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August 5th, 2015
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What is a pipe of port

Question: What is a pipe of port?

Answer: Before port bottling in Portugal it was produced and shipped out for export in large chestnut or oak barrels (pipes) of 534 litres size. In former times merchants or high rollers might order a pipe of port (often vintage) for long aging. Today a pipe of port usually means 720 bottles (60 dozen) – a very large order indeed!

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August 5th, 2015

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