Having written and posted my tasting notes I find there are two things I need to add:
(1) A huge thank you to Neil, not just for organising the event but also for the magnificent magnum of Champagne Gosset 2006 Blanc de Blanc (Fine & Rare Selection) which was absolutely wonderful - although it ran out before a slightly harassed JDAW arrived; and
(2) An equally huge thanks to my fellow Port lovers, who generously opened some wonderful bottles and shared some very unusual wines. Despite me having written some 6,300 Port tasting notes over my tasting "career" covering over 2,000 different Ports there were 3 wines we drank last Wednesday which I have not tasted before. Those were the 1940 Diez Hermanos, the 1950 Dow and the 1942 Sandeman. What fun!
Top Ports in 2021: Niepoort Garrafeira 1931; Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Cockburn 1969 Single Harvest Tawny
Top Port in 2022 so far: the most stunning bottle of Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port.