Monthly Archives: September 2016

Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin – Weizen


In southern Germany in Potsdam near the Templiner lake is the brewery Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin. Founded in 2007 by brewer Jörg Kirchhoff and Thomas Köhler and producing bio-dynamic beers.

I bought this beer at Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark at the price of 4,5 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 4,8%.

Thick flowing porridge structure and real good looking orange in the colour.

A head that disappears just as fast as you can pour the beer into the glass.

Light sweet fruit in the aroma.

Good CO2, full bodied sweet fruit with a long and pleasant after taste. Biodynamic / organic beer.

Overall rating 85 / 100

Quarles Harris Vintage Port 1994


Quarles Harris was founded in 1680 by Thomas Dawson and this early date makes it one of the oldest port houses. It was named Dawson & Harris when Quarles Harries married Dorothea Dawson in 1752. It was once again renamed in 1791 to Harris Stafford & Sons and already in 1792 to Quarles Harris & Co. The company was bought by Andrew James Symington in 1917 and remain to this day as a part of the Symington family’s large portfolio of port houses.

Estimated cost of this Quarles Harris Vintage Port 1994 bottle of 750 ml is 52 Euro.

Taste notes right after decanting

Deep dark amber and orange play in the colour

Good aroma with a spiced and mature fruit. Suitable in strength with a hint of alcohol.

Light bodied with a mild taste to it, fine after taste with a pleasant dried fruits in the end, a wine that seems mature.

Intermediate rating 89 /100



2.5 hours after decanting

Dark red and really took some change from the air.

Suitable aroma that can be scented from a great distance.

Mild tannin, sweet fruit and a warmth in the end.

Wine was poured back in the bottle to slow the process of decanting.



7.5 hours after decanting

The dark red colour seems to have gotten a even deeper dimension.

Aroma lost some of its fruitfulnes but is now hot and spiced.

Soft tannin, sweet darkness that goes straight over in a full forced dried fruits that lasts forever with a wonderful after taste.

Final rating 90 / 100


24 hours after decanting

Smooth and very easy to drink, it is just like drinking a liquid raisins.

Overall rating 90 / 100

Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port 1985


Real Companhia Velha was founded on the 10th of September 1756 by Royal Charter of King D. José I, under the auspices of his Prime Minister, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, the Count of Oeiras and Marquis of Pombal. By 1781 the company was known as Royal Oporto in England. In 1960, with the support of the banker Pinto de Magalhães, Manuel da Silva Reis acquires the majority of the company and assumes its leadership.

Estimated cost of this Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port 1985 bottle of 750 ml is 35 Euro.

1.5 hours after decanting

Medium clarity with a red to red-brown tint in the colour

Faint aroma with a sense of the ordinary, alcohol and some spices to it.

Light to medium body, refreshing tannin with a suitable length of after taste. It is however going from mature to old. It is out of balance between fruit and tannin, aged beyond what is good for it.

Intermediate rating 80 /100


6 hours after decanting

Darker in the colour.

Much less alcohol in the aroma.

Better balance between tannin and the thin fruit and faint dried fruits, alcohol is not dominant but more on the tame side. Taste of old barrels and the scent of a old living room comes in, not spiced but slightly old. Better balanced, but has to be consumed now.

Final rating 86 / 100


12 hours after decanting

Seems more like a 10 year old Tawny by now, tannin is almost gone.


30 hours after decanting

Turned completely brown in colour, sweet as raisins, smooth as silk with even more heavy dried fruits to the taste. All alcohol is gone and after taste lasts longer. It has now transformed itself into a old tawny.

Overall rating 86 / 100

Quinta Das Carvalhas LBV – Late Bottled Vintage 2010


Real Companhia Velha was founded on the 10th of September 1756 by Royal Charter of King D. José I and have produced port ever since.

Quinta das Carvalhas is a property in the Douro Valley. Written references regarding this vineyard can be traced back to 1759.

Estimated cost of this Late Bottled Vintage from 2010 bottle of 750 ml is 25 Euro.


Medium clarity of this black to dark red port.

Forceful and suitable aroma, spicy in a good way and pure in the nose.

Medium bodied, yet dry and alive from tannin. Sweet fruit in the end.

Light body, dry but still within what is suitable, good fruit that is harmonic with a fine after taste of raisins. A good ready to drink wine that does a overall fine impression on balance.

Overall rating 88 / 100