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I have been a huge fan of madeiras for some time. Madeira, ports, nice hearty dessert wine...
I loves me a port finished dram but never had a madeira one.
On the nose - spiced dried fruit (imagine a fruity pot pourri), big grapes (not like sherry, sorry sherry head, this is MUCH better), honeyed oakiness and a side of Kim chee. Yes, there's a slight sour & spicy cabbage smell here that I get upon the 3rd whiff. Somehow, it works and it's nice.
On the pallet - The nose tells you what you're going to get. I like that. The spice is pronounced here. Grapey but not overly so. It's chewy too, almost like a spiced gum drop (an orange one, there's a little citrus here).
FInish - Honeyed oak with a long spicey vanilla type deliciousness.
I liken this dram to a sexy 40 something cougar. Voluptuous, sensual, spicey. This dram knows what it wants and it wants you to drink it. Seductive. Dare I say, even more so than the 21yr portwood. This dram is a hot MILF.