1970 Royal Oporto

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1970 Royal Oporto

Post by DRT » 21:19 Sat 19 Jul 2008

Opened on 19th July 2008 to celebrate the birth of Little Ben Read.

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"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Post by benread » 21:23 Sat 19 Jul 2008

Very keen to know what you think. I have one bottle of this lurking in my 'cellar'!
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Post by DRT » 21:32 Sat 19 Jul 2008

My first ever RO VP.

Decanted 2 hours (nearly)
A very attractive red/amber colour. Clear and bright, obviously well developed for a 1970. A distinct lack of fruit on the nose. A sweet, slightly floral smell. Very thick and syrupy in the mouth. Smooth entry. Sticky toffee pudding with a little heat in the mid-palate. The finish is quite long and warming.

This is a huge surprise to me. I bought this on Ebay about 4 years ago for not much more than nothing and feared it would be cooked and spoiled. It isn't, it is a very nice glass of mature VP. It has no long life ahead of it and has probably seen better days but today it is very nice indeed.

So, I raise a glass of Royal Oporto 1970 to Little Ben - all the best young lad, may your father leave you a decent cellar to enjoy :wink:
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Post by g-man » 05:37 Sun 20 Jul 2008

yea that color is brilliant with very little signs of bricking around the edges at all!!!1


, can I ask how much you paid for it?.

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Post by DRT » 10:19 Sun 20 Jul 2008

g-man wrote:can I ask how much you paid for it?.
I managed to track down my PayPal transaction for this bottle. It cost me £18 in Sep 2004.
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Post by mosesbotbol » 14:40 Tue 22 Jul 2008

I am bidding on a bottle of RO '70, I am excited to hear that it decent at a minimum. Adding this bottle to the 1970 Horizontal.

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Post by Andy Velebil » 21:07 Tue 22 Jul 2008

I just won a couple of these for $30 each. Figured for that price I couldn't go wrong. if anything, they could plug a hole in a horizontal one day.

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Post by DRT » 21:11 Tue 22 Jul 2008

+ 3 Days
Still nice and thick with a warming glow. Perhaps should have been opened on a winter night but well worth that sacrifice to cellebrate Edward's entry to the world. :wink:
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Post by benread » 16:19 Thu 24 Jul 2008

DRT wrote:+ 3 Days
Still nice and thick with a warming glow. Perhaps should have been opened on a winter night but well worth that sacrifice to cellebrate Edward's entry to the world. :wink:
I can second the above! My small tasting arrived courtesy of Royal Mail yesterday and was consumed as I contemplated life. Unfortunately, before I had the opportunity to share my thoughts, young Edward demanded attention of the type not needing to be discussed!

Otherwise, I would record that at +96 this remained a similar lovely pale red/brown colour and was a delight to enjoy.

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Post by DRT » 16:41 Thu 24 Jul 2008

benread wrote: Otherwise, I would record that at +96 this remained a similar lovely pale red/brown colour and was a delight to enjoy.

Thank you.
No problem, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Mustard-seed texture, IIRC.

Post by jdaw1 » 18:14 Thu 24 Jul 2008

benread wrote:young Edward demanded attention of the type not needing to be discussed!
benread wrote:pale red/brown colour
Mustard-seed texture, IIRC.

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Re: Mustard-seed texture, IIRC.

Post by benread » 22:57 Thu 24 Jul 2008

jdaw1 wrote:
benread wrote:young Edward demanded attention of the type not needing to be discussed!
benread wrote:pale red/brown colour
Mustard-seed texture, IIRC.
That is one of the many variations we have seen in just 6 days!
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Re: 1970 Royal Oporto

Post by DRT » 00:43 Wed 06 Aug 2008

+17 Days (refridgerated)
I discovered this in the fridge when I returned home from holiday. Still extremely thick in the mouth with some citrus fruits and a little heat. Surprisingly drinkable after all this time since decanting and a good example of how refridgeration can help extend the life of an open bottle.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

Ernest H. Cockburn

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