1963 Berry Brothers

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1963 Berry Brothers

Post by jdaw1 » 11:11 Wed 09 Oct 2013

To celebrate the Quinquagenary of AHB, he arranged a horizontal of 1963s in Wokingham at The Cantley House Hotel (evenings of Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2013) and The Walter Arms (lunch on Saturday 12th), and two evening Champagne tastings for our better halves. Sadly the venue was not able to accommodate all he would have liked to have invited. Diaries had been blocked since early 2012, and bottles had been gathered for most of a decade before that. A splendid weekend indeed.

Partial links:
Review of the event as a whole, which starts with a full set of links;
Placemats (and parameters by which constructed).

On the placemats BBR had special attention.
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  • Observe the long definition of the ‟Bros” part of BBR, all just to get a dot under a smaller ‘s’. Perhaps it was gratuitous. The code was copied from one of the more obscure manual pages.

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Re: 1963 Berry Brothers

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Re: 1963 Berry Brothers

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Re: 1963 Berry Brothers

Post by jdaw1 » 23:11 Sun 13 Oct 2013

Some links:
Review which includes links to the Champagnes; Placemats and their Parameters;
• Fri evening 1963s: VS QH GC Ck G | Kh Mg Av F | RV Rs S Dl Cn;
• Sat aftern’n 1963s: Sb RVi RCV Ad RO | Dm BBR T Cr Ni | Mk Fd O Mz;
• Sat evening 1963s: MC W D N NN | A B&I Df PS Cv | GB CáF B Fr;
• Others: 1863 Burmester, 1977 Warre (tappitt hen), Martinez Crusted bottled 1973, 1966 Château Batailley (magnum).

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Re: 1963 Berry Brothers

Post by jdaw1 » 11:37 Mon 14 Oct 2013

BBR63, allegedly Taylor. Red to brown at edge, 40% opaque. Nose nasty. Untasted, partly because others said that the taste was the same as the nose.

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Re: 1963 Berry Brothers

Post by DRT » 23:35 Mon 14 Oct 2013

Oxidised nose. On the recommendation of JDAW this was not tasted.
"The first duty of Port is to be red"

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Re: 1963 Berry Brothers

Post by uncle tom » 17:54 Sun 20 Oct 2013

Looked better than it tasted - no major defects, just didn't wow me..
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Re: 1963 Berry Brothers

Post by WS1 » 10:29 Sun 03 Nov 2013

cloudy dark ruby red, colour show signs of age and handicap; slightly maderised smell; not bad smell but noticeably slightly foul smell of various fruits; slightly oxidised, but still enjoyable; nice fruit composition.
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Re: 1963 Berry Brothers

Post by AHB » 09:30 Tue 05 Nov 2013

Deep orange colour, 50% opaque. Oxidised nose, rather smelly. Sweeteness on entry but little flavour. Some butterscotch and orange peel comes through on the mid-palate and delivers decent flavours and complexity. Sugary aftertaste and finish, with lots of acidity delivering a bitter grapefruit. This is drinkable, but well past its best. 82/100. Drunk 11-Oct-13. Decanted 3½ hours.
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