1966 Quinta do Noval

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1966 Quinta do Noval

Post by jdaw1 » 03:42 Wed 16 Jan 2008

TN: Noval 1966

The Deeper Underground 1966 Horizontal, held at the Crusting Pipe, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RD, on Monday 28 January 2008.

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Post by DRT » 09:33 Wed 16 Jan 2008

One of four bottles purchased from Uncle Tom by Derek T in December 2007. The total cost of £180 was subsequently shared equally between Conky, KillerB, Overtired & emotional and Derek T, the last of whom takes credit for the contribution of this bottle to the line-up.

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Post by AHB » 12:27 Thu 17 Jan 2008

I notice that the Noval has one of those horrible plastic caps protecting the cork - decanting personnel be aware!
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Post by KillerB » 14:03 Thu 17 Jan 2008

AHB wrote:I notice that the Noval has one of those horrible plastic caps protecting the cork - decanting personnel be aware!
I foresee a trip to the hospital.
Port is basically a red drink

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Post by DRT » 14:15 Thu 17 Jan 2008

As this is my bottle and I am one of two members of The Deeper Underground 1966 Port Tasting Decanting Team it looks like it will be I who ends up in A&E with a penknife sticking out of the palm of my left hand at around 16:30.

Luckily, jdaw is acting as official photographer during the decanting ceremony and will be able to show you the pictures when you all turn up at 18:30 for the tasting.

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Post by AHB » 18:36 Thu 17 Jan 2008

I see it's been a while since you last went to A&E in London. If you arrive at A&E with a penknife in your hand at 1630 we might see you as Ian is locking up his front door having thrown us out at the end of the evening! But don't worry, we'll keep your port safe for you.

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Post by DRT » 00:32 Fri 18 Jan 2008

I should point out that there are in fact three people on the Deeper Underground 1966 Port Tasting Decanting Team, one of whom has a dual role as Official Photographer.

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Yin tongs

Post by Ghandih » 14:16 Mon 21 Jan 2008

All,

Is it not the case that the penknife issue would be completely avoided by judicious use of tongs? I know a place in Sussex that has some, and you know someone whose family lives there...


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Post by AHB » 14:30 Mon 21 Jan 2008

That is a perfectly respectable suggestion. I will see what fuel the Crusting Pipe uses in its kitchen and how they would feel about us using tongs.


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Post by AHB » 22:37 Tue 29 Jan 2008

Similar depth of colour to the Taylor - deep centre, red-brown with a paling rim. An open and inviting nose that was sweet and attractive with dried cranberries dominating over golden syrup. Golden syrup in the mouth which develops the cranberries promised on the nose and an odd tone of washing up liquid! A great aftertaste that grows and warms and reminds me of Christmas mince pies. This will last at least another 5-10 years. 6/7 on the Uncle Tom scale or 93/100. Decanted for 4 hours and drunk on 28/1/08.
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Post by DRT » 00:12 Wed 30 Jan 2008

This was a strange one. Most of the group were crying words like hot, harsh etc but AHB, I and some others seemed to have a different wine in our glass. I strongly suspect that some had tainted glasses. We will never know if that is true or whether the taint added to or detracted from the experience.

My TN says: "Dark. Smell of Humbugs. Lovely smooth & fruity" -Humbugs are old style boiled sweets (candy) that us Brits remember from our childhood.

AHB and I both rated this 4th out of 14.

Special thanks are due to Uncle Tom for allowing us to have this bottle from his cellar despite not being able to join us. Thank you, Tom.
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Post by Simon Lisle » 18:41 Thu 31 Jan 2008

Dissapointing funny taste to it? 8th

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1966 Noval cork

Post by jdaw1 » 03:29 Fri 08 Feb 2008

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