thedm (5438) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This bottled mead came in a beautiful wicker corked bottle. I had been saving it for a special occasion when our good friend JSquire came over for a tasting. I thought it appropriate to dedicate this brew to him and enter it for my 2300th rating. Here’s to you Jeff! The mead poured a beautiful golden red orange brown colored transparent uncarbonated body. There were no bubbles and no carbonation. The aroma was simply amazing with wonderful vinous dark honey notes that were strangely tingly. An amazing fact about this nose was that we could not seem to get our noses out of our snifters during the sampling. The aroma is just magnificent and second only to the Jadwiga. The mouth feel was flat and thick with and oily feeling them BAM!!! the flavor hit in the aftertaste. The honey hits like a cannon. Very sweet honey aftertaste. The flavor was similar with complex notes of honey and honey like notes. Absolutely excellent. After a few sips the alcohol begins to come through and begins to burn slightly as it goes down. What a wonderful nectar from the Gods indeed!
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
25 cl. hersluitbare fles gedeeld met zijn drieën als aperitief voor een proeverij met nog genoeg restjes voor nog een keer. Dit spul gaat er prachtig in als aperitief of waarschijnlijk nog beter als dessertwijn. De kleur van dit ziet eruit als een soort combinatie van amber, wijn en braambessen – kristalhelder en compleet plat zonder kraag uiteraard. Er ziet redelijk wat alcohol in de geur maar bij zoiets als dit stoort het niet echt, zwaar gedrenkt in de zoetigheid en boordevol met zwarte bessen, bijna een beetje als zwarte bessen grenadine maar zonder die typische zoetigheid en kleverigheid van dat soort spul, misschien meer als heel zoete zwarte bessen sap, lichte kruiden, jam, pittige alcohol en een tikje walnoot schil als Dylan zegt. Smaak is een prachtige combinatie van zoete honing en echt bakken van zoete zwarte bessen, lichte romige kruiden, ronde wijn karakter, zeer warmend / heet in de keel maar op een aangename manier, lichte zwarte bessen zuigtabletten en toets van hoestsiroop. Mondgevoel is prachtig plat met een romige honingstructuur. Ja ik ben echt wel te vinden voor Mede.
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 [Bottle] Pours still golden-brown. Aroma is portlike with a lot of raisin, but also the obvious honey. The taste is very sweet, and very hot on the alcohol, with really nice honey mixing with the raisin character and just a hint of fresh fruit in the finish. Thick mouthfeel with a long finish. A very enjoyable mead--my only complaint would be that the alcohol is a little too dominant at times.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep rich amber color. Aroma is intoxicating, redolent of honey, treacle, chestnuts and even some slight floral notes. Balance is incredible, perhaps even more so than Jadwiga. Simply a stunning mead.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, thanks a ton Caleb. Murky brownish black pour with no head, aroma brought big notes of sour fruits, currants, blackberry, some honey, oak, and vanilla come through as well, big and rich. Taste is excellent, has the sweetness from the berry, currants, sour cherry like flavors, mixing with sweet honey, going into nice tannic, slightly tart notes, finishing with a mix of sweet and sour and dry. Tasty, and I almost prefer it in a different way than the Jadwiga.
MeadMe (1591) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours golden. Aroma of sweet honey and vanilla. Flavor shows great depth. Pure fresh honey right from the comb. Light vanilla, and brown sugar like notes. Such a great Polish mead. Could sip it for days.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Thanks Dave! Bottle labeled "11-02-2004". It pours to a glowing orange amber body with nice legs. Very luminescent. The aroma is very strong and covers up most of the alcohol. Honey and nice white wines. The flavor is sweet white wine, sweet honey from an unknown source, pears, dry cedar wood. The palate is very warming in the back of the throat and adds to the stomach. Nice mouthfeel but is a little sticky. Nicely viscous. Mmmmm. Very good. Share this with a bunch of friends! I liked this better than the Jadwiga... 8, 5, 8, 4, 17 = 4.2
Re-rate. Pours to an orange body with no head. Very nice legs. The aroma is extremely complex with floral, fruits, and sweet honey. Extreme complex sweetness. The flavor is sweet honey and complex floral components. Really sweet and nicely textured palate. Really damed good.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Kurpiowski Royal Honeymead poured a glistening amber copper hue into my snifter, sparkling like a rare precious gem. I will share her with no one and cherish her all to my selfish self while I raise my glass for the most decadent nose I have ever experienced, ever. At first I am met by a lightly acidic nip followed by sticky honey freshly supped off the honeycomb. Cinnamon, ginger, and further essences of cooked honey wrap me up in her succulent embrace. Eyes closed in this very personal moment, I raise my snifter to my lips for our first kiss, and what a kiss it was. Rich, sweet, succulent honey with a light honeycomb crunch. Permeating throughout the palate is an aromatic spiced pleasure of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Definitely a sticky mouthfeel, she only lightly coats my mouth so as to not overwhelm my tastebuds with too much cloying sweetness. Further cinnamon lingers in the aftertaste along with a newcomer to the scene, fresh creamy and sweet butter. As I finish my snifter of Kurpiowski Royal Honeymead, I find myself unwilling to descend from my heavenly heights, so I don’t. Even if our fated meeting is over, I can still revel in the warmth she has left me in.
I can see why real mead was once considered, quite literally, the nectar of the gods to be supped by your most royal of royals, fierce warriors seeking strength and the courage of their gods, and even some of our founding fathers. I find it a horrible travesty and disgrace that real quality mead is nigh impossible to find in the states. This one in particular has her origins in Poland. If you want to find yourself at the gates of Valhalla, then find some Kurpiowski Royal Honeymead, pour, sup, and be inspired.
berud (12) - Wroclaw, POLAND - SEP 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
my first mead from Apis, worth of price. common seen in wicker bottle for higher price.
Spinshag (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I got this as a gift from my brother for Christmas. It is a smooth mead with vanilla and black currant overtones. It has a wonderfully mild dry finish and does not have as much spice as a lot of meads in the US have. I may have to get some more soon.