A very boring offline - Thu 3 Jan 2013

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Alex Bridgeman
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A very boring offline - Thu 3 Jan 2013

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On Thursday 3rd January, 4 port lovers gathered together at the Davy's Bar & Grill (fomerly known as The Bung Hole) in Holborn. The plan was to bring a half bottle wrapped in foil so that it would be a relaxed and gentle evening. Although the Bung Hole was closed downstairs, we were well looked after in our usual fashion - although clearly an embarrasment as we given a table hidden out of sight behind the bar.

AHB brought a half bottle wrapped in foil, opened and decanted an hour or so before drinking began.
To AHB's alarm, WS1 brought a screw-top bottle of German red wine. Fortunately it had been emptied and filled with port. WS1 also brought a delicious bottle of Dalwhinne 1998 Shiraz.
RAYC brought a bottle of Warre 1970 with lovely pink/orange wax remaining around the neck of the bottle.
CMAG arrived unexpectedly, looked longingly at the glasses and bottles, made his apologies and departed.

AHB's port was mature, elderly and a little frail - but by no means undrinkable; perhaps it was showing "the patina of age" but AHB simply described it as having "that rosemary smell that really old vintage port gets". Consensus guess was that this was Sandeman 1960.

WS1's port was delicious, medium-bodied and perfectly poised to be drunk now or in 10 years time.

RAYC's port was full, rich and fruity with soft tannins showing on the finish. Another to be drunk now or in a decade or two. Consensus guess was Cockburn, but opinion was split whether the '63 or the '70.


AHB's port was revealed to be Cockburn 1955, bottled in Oporto in a half bottle.

WS1's port was revealed to be Cockburn 1955, bottled in the UK by an unknown bottler.

RAYC's port was revealed to be Cockburn 1955, bottled by Newcastle Breweries.


We held the very first Port Forum Verizontal Tasting! A Cockburn 1955 Verizontal! What a great way to start 2013's port tastings.


Organising the tasting
Cockburn 1955 from half bottle
Cockburn 1955, English bottled by an unknown bottler
Cockburn 1955, bottled by Newcastle Breweries
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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.
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Re: A very boring offline - Thu 3 Jan 2013

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What was WOTN? :)
"The first duty of Port is to be red"
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Fantastic! :)
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Oh and I forgot to say that the 1998 Dalwhinnie Shiraz is good isn't it? Had it three years ago but I suspect it has improved even further.
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Re: A very boring offline - Thu 3 Jan 2013

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DRT wrote:What was WOTN? :)
It did make choosing the wine of the night quite easy.
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.
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griff wrote:Oh and I forgot to say that the 1998 Dalwhinnie Shiraz is good isn't it? Had it three years ago but I suspect it has improved even further.
It was fabulous. WS1 was kind enough to choose it as he knows I am rather partial to a nice drop of mature Shiraz.
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.
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What a wonderful coincidence. Seems like your systems have aligned, you have been drinking too many ports together for too long. :wink:
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Perfect story, good laugh. This should lead us back to a tasting of one Port with all possible bottlers.

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