muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2-3 oz liqueur-glass sample at Hopleaf, Chicago. Clear, thick, light bright golden honey color, very still. Complex arom of honey, caramel, cognac, vanilla and almonds, so much and so huge. Powerful thick liqueur mouthfeel, thick honey/vanilla flavors with a big alcohol presence, but like cognac, just the right level of warmth comes through. This IS a bit tough to drink in any quantity, but it is surely sublime in small doses. The first mead I’ve truly enjoyed.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden amber-brown. Robust aroma of dark honey, apples, caramel, toffee, nuts (almonds?) & brandy. Luscious, extremely thick but soft feel. Rich, complex flavour of dark honey, apples, plums, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, nuts, & even a hint of peat.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brownish golden color. Lovely aroma of honey, booze, maple, toffee, and some wood. Quite sweet, maple gets you first, followed by some sugary notes, alcohol, and rounded out nicely by the honey. Wonderful mouthfeel, feels like air on the tongue, alcohol burn is pretty subdued, very mellow. Simply wonderful. Thank you for giving me a taste Mr_Kimchee.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtl’s. Still red/amber/brown colour. Burning alcohol aroma (even compared to Avery the Beast) also some sherry and acetic notes. Flavours of honey, sherry, and slight soy sauce. Lots of things happening in there. Very sweet, sugary, syrupy, and sticky, much like a liqueur. Very good. Another gem from Rastacouere.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soy-like honey nose with very strong alcohol aroma. Dark ruby brown and viscous with great legs on the glass. Fantastically sweet, honey flavour like a fine baclava. Alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming in the flavour, it’s just another player on the stage. Notes of sherry, peach, cherry, maple. Dances along the line at the very edge of cloying without ever crossing into it. Syruppy sweet. Quite sticky and liqueur-like. Definitie alcohol warming. Bottle (enjoyed at Mondial RB Gathering 2004 with CapFlu, CaptainCougar, jercraigs, MartinT, OKBeer, Radek and Rastacouere).
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear copper. aroma of honey, maple, toffee and booze. stinming thick - as thick as dark lord. some fruity flavours, almost like a tokai aszu. some buckwheat honey flavours. very unique. nice.
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge props to Nexxus for another touch of beverage glory Very impressive appearance. A Dark honey yellow, reddish brown even.. Still, but when moving the glass around, the viscous honey leaves marks on the glass. Decadent cognac and port aroma. Very alcoholic and sweet. Lots of honey, maple syrup, burnt leaves. Light salt hints, clover, herbs.. It will only get better though, in mouth, this has an insanely thick body, maple syrup thick and still, so round and after just a few sips, your lips want to stick together, needless to say it’s very cloying. Flowery tea biscuits, cherry flavored licorice, brandy poured garden, sensory overload. Extremely is a weak word to describe the envelopping sweetness. Tongue-coating honey and maple, superb complexity. Drink this at the end of a summer evening and it brings the sun right back into your house. Glorious bourbon, cognac and even more so port like finish. Eternal fruit syrup aftertaste. Delicious.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet honey and massive alcohol in the aroma...Thankfully, that alcohol does not carry through in the flavor as it is masterfully hidden by a regal sweetness of incredible honey complexity, so much so, that figs, cherries and peach syrup seem to be born of it as well...Mouthfeel is viscosity defined yet manages to avoid being cloying and just endlessly delivers its fruity interplays...A lip-smacking, sweet-tooth-nurturing, wonderful liqueur...Thanks Rastacouere!...
Sammy (9139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2004 Compellingly dark colour but missing all but the orange blossom honey. Not too sweet, an advantage. However, dusty metallic aftertaste.
Perhaps it was a bad night, still recovering from a vinegary geuze the day before. So I will finish my cup another time and reserve the right to re-rate this. 2nd tatsing: Good in small dose as digestive toiwards end of heavy meal. Thanks Mr_Kimchee
Crockett (1022) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Although I don’t know too much about meads, I felt one of this magnitude was an excellent one to rate for #300. I agree with Radek this is a really good mead. And on Oakes’ non chugging back qualities. The first four meads, at the tasting, stumbled in as honey accented chardonnays or maybe a rose. The Jadwiga stormed in like a port. A completely different animal. It is hard to compare Jadwiga to the other meads at the tasting (none on the site at this point). It would be like going from Guinness Draft to Alesmith Speedway. Unfortunately that’s how it rates. It is simply far more complex. And the style has no real gradiant between the bench-warmer and the superstar. 25 year old 18% abv. Extremely boozey, raisin, pepper, sweet, grape, salt-water toffee aroma. It smells very much like a Madiera. Bordering on cloyingly sweet, there is so much going on in the qualities of this mead. Cognac coloured with a zambucca viscosity. So much honey. Not the cheap stuff. Plum and candied everything imaginable. Scotchy warmth. Cough syrup herb medicine action. Some wheat and molases comes through. For something of such a high alcohol it is extremely smooth to the hot plummy finish. Insulin shots and pancreas exams for everyone!