A drink off the list at the Boot & Flogger, Dec 16

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A drink off the list at the Boot & Flogger, Dec 16

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In [url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&p=83745#p83744]a thread[/url] about testing [url=http://www.davy.co.uk/bootandflogger]the Boot & Flogger[/url] as a new venue for tastings, I wrote:December is unfortunately out altogether for the Boot & Flogger, so we are looking at January at the earliest. At this point I politely step aside and hand on the laurel crown to someone else, in the hope that I'm still able to make it on the date that is decided. Tom was very helpful and I think they'd like our business but he just didn't have a space in December.

On that note, does anyone want to share a bottle of Churchill 94 / Offley 70 on either of the dates mentioned (Monday 15 / Tuesday 16 Dec) ? If we can't have a room to ourselves we can at least meet for a civilised drink.
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2. RAB
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5. CPR
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The ports:
Offley 1977 (B&F)
Noval 1966 (B&F)
Dow 1970 (DRT)
Churchill 1994 (B&F)
Warre 1970 (B&F)
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Re: A drink off the list at the Boot & Flogger, Dec 15 or 16

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I'd be up for that. 15th or 16th look OK right now.
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Sounds good 16th is better for me
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The Supreme Commander Port-Drinking Forces Streatham has graciously allowed me to accept your invitation, for either day.
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Sadly not me. I'm in London overnight on the 17th and in Saffron Walden on the 18th so can't slide an extra night in the same week.
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I think we're edging towards the 16th then. Shame you can't join us Alex, but will see you in Essex.

Derek?
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djewesbury wrote:Derek?
Only if ≤ 16st 5 lb.
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jdaw1 wrote:
djewesbury wrote:Derek?
Only if ≤ 16st 5 lb.
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jdaw1 wrote:
djewesbury wrote:Derek?
Only if ≤ 16st 5 lb.
It's a deal.

A bottle of 1970 VP will attend this tasting. If I qualify for attendance I will drink it with you. If I don't, you will all drink it without me.
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This is beginning to sound interesting-I'll see if I can wangle a pass!
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DRT wrote:A bottle of 1970 VP will attend this tasting. If I qualify for attendance I will drink it with you. If I don't, you will all drink it without me.
Derek: this is not the agreed punishment. It is an improvement on the agreed punishment, so I agree to it.

Tasting Master: is a brought bottle allowed in an “off the list” tasting?

Tasting Master: if a date has been decided, please amend thread title.

All: in his previous dieting effort, DRT failed one weigh-in. The punishment was set to be a good ≤1970 Port from his cellar, to be drunk by the team, but without Derek.

All: will placemats be needed?

All: currently we have no table and six people (DJ, MPM, CPR, JDAW, DRT, IDJ). Damn the torpedoes?
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jdaw1 wrote:Tasting Master: is a brought bottle allowed in an “off the list” tasting?
I don't know about this one. Tricky question. Please give me your opinions. I am in two minds, viz:
(1) I would like to drink it, but
(2) I don't think it makes a good impression on persons who may become our new hosts if we attempt to bring our own without a prior arrangement.

The B&F has the usual Davy's 1970s available of course. Might that be a compromise?
jdaw1 wrote:Tasting Master: if a date has been decided, please amend thread title.
Done.
jdaw1 wrote:All: will placemats be needed?
I think we shall have to manage without; or perhaps an A5?
jdaw1 wrote:All: currently we have no table and six people (DJ, MPM, CPR, JDAW, DRT, IDJ). Damn the torpedoes?
7 actually - RAB will be joining us. I suggest we get there as early as we can and hog two tables.
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djewesbury wrote:
jdaw1 wrote:Tasting Master: is a brought bottle allowed in an “off the list” tasting?
I don't know about this one. Tricky question. Please give me your opinions. I am in two minds, viz:
(1) I would like to drink it, but
(2) I don't think it makes a good impression on persons who may become our new hosts if we attempt to bring our own without a prior arrangement.
Quite the purpose of my question.
djewesbury wrote:The B&F has the usual Davy's 1970s available of course. Might that be a compromise?
What is Davy’s 1970?
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jdaw1 wrote:All: will placemats be needed?
I think we shall have to manage without; or perhaps an A5?
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jdaw1 wrote:All: currently we have no table and six people (DJ, MPM, CPR, JDAW, DRT, IDJ). Damn the torpedoes?
7 actually - RAB will be joining us. I suggest we get there as early as we can and hog two tables.
Two tables that are already reserved? I asked because I feared the torpedoes.
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By Davy's 1970s (pl.) I mean the 1970s that are on their fine wine list. Offley and Warre?

What are the tables in the public area like? Are we unlikely to be able to bag two if we're there early? Do you think the Christmas crowds will have everything booked?
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djewesbury wrote:Do you think the Christmas crowds will have everything booked?
Yes.
djewesbury wrote:By Davy's 1970s (pl.) I mean the 1970s that are on their fine wine list. Offley and Warre?
I shared a lunchtime bottle of the W70, at the B&F, with a journalist from the FT. Lovely. (W70, rather than the male journo.)
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Your solution?
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djewesbury wrote:Your solution?
∅.
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Someone please interpret.

Average?

Diameter?
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∅ = Empty set.

If we were two or three, we might have squeezed in. But based on your report of your conversation with management, seven won’t work. If I have misunderstood your report of your conversation, say so.
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I see. Then I suggest we just turn up in twos and threes and see what we can manage. At the very worst we can decamp to the George and drink beer.
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djewesbury wrote:At the very worst we can decamp to the George and drink beer.
An excellent back-up plan.
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Will glasses not be a problem for you? Or are you relying on B&F having a suffiency?
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I am presuming that if we buy bottles from them they will agree to let us put the contents in glasses. Remember, we aren't bringing anything.
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djewesbury wrote:I see. Then I suggest we just turn up in twos and threes and see what we can manage. At the very worst we can decamp to the George and drink beer.
Why not ask if a table for 4 could be booked, which could serve as the bridgehead. If they are unable to manage that, then I suspect just turning up even in 2s will prove futile.
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flash_uk wrote:Why not ask if a table for 4 could be booked, which could serve as the bridgehead. If they are unable to manage that, then I suspect just turning up even in 2s will prove futile.
I support this plan.
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