27 appears to have been a very important number for this tasting. Not only does it feature a number of times in the line-up and in jdaw1's colourful description of the evening, it is also the number of text messages I received from jdaw1 letting me know what a wonderful time you were all having whilst I was at work
There were one or two attempts to disuade; mostly along the lines of "Julian; you definitely shouldn't send Derek another text to let him know the next one is *another* '27 - and don't forget not to tell him this one's a Dow..."
A superb evening, with an amazing lineup of ports. Couple of queries from my notes on the list of what we had:
- I believe #5 should be Unknown 1922, perhaps Sandeman? (i.e. not known/confirmed, with some believing it might be another shipper [Mz])
- I believe #4 should be Unknown 1928 Crusted, perhaps Cockburn? (I might just have missed the reveal on this one though)
- I have #8 down as Quinta das Lamelas 40yr+ Very Old White Port (maybe same thing, just additional detail)
From a great start (the 28 Crusted) the evening just got better and better, with an unexpected mini-1927 horizontal (Dow, Croft, Taylor x2). The second of the two T27s had an amazing amount of colour and was delicious, though pipped for me for VP of the night by the Cr27 (thanks again to AHB for the adoption) - I was going to say "and just behind were..." but I realised I'd have to list most of the bottles! A superb selection, with Dirk's VV as the last bottle opened bringing an auspicious line-up to completion in a delicious manner.
Major thanks to Tom for organisation (including the delicious steaks) and to all for a great evening.