Archive for the ‘Mead’ Category

Val and I are watching “Mariah’s World.” If I was that talented or rich, I don’t think I could be that difficult. It’s almost annoying to me. Scratch that, it’s beyond annoying. Anyways, this was a mead that Val and I picked up at least two years ago from Maine. I remember liking it in the tasting room, but being annoyed at the price of tasting. Let’s see how the bottle was.

strawberryhoneymaker

ABV: 12.5%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “True to our dry style, this mead is infused with approximately one pound of sun-ripened Maine to every gallon of mead.”

Random: This is a summer seasonal.

The mead poured a dark reddish color that was clear. This was a still mead, with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with strawberry syrup, booze and lots of wildflower honey. There was also a lot of flower petals that were bordering on perfume-like. The taste was filled with artificial strawberry syrup. I remember trying this at the meadery and it being so much better. The other flavors had white grape jam along with thick and syrupy honey. The flavors were intense and this was a bear to get down. The body was thick and syrupy and still. The finish was lengthy and bordering on sickeningly sweet. I don’t remember how much we paid for this mead, but I don’t think it was cheap. I thought this mead was way too artificial tasting. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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Melovino Berry Boku

Posted: August 2, 2017 in Mead, Melovino Meadery, Reviews

Val had been wanting to try this mead for awhile, so we cracked open the bottle one night. She ended up not being a fan of this one either.

berryboku

ABV: 14%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Our ridiculously delicious mixed berry mead that is sweet, tart, and full of flavor. A succulent blend of honey and a tremendous amount of mixed berry flavor come together in this tart and richly dense recipe! Jam packed with a big berry punch of raspberry and blackcurrants upfront, with blueberry, blackberry, & strawberry supporting every sip in the background. It’s no longer berry chic, it is Berry BOKU!. 500ml @ 14% abv. Enjoy slightly chilled or at room temperature. Try enjoying some Berry Boku with our Blueberry Ricotta Cake”

Random: This was the first meadery in New Jersey.

The body was a dark red color that I couldn’t see through. The nose was intensely fragrant with a lot of berries. I specifically noted blueberries, blackberries and currants. Raspberries came through as well. I couldn’t pick up much in the way of strawberry. There was a noted alcohol presence as well. The taste was one step away from a berry balsamic vinegar. There was a lot of tartness and unripe blueberry and blackberry. It had a sweet and syrupy honey note with warming alcohol. The body was thick and dense. The finish was lengthy with tart raspberry and currant. A bottle of this wasn’t cheap at $22 ($1.30 per ounce). I wasn’t a huge fan of this mead and had trouble getting it down. I think it would do better poured on top of an angel’s food cake. I don’t feel the need to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val and I are still watching the Golden Globes. We just saw Carrie Underwood come out with this pink dress that looks like a life jacket. It’s all sorts of terrible. It also has very large shoulder pads. I don’t think there is a way that it could be comfortable. Sting looks good, though. I also saw him recently on “Watch What Happens Live,” which is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t think he’s aged in at least 15 years. He was actually quite funny on that show. Anyways, let’s talk about this mead that I received as a gift.

pasiekamead

ABV: 13%

Style: Mead

Trivia: This costs 19.69 zl according to a Polish website.

Random: I feel bad for some of these celebrities. Their dresses look so uncomfortable. I don’t wear dresses that often, but when I do, I at least make sure that they’re bordering on comfortable and don’t require tape to keep my parts in.

The mead poured a clear and still golden-orange color. The nose had some aggressive alcohol with perfume-like flowers and honey. The taste was also incredibly sweet with the same biting alcohol note. It also had some flowers. The body was medium thickness and not as syrupy as I expected. The had a lengthy and sticky finish with honey and booze. I have no idea how much this mead was since I received it as a gift from someone who just came back from Poland. I’m glad I tried it, but this was better suited to a cold winter’s night with nowhere to go because this would knock me on my ass.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Little did I know before I reviewed this mead that it was from Ohio, where I would spend almost two months for my old job. I had never spent any time other than a short business trip in Ohio, but I was lucky that I have a decent amount of friends out there since my corporate office was there.

snowbeltcyser

ABV: 6%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “From lake effect snow and nor’easters to snow rollers and polar vortexes, things can get a little crazy here in the snowbelt. Tales of road crews using this spiced cranberry cyser to treat icy roads are purely urban legend. Regardless of where you are, it’s sure to give you a brief respite from the winter months with it’s warming vanilla and cinnamon notes. Chill a bottle in the nearest snowdrift, snap a photo, and tag it #snowbeltcyser.”

Random: This bottle was another one that Val picked out, big surprise.

This mead poured with no head on top of a clear, pink body with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with sweet apples, cinnamon and cranberries. The taste was less towards the spice note and more towards cranberries. The cranberries provided some light tartness, which was balanced by the sweetness from the apples and honey. It had a vanilla extract note at the end of the sip. It had a light body with high levels of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with apples and honey. A bottle of this was $10, which came to $.59 per ounce. I enjoyed drinking this one and really enjoyed the cranberry flavor. If you see it on a shelf next winter, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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

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

Val and I picked this up in Maine and then, after trying it at the source, had no interest in popping open the bottle. We bought it at a beer store before we tried and I just wasn’t a fan. Lavender is generally hit or miss for me. I assume age didn’t help this one, but let’s see how it went.

lavenderlemonade

ABV: 7%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Originating as a HoneyMaker cocktail, this is a blend of mead and a house-made lemonade, infused with lavender and mint.”

Random: This is available year-round.

This mead poured with no head on top of a greenish-yellow body with lots of floaties. There was no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of lavender and a green herbal note (which I’m guessing is the mint) as well as wildflower honey which gave it a sweet and floral note. The taste started with lemon and quickly went into lavender fabric softener. If I need to be specific, I believe it was called Lavender Sachet. My mother would use it on all of the sheets and the scent is unmistakable to me. It also had a green note with mint but also some green NyQuil. After a few sips, it seemed to have a rosemary note as well. There wasn’t a lot of honey like the nose had, which was disappointing. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish with the lavender cleaner stuck around forever. This was $9 for the bottle, which broke down to $.56 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this one, although I gave it a lot of points for being unique.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0