Thu 06 Apr - 55@55 again?

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Thu 06 Apr - 55@55 again?

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James Maitland, whose name will be familiar to any who buy port from Seckfords, has confessed to turning 55 in mid April next year and plans to celebrate his birthday by opening a bottle of 1955 Croft, from a case given to him as a Christening present.

When I suggested that he might like to provide us with an excuse to meet up in London in April next year - perhaps the night before BFT 2017 - and insist on sharing his bottle with other port lovers and being forced to drink other ports from 1955 brought by those other port lovers, he thought that would be a tremendous idea.

So who is in and what could you bring?
  1. James Maitland reconfirmed — Croft (at B&F);
  2. AHB reconfirmed — Gonzalez Byass (at B&F);
  3. JDAW reconfirmed - Taylor (at B&F);
  4. SCD reconfirmed - Noval (at B&F);
  5. CPR reconfirmed — Dow (at B&F);
  6. MPM reconfirmed — Warre (adopted from THRA, at B&F);
  7. IDJ reconfirmed — Fonseca (at B&F);
  8. THRA presumed to have reconfirmed — Graham (at B&F);
  9. JK reconfirmed - Cockburn (at B&F);
  10. JK's +1 reconfirmed - Offley (adopted, to be paid to THRA on the night; at THRA);
  11. CA confirmed - Sandeman (at B&F);
  12. GM. - Mackenzie (adopted, to be paid to THRA on the night; at B&F)
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  • PW — Graham, or Warre (lbv-ish), possibly Offley
  • TC reconfirmed;
  • DRT reconfirmed;
  • JB Vintage
  • AP
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Re: April 2017 - 55@55 again?

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Fifty-five is excellent. Yes please.
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Absolutely. Possibly the event I most wish I had attended, having only discovered TPF shortly after. G55, or W55(lbv-ish), possibly Offley.
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Please count me in. I hope to have a 55 to contribute by then.

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Yes please. I have D55
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A fine idea - count me in. I think I might have a Martinez, will check.
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Yes please.

The only 55 I have is a Butler Nephew, so it will be coming along too.
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Oh yes- definitely please. I still have a F55 from the batch from which we've already enjoyed a couple of bottles plus a G55.
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This post reserves a place for THRA.
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Count me in - have 14 different '55s, and am heavy on Taylor and Graham..
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I'm interested. I think I drunk my last 55 last night. That can be remedied somehow, most obviously with reference to Tom's last post.
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Ben Campbell-Johnston, by email, re the date of the 2017 BFT, wrote:I suspect it will be after St George’s day but before the London Wine Fair. It depends on several criteria, such as Easter dates, Decanter and IWC judging dates among other things – April 24th – May 5th looks likely.
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Wow - this got off the ground quickly.
Can I go on the list please?
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Waiting list, please to fill in the gaps Niepoort etc.
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Axel P wrote:Waiting list, please to fill in the gaps Niepoort etc.
There is room — you are, lucky for you, # 13 — so why the waiting list?
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I the best pedantic traditions of this site, might I point out that this should be 55@62..
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uncle tom wrote:I the best pedantic traditions of this site, might I point out that this should be 55@62..
AHB wrote:James Maitland, whose name will be familiar to any who buy port from Seckfords, has confessed to turning 55 in mid April next year and plans to celebrate his birthday by opening a bottle of 1955 Croft, from a case given to him as a Christening present.
1955s at James Maitland’s 55th. Abbreviated to “55@55”. All in the best pedantic traditions of this site.
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I would very much like to come as I will go the BFT. I hope there is still space in the tasting room. I have seven 1955s. In addition to the ones that has been mentioned I can provide a George Thienpont 1955 vintage, or a Tuke Holdsworth.
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Would be interested if there is a place left. Cockburn's (see Derek).
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Justin K wrote:Would be interested if there is a place left. Cockburn's (see Derek).
JB vintage wrote:I would very much like to come as I will go the BFT. I hope there is still space in the tasting room. I have seven 1955s. In addition to the ones that has been mentioned I can provide a George Thienpont 1955 vintage, or a Tuke Holdsworth.
Gentlemen - it would be an absolute pleasure to finally welcome both of you to one of our offlines in London. Even if we have to squeeze an extra 2 portions out of each bottle, as the organiser of the event I will use my executive powers to include you both.

It might be that once the date of the BFT is set that one or two people will not be able to attend and we will reduce numbers to our usual maximum of 14.
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Thank you Alex, I really appreciate that and look forward to seeing all of you!
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Justin K wrote:Would be interested if there is a place left. Cockburn's (see Derek).
My email records say it is a Croft and it should still be in the cellar of the Boot & Flogger.

Julian is checking.
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DRT wrote:
Justin K wrote:Would be interested if there is a place left. Cockburn's (see Derek).
My email records say it is a Croft and it should still be in the cellar of the Boot & Flogger.

Julian is checking.
Luke at B&F says that we have a Cockburn 1955 in the cellar.
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Sten and Stefan would like to come if possible.
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Not my tasting, but the first post suggests that it is already more than full.
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