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#1 Schwiering

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 05:00 PM

I am looking for some nice cheap bottles of port. Something that is ready to go now, and is in the sub-$30 range. Hope you guys can give me some info on what to look for.

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 05:43 PM

Hardy's makes one called "Whiskers Blake." It's delicious, cheap ($14 IIRC) and goes great with cigars. I believe Cigardawg favors this for his everyday port as I do.

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 09:07 PM

You can get some nice 10yr old tawny ports in the under $30 range.

Taylor-Fladgate, Warres, Dows, etc...

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:44 AM

The best tawny for the money, IMHO, is the Illapara 10yr tawny, an Austrailian port. It sells for $18 per bottle at the Total Wine store here in NC.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:46 AM

snip...Taylor-Fladgate...snip


I second the motion.

All in favour??

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 12:50 PM

My ex used to drink an inexpensive port by Warres...I think it was called the "Warrior."
If I rememebr correctly, it was sub 30, and quite drinkable. Then again, I knew NOTHING of ports while we were together, and know barely more than that much now.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 03:45 PM

Taylor Fladgate 10 year-old Tawny, about $25, and is an amazing Port and great with a cigar. I had it back to back with their 20 year-old and I liked the 10 more than the 20.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 03:51 PM

snip...Taylor-Fladgate...snip


I second the motion.

All in favour??



My favorite as well

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:54 PM

One of my favorite ports - $20 a bottle...

Gluntz Port

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 08:29 AM

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Whisker's Blake ($14-$17) - Rated 93 by Spectator a couple of years back
Clocktower by Yalumba ($10-$12)
Galway Pipe by Yalumba ($20-$24)
Illapara (sp?) ($12-$15)

Portguese
Taylor Fladgate 10 yr Tawny ($20-$30)
Dow 10 yr Tawny ($20-$28)
Fonseca 10 yr Tawny ($20-$28)
LBVs from any of the above ($19-$24)

Those are some of my favorites. I've typically got 3-6 bottles of port in the house at any one time...love the stuff. :love:

#11 NorCalCigarLover

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 11:00 AM

Australian
Whisker's Blake ($14-$17) - Rated 93 by Spectator a couple of years back
Clocktower by Yalumba ($10-$12)
Galway Pipe by Yalumba ($20-$24)
Illapara (sp?) ($12-$15)

Portguese
Taylor Fladgate 10 yr Tawny ($20-$30)
Dow 10 yr Tawny ($20-$28)
Fonseca 10 yr Tawny ($20-$28)
LBVs from any of the above ($19-$24)

Those are some of my favorites. I've typically got 3-6 bottles of port in the house at any one time...love the stuff. :love:


Hands down, my favorite inexpensive tawny port :thumbs:

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 08:58 PM

LBV ports from any of the major houses should be readily available for <$30.

My favorites so far:
Grahams 2000 LBV ($20-22)
Quinta do Noval 1998/1999 LBV ($18-22)
Warres 1994 LBV ($25-32)

The second two are unfiltered, so despite being LBV, they should improve slightly with age.

The Warres 1994 shows the full character of a Warres vintage port.

I have not tried vintage ports for Grahams or Noval yet, so I can't comment on them. But the Noval is my favorite of the bunch (a little more cab like body than most ports)

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 11:46 AM

Most of the abovementioned ports have a strong finish and therefore a strong and sometimes unpleasant aftertaste. Also they are the most recognized names in our markets.
Try couple of my favorites:
1. Royal Oporto 1977 about 40.00 but well worth the price. This port is rather hard to find but more available in east coast. 1953 is about 150.00 and drinks like a fine congac. Simply superb with a flavorful habanos like Ramon Allones 8-9-8
2. Smith Woodhouse. No disappointment in any of their vintages and very reasonable.

Enjoy.

Jon

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 12:14 PM

Most of the abovementioned ports have a strong finish and therefore a strong and sometimes unpleasant aftertaste. Also they are the most recognized names in our markets.
Try couple of my favorites:
1. Royal Oporto 1977 about 40.00 but well worth the price. This port is rather hard to find but more available in east coast. 1953 is about 150.00 and drinks like a fine congac. Simply superb with a flavorful habanos like Ramon Allones 8-9-8
2. Smith Woodhouse. No disappointment in any of their vintages and very reasonable.

Enjoy.

Jon


Thanks Jon, but I've never had a unpleasant aftertaste with the Grahams LBV or the Whiskers Blake which are "good cheap ports" in my opinion. I agree with you on the Smith-Woodhouse ports :thumbs: , I've got a few of those laying down in the cellar for proper ageing.

This past weekend I went over to the Sierra Foothills to pick up some futures and visited a couple of my favorite wineries. I picked up a few bottles of the NV Montevina Zinfandel Port for under $20, I forgot how good this port actually is. To my palate this is more like a late harvest Zin than a port, but when I want something a little lighter it fits the bill perfectly. We also use this port in recipes calling for a late harvest Zinfandel or light fruity port, it pairs very well with a Chocolate Decadance or Pot de Creme.

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 09:54 PM

Wow! Lots of action on this 2 month old thread in the last week. Thanks for everyone's thoughts. I look forward to trying as many of these as possible.

Due to a previous mention from NorCal, I have had the Grahams LBV. I thought it was great with no harsh aftertaste.

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 08:55 PM

Hardy's makes one called "Whiskers Blake." It's delicious, cheap ($14 IIRC) and goes great with cigars. I believe Cigardawg favors this for his everyday port as I do.

Wilkey


I have to cast another vote for Whiskers Blake. Great price and compliments a cigar nicely. :cool:

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 01:50 PM

Thank you for this thread.
I have been meaning to try port and still never gotten around to it.




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