This is the richest style of Madeira, full bodied, rich and soft textured. It is a splendid after dinner drink.
Background: Madeira is made on the volcanic island of the same name situated in the Atlantic ocean some 400 miles off the North African coast. The sub-tropical island was discovered in 1419 by Portuguese explorers who, finding it heavily forested, named it Madeira - the Portuguese word for wood or timber. In 1807, John Blandy was posted to the island as part of the British Army garrison sent to Madeira to thwart any invasion attempt by Napoleon's forces. He returned and settled on the island in 1811 establishing himself in the wine trade.