This was kind of a mystery bottle, but after reading Vino Me's Madeira and the American Revolution thread, decided to bring it to a
July 4th party.
Wax cap looked pretty clunky/sloppy, and I wondered if someone had re-waxed it at some point or if that's just the way it was.
Fill level was good, cork was just barely clinging to life, but still solid and came out in one piece.
The wine itself was really clear, and not as dark as I'd have thought.
Medium brown with a slight, almost greenish tint around the edge.
On the nose- toffee, nuts, caramel, raisins and loads of spice; cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom.
The paper label said "medium sweet", but it seemed fairly sweet to me. Then again, my experience with old madeira is fairly limited, so maybe this actually is "medium" sweet.
It tasted a lot like it smelled, and it smelled absolutely delicious.
You could still smell spices in the empty glasses 20 minutes later.
A great match with strawberry-rhubarb pie and lots of fireworks.
On a side note- if anyone has any desire to see any of the bottles, I post pics on instagram under thekidlightning.
Although you might have to scroll though a pile of shots of my 3 year old