Blandy’s Alvada 5 Year Old Rich Madeira
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: May 10, 2017
- Last modified: May 10, 2017
This is a new product from the historic Madeira house of Blandy's, and a daring one at that. Breaking from an exclusive monovarietal tradition, this modern Madeira is a 50/50 blend of Malvasia and Bual, aged in the traditional cask-and-loft canteiro system for 5 years. Potent fruitcake, rancio notes, aged wood, sugared plums and maple syrup coat the round and juicy palate, thankfully lifted with a lime marmalade cut and carried by a smoothed, sweet mid to a fiery, orange-oil finish. Ideal for cocktails. This is ready to drink now, particularly if you're looking for an alternative to youthful tawny Port or sweeter Oloroso (and in a pocketable 200 ml size).