Cossart Gordon & Co. is the oldest Producer of Madeira that is still in operation, established in 1745, this partnership of three Scottish visionaries supplied the world with the most beautiful Madeira's. Colonial America was the top consumer of Madeira and was the celebratory beverage of choice beating out Champagne, so popular it was even poured at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In fact, the higher quality Madeira was dubbed "American Madeira" due to its popularity in the States. Madeira Bual is made only from Bual grapes which land right in the middle of the sweetness scale; slightly sweeter than Sercial but drier than Malmsey. 1962 was aged in seasoned American Oak casks for 53 years until its bottling in 2015 when it was deemed mature enough. To simulate the heat-exposure-aging-process as if the Madeira casks were at sea, it is racked multiple times in different levels of the "lodge". Starting in the hottest upper floors before moving to the cooler middle floor, and finally the coolest bottom floor. The resulting Madeira is one of concentration and mind-blowing complexity hitting notes from dried orange, spices, and chocolate, to balsamic and cedar with an incredibly fresh, yet rich and balanced palate. This has an endless finish that initiates contemplation for minutes after a sip and is perfect for after dinner drinking. Due to Madeira's ability to be left open for months with no adverse effect, this can supply an incredible conclusion to countless evenings. Only 1,104 bottles were produced, and for fans of fortified wines, dessert wine, or even first-timers, this is a must-try.