- Review of the evening as a whole;
- Planning and arrangements.
Just re-reading my post above, I realise I didn't actually say that the bottle had some kind of flaw I think. The nose was near unbearable to begin, but then as the evening progressed, the nose recovered somewhat. Taste was also awful, and perhaps there was more than one flaw.Andy Velebil wrote: ↑10:49 Thu 13 Jun 2019 Very nice recap and glad to see the 1994's have generally come back out of their respective awkward teenage years. When I last did a horizontal of 1994's on their 20th, many were very awkward and not showing their best at that moment.
I am curious about Flash_UK's comments about the Noval. I've had the regular and Nacional many times, a number of those were served double blind side by side and on their own. Both of these were like many 1994's, in that they stayed open for prime drinking for quite a long time before shutting down. From my experience, the Nacional went into an awkward stage first, followed by the regular. While the Nacional has come out and is beautiful again the regular one still seems to have some trouble getting back on its feet. I would say that normal awkward teenage phase came on a bit late and seems to be lingering a bit longer than we normally expect. However, I have no doubt it will be a fantastic bottle again in time. If you do stop buying that just means more for the rest of us to scoop up
A brief googling also shows that Henekeys had been bottling and selling crusted ports for a long time:Henekeys
Reference in 1966/7 catalogue - no bottling date given