Blandy's Malmsey 1981
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Amber colour with green reflexes, crystalline and bright. On the nose have an exuberant caracteristic bouquet, notes of exotic wood, toasted confectionery with candied fruits, spices and smoked notes. Sweet, smoth and dense, good concentration with excellent freshness, long aftertaste of brandy, spices and honey.
Alluring, with singed almond and hazelnut notes leading off, followed by a range of sandalwood, green tea, date, bergamot and persimmon flavors. A hint of bitterness from the persimmon extends the finish, adding mouthwatering cut and bringing you back for more. Drink now. 254 cases made, 25 cases imported.
Score: 95, James Molesworth, May 31, 2020
The 1981 Malmsey has a powerful bouquet that feels a little alcoholic and feisty at first and requires time to calm down (I gave this a couple of hours' aeration but more would be better). The palate's viscous texture is deftly counterbalanced by acidity. Quince, marmalade, orange pith and clove notes all coalesce nicely toward the finish, and a residual ginger note lingers in the mouth for 30 seconds afterward. Excellent.
Score: 92, Neal Martin, October 2019
Offering up aromas of candied dates, warm spices, cigar smoke, candied peel and aromatic wood, the 1981 Malmsey is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with an elegantly satiny attack, good depth at the sweet but attractively savory core and a long, penetrating but subtly drying finish.
Score: 91, William Kelley, November 27, 2019
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