightly cloudy. Very similar nose to the DRT version, heavy and antiseptic. Sweet but a little hollow on entry and a thicker texture than the DRT. A touch harsh and bitter in the late mid-palate, but more aeration brings out some vanilla and wood ash and a great streak of acidity. Heat shows at the start of the aftertaste, but this fades quickly.

The nose shows some black treacle after time in the glass, with a streak of balancing lemon juice. Drinkable and enjoyable with a very pleasant aftertaste. 89/100.
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