1985 Churchill

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1985 Churchill

Post by jdaw1 » 15:57 Wed 30 Apr 2014

With SushiNorth in London a few of us braved the tube strike to meet in the Bung Hole, the chosen theme being ‘Crazy 8s’.

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Re: Crazy 8's: London, April 30th 2014

Post by John M » 19:29 Wed 30 Apr 2014

Following four posts moved here from planning thread, by jdaw1.

Curious to know how the 1985 Churchill's shows. Just had it in a small line up of 1985's, including a Grahams, and it was the WOTN---shocked all of us.

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Re: Crazy 8's: London, April 30th 2014

Post by jdaw1 » 23:31 Wed 30 Apr 2014

Second for us, behind DB78!

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Re: Crazy 8's: London, April 30th 2014

Post by PhilW » 08:55 Thu 01 May 2014

John M wrote:Curious to know how the 1985 Churchill's shows. Just had it in a small line up of 1985's, including a Grahams, and it was the WOTN---shocked all of us.
I have a soft spot for Ch85 - When I first joined :tpf: I was at that time looking for a new port from the 80s to be my new house port, and after attending a couple of tastings in London had determined two candidates, Cá85 and Ch85. Since the former had little availability, I shared purchase of a case of Ch85 with RAYC and every single bottle of my half of that case has showed very well, been delicious, and in the process has converted a couple of my friends locally into port drinkers. Since then I've had a lot of the other 85s, and while some can be more impressive at times (notably F85), I have to say that while a little softer in style I am definitely a big fan of the Ch85.

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Re: Crazy 8's: London, April 30th 2014

Post by flash_uk » 10:39 Thu 01 May 2014

Phil - do you have a preferred source for Ch85 with best prices or do you pick up at auction?

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Re: 1985 Churchill

Post by jdaw1 » 11:01 Thu 01 May 2014

Above four posts moved here from planning thread, by jdaw1.

Ch85, decanted 18:00. Dark red, 60% opaque; lovely colour. Nose somewhat closed, but showing structure and red fruit. Plate full of things. Heat showing, mixed with black-pepper spice. Lots of acidity and tannin and fruit. Great structure. Very obviously a Ch85 from the good batch. Would be even better after another half decade in the cellar.

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Re: Crazy 8's: London, April 30th 2014

Post by PhilW » 11:12 Thu 01 May 2014

flash_uk wrote:Phil - do you have a preferred source for Ch85 with best prices or do you pick up at auction?
That case was bought in-bond at retail, at a good price.

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Re: 1985 Churchill

Post by AHB » 07:50 Thu 29 May 2014

I bought most of mine from the BBX site at Berry's for around £25-35 per bottle.

You sometimes see it go for the lower end of that price range at auction where few people want to buy it.
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