I recently had dinner with a friend who casually dropped into the conversation that he had recently had a shot of 1834 (that's right; 168 year old) Madeira. Of course I immediately told him he was a complete moron for believing such BS; then, the next morning, looked up a couple of facts on madeira... one of which is that madeira is a blend, and the date of the vintage is determined by the date of the oldest vintage of the blend.
What are the chances that this bozo actually had a bottle of 1834 Madeira? In San Antonio, Texas? For what price? Would anybody actually consume such an antiquity? Any info would be appreciated.