firstly big thank you to Rob and Julian organising it all and putting all the effort in. It was a great tasting nevertheless my overall impression of the evening was good but not as exciting as I hoped it would be. I was very fond of the new glass service we used. We should continue to do this despite the cost; the results were a lot better than with the RAF glasses. However still the tasting experience in the RAF club lower ground floor is somehow not as good as on the 1st floor.
With regards to the ports I was suprised to see the 85 GC + SW + QH so pale already. Also it seems GC + SW + QH had a very good stretch in the early 80ties. For me clearly 80 and 83 GC + SW + QH were very good indeed!
The 70 GC + SW + QH did not perform on the night. QH had VA and I think for GC + SW this was down to bts which were recently imported into the country and did not have enough rest. I had a lot better experiences especially with GC and SW 1970.
The 77s were very good (leaving the corked bt aside) but were also somehow closed and potentially should have decanted earlier. For me shocking was how evolved the 91s are already. On the night I did not like them and i think we need to revisite 91 and in comparison 92. This was discussed in length in
and after this experience I would vote for one of the next bigger tastings we organise should be a 91/92 comparison tasting in whatever form (tbd).
The 94s were very uninspiring and show clearly that they entered finally into the closed space.