I had my first experience with H & H Madeira last night. After a glass of the exquisite Pierre-Henri Ginlinger Muscat 2004 with my wife Lauren's excellent aromatic carrot soup (recipe in a post to follow) we moved on to our main course of steak alongside a Sordo Barolo 1997 that I had purchased some years ago. This turned out to be much better than the last bottle I had and well worth the €25 paid at the time.
After dinner, we moved on to the H & H 10 Year Malmsey Madeira. This proved to be an absolutely delicious drink that I had yet to experience. With my experience of Madeira being quite limited, I really looked forward to drinking this one and it did not disappoint. It was rich and full and had a lovely nutty flavour. On the finish that went on seemingly forever, I got almost a menthol feeling. When tried with 81% dark chocolate, the pairing was not good at all. With a mature crottin chavignol, it made a delicious duo.
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