Archive for the ‘B. Nektar Meadery’ Category

Meads are becoming increasingly popular and there are more and more unique takes on them on the shelves. It seems like B. Nektar specifically is putting out new meads every few weeks and they’re all solid. This one seemed like it would be especially interesting.

tucostylefreakout

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Tart lime engulfs the tongue followed by a creamy sweetness of honey and agave. Medium bodied with a lime pith bitterness on the semi-dry finish. A zip of acidity adds to the wonderful balance of the sweet, tart, and bitter flavors.”

Random: This is available April to September in bottles and on tap. They recommend pairing this one with Mexican food and rooftop pizza.

The mead poured with no head on top of a light, yellow-green body. The mead was still. On the nose, I picked up fresh-squeezed lime juice, wildflower honey and white grapes. It also had some agave. The taste was light and crisp with agave and lime. It also had a Sprite note. It also had a wildflower honey note that gave it some flowers that made this a bit more complex. The body was medium thickness without going to the point of syrupy. It had a lengthy finish with lime juice and honey. A bottle of this was $7.99, which broke down to $.47 per ounce. I really enjoyed this mead. It would make for a great paring with a shrimp taco. If you see this one on the shelves, it’s worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the things that I enjoy about working in a warehouse is that I don’t have to wear a suit. One of the things I don’t enjoy is that my hands are almost always dirty. I need to start carrying hand sanitizer around with me. This is a cider that I believe Val picked up for me and is a seasonal offering from B. Nektar. Let’s crack it open.

stupidmansuit

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Crisp apple and cherry forward. The sides of the tongue garner the tartness of dry apple and unripened berries while a mild sweetness rounds and balances. Medium body with a dry, refreshing finish.”

Random: This is available April through June.

The cider poured with no head on top of a cloudy, cranberry colored body. I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of tart berries. I specifically got cherries and blackberries along with apple skins and Red Delicious apples. The taste had a mouth puckering tartness with red wine vinegar. It then transitioned into cherries, blackberries and barely ripe blueberries. Apple came through as well, but it was more like a Honeycrisp apple. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tart blueberries. This set me back $7.99, which came to $.50 per ounce. This cider was interesting, but it was almost too tart for me. I still had no problem throwing it back and I’m glad I tried it, there are just a few better options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This morning’s selection is a mead that is best left until the end of the night, given how high the ABV is. Let’s see how it was.

mutantkillerzombie

ABV: 10%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Sometimes bad things happen and we have to make it right. When one of our scientists accidentally crossbred the DNA of Zombie Killer into The Zombies Take Manhattan this delicious mutant was born. While society may never let us create such an abomination again, we just couldn’t put it out if its misery. Enjoy this one while you can.”

Random: This is available in bottle and on tap.

The mead poured with a clear and still, bright pink body. The body had lightly toasted wood and overripe cherries. There was also some vanilla extract in the mead. Alcohol was quite noticeable on the nose, which wasn’t a surprise given the high ABV. It also had Red Delicious apples, honey and rye spice. The taste was intense and it took a few sips to get use to it. It started with strong cherry sweetness and transitioned into rye spice. There was also some cinnamon and toasted oak. There was also a sweet honey note. Booze warmed the back of my throat, although it wasn’t incredibly abrasive. The body was medium thickness and oily. It had a lengthy finish with boozy cherries and honey. A bottle of this was $12.99, which came to $.77 per ounce. I’ve always enjoyed the B. Nektar zombie series, but this was incredibly enjoyable. If you see it hanging out on a shelf, grab a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

B. Nektar Apple Pi

Posted: July 25, 2016 in B. Nektar Meadery, Mead, Reviews

Tonight’s selection is a mead that Val picked out. I’ve been getting more into meads and ciders lately, so even though I am not the biggest fan of apple pie, I was intrigued by this one.

applepi

ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Rich, baked apple skin, creamy honey sweetness followed by strong rich pie spices, especially cinnamon. Truly like eating a piece of apple pie. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and finishes sweet with a slight lingering warmth.”

Random: I put a Fresh Direct cardboard box on our bay window and our big cat loves jumping into it.

