Blandy's Alvada Madeira 5 year old
Made from 50% Bual and 50% Malmsey, the non-vintage Alvada 5-Year-Old has a deep auburn/mahogany color. It has a precise, tightly wound bouquet of molasses, walnut and smoke that unfurls nicely in the glass. The palate is understated on the entry but builds towards a spicy, walnut-tinged finish with a long peppery aftertaste. This serves as a satisfying introduction to Madeira. All the 5-Year-Old Madeira is aged in cask for the requisite period.
This offers a mix of dried white fruit flavors and forest floors notes that carry a smoky essence. Creamy and sweet on the finish. Bual and Malmsey. Drink now through 2020.
Amber-colored, with a green tinge to the rim, this is a medium-weight, not-terribly-sweet Madeira imbued with flavors of walnuts and dried figs. Lots of acidity on the finish.