Blandy’s, Alvada, 5 Year Old



Blandy’s, Alvada, 5 Year Old

Rating: 17/20
Launched in the early 2000s, this was a radical departure for Madeira, being a 50/50 blend of Malvasia and Bual, and intended as a dessert wine. Shows lifted aromas with a touch of balsamic and a hint of mocha; smooth, seductive, figgy fruit with a touch of coconut (from ageing in new oak) towards the finish.Will be perfect with Christmas pudding or a slice of fruit cake.

Price: UK – £14.95-£16 Cambridge Wines, Davy’s, Fortnum & Mason, Waitrose. US – $16.95 – $17.99 Empire Wine, Mission Liquor*
Alc 20%

Taster: Richard Mayson

*US stockist information from