This mead poured a clear, light yellow color with some floaties in it. The nose has cooked apples and apple peel. The normal pie spices came through as well, manifesting in cinnamon and nutmeg. There was graham cracker thrown in there for good measure. The first thing that hit me about the taste was how intensely boozy it was. It took me a few sips to get over the heat. After that, cooked apples and ginger came through. There was also graham cracker and pie crust. Pie spice was strong with this mead with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. After a few sips, I picked up vanilla too. The body was thick and bordering on cloying, which I expected. It had a long finish with apple and hot booze. A bottle of this was $11.99, which came to $1 per ounce. I liked this mead and thought it was an interesting interpretation of apple pie, but the alcohol was abrasive.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ve never seen this on the shelves before, and given that I like mead and I really like whiskey, I need to try this one.

sleepinggiant

ABV: 15.1%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to beerpulse.com, “Once upon a time, there was a mead that just kept fermenting. At 19%, this is one of our strongest meads to date. This wildflower mead was aged in a rye whiskey barrel for a long, long time. Be careful not to awaken The Sleeping Giant.”

Random: I guess the original version was 19%…?

This mead poured a clear, lemon-yellow color. There was no carbonation visible as this was a still mead. The nose was filled with whiskey and straight booze. If I were blindfolded, I would think this was some sort of whiskey or rye, because I didn’t pick up any honey or sweetness. After I let the mead warm up, I got some molasses and brown sugar. The taste had more sweetness than the nose. It started with honey and green apples. It then went into oak, whiskey and significant rye spice. Light smoke and vanilla came through too. Then, there was a whole lot of booze and it had significant burn that lingered on the back of the throat. It was bordering on overwhelming for me, but for someone who didn’t like whiskey, this would be unpalatable. The body was thick and syrupy, as expected for a mead of this potency. The finish was lengthy with oak and rye spice. A bottle of this was not cheap at $23.99, which came to $1.89 per ounce. This mead really grew on me as it warmed. With that being said, I appreciate that a mead producer did something so different than the typical mead. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sure I’d want it more than once a year.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

As much as I love B. Nektar stuff, I really haven’t tried their straight meads. I think I’ve sampled them a few times at different beer festivals, but I’ve never bought a full bottle of anything. I saw this sitting on the shelf at Bier Cellar in Portland and although we get distribution from them in Jersey, I didn’t want to risk missing out on this one.

bnektar

ABV: 14%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to craftshack.com, “the sweet matches the heat in this brilliant wine with a kick. We started with Michigan wildflower honey and a ton of Michigan cherry juice. Once fermented, we added a lion’s share of red chipotle peppers to give it a smokey character and medium spice level. A fantastic wine for dessert. Try pairing this with rich chocolate cake.”

Random: After this one, I think I’m going to have to search out more of their meads.

This mead poured a deep, cherry red color. It was clear, but incredibly dark. The nose was filled with cherries, smoke and honey sweetness. The taste started with slightly tart cherries and sweet honey. It then went into this powerful note of smoke and hot pepper. It had a lot of heat to it, which warmed the back of the throat. The body was thick and syrupy. The finish was lengthy and had a lot of pepper and heat. This was $12.99 for the 12-ounce bottle, which came to $1.08 per ounce. Although I’m not well versed on mead prices, this seemed a little pricey, but either way, I loved this mead. If you’re not into hot peppers, I don’t think would be in your wheelhouse. But, if you do, definitely give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

When Val brought this bottle home for me, I was very excited. I love blood orange. I love eating them raw, cooking with them, everything you can imagine. So, when I saw that this was a mead with blood orange and spices, I had high hopes. I’ve had a bunch of stuff from these guys and they really put out quality stuff. I wish they were closer so I could make a visit to them. According to their website, they also adopted a no-tip policy at their taproom so they could pay their employees a regular hourly wage that wasn’t dependent on tips. I think that is even cooler.

B. Nektar

ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: The only information that I could find out about this was that it is a limited mead.

Random: So many Geno Smith jokes, so little time.

This mead poured with absolutely no head and a clear, light pink body. There was no carbonation visible. The nose had notes of blood orange, Thai basil, nutmeg, cinnamon and anise. The taste was even better. Some sour, blood orange and then the flavor profile was dominated by spice. The same basil was there along with anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. The alcohol was relatively well-hidden, given the ABV. It had a medium body with almost no carbonation. The finish was lengthy with basil and anise and a touch of citrus. The bottle was $13.59 for 16 ounces, which broke down to $.85 per ounce. This was definitely a pricey mead, but the flavor was amazing. I will definitely have this again because I loved the flavors and I loved the spice. It was worth every penny.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0