1970 Graham

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djewesbury
Graham’s 1970
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1970 Graham

Post by djewesbury » 00:36 Mon 25 Nov 2013

The bottle says "Grants of St. James's" at the bottom of the standard Graham label, but it is unclear whether this was bottled by them or simply imported; presumably the former.

D+8
Very pale, a tawny colour really (pale ruby, with orange and brown), about 35% opaque. A thick crust in the bottle, with fine sediment in the wine.
Nose has burnt orange, spirit, bitter caramel (Dime bar). Tiny amount of chocolate.
Mouth shows very spirity. Unbalanced at first. Very soft and slightly minty at first, with alcohol in the middle, and a long highland toffee finish with baked apricot / honeyed figs.
Bitter caramel also lingers in the finish.

D+9
Totally integrated, maybe fading though. Black cherry (kirsch).

2nd and 3rd days: This was not fading, merely softening. By the time we get to the end of the decanter this has the juiciness of a young tawny, with the lovely mouth-watering soft tannins of a very good first-flush darjeeling - slightly bitter but very fruity too - red fruit, particularly strawberries.

This was different to the G70s I've had recently but it was nonetheless very fine.
Daniel J.
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RAYC
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Re: 1970 Graham

Post by RAYC » 12:37 Mon 25 Nov 2013

djewesbury wrote:The bottle says "Grants of St. James's" at the bottom of the standard Graham label, but it is unclear whether this was bottled by them or simply imported; presumably the former.
Does it have a selo? That one indication of whether it was oporto or london-bottled.
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Re: 1970 Graham

Post by djewesbury » 12:39 Mon 25 Nov 2013

RAYC wrote:
djewesbury wrote:The bottle says "Grants of St. James's" at the bottom of the standard Graham label, but it is unclear whether this was bottled by them or simply imported; presumably the former.
Does it have a selo? That one indication of whether it was oporto or london-bottled.
Good thinking. No selo, so London. Also one of those stout plastic capsules with 'Graham 1970 Vintage' in raised letters on the top.
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