This cork was in an '85 Breton Loire cab franc that my friend Warren opened the other night (a very good bottle, btw). The healthy end was the part in contact with the wine--the rest, so black (uniformly on all sides) it looked like someone had colored it with a marking pen. Odd, isn't it?
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov