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 (6142) - 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 (8218) - 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 (9039) - 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 (1015) - 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!
Radek Kliber (6541) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, rich woody / honey with well refined alcohol. Rich, full flavored bit at same time superbly smooth is this miod pitny. True sample what real mead is about!
Oakes (12809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden-brown, still and thick. Huge aroma - alcohol, brown sugar, peach, almonds. Golden molasses palate - ultra sweet, soft, very thick. Honeyish, almondy notes, mixed fruits. Wonderful sipping mead.
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 2009-02-19. Rich dark aber body glints in the light and coasts the glass. (4+) Aroma is a touch boozy at first, and is a touch more muted than expected, light sweetness. Flavour is insanity. Ultra sweet, saccharine, simple syrup, caramel, mild honey. Simple at times but has enough rich depth to make it lovely. Alcohol is rediculously smooth. Richly smooth full bodied palate. Delicious stuff but got to be a bit heady by the end of an overly generous pour. 7/4+/9-10/5/16-17 Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
May 2004. Pours a brownish brandy like colour. Or at least how I picture brandy never actually having had one myself. With a swirl of the glass the pleasantly sweet aroma is overpowered by the alcohol at times. Flavour is dominated by sweetness, with hints of molasses or malt extract making an occasional appearance. Viscous and syrupy it continues to drip down the side of the glass long after it crosses your lips. Long lingering sweetness and while the alcohol is noticeable in the flavour profile, its not a bad thing. Quite nice. Thanks for sharing this one Kimchee, and for hosting this Mead tasting. Very nice, but perhaps a touch over rated. 7/3/8/5/16 - 3.9
flemdawg (534) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Matt for this one. A clear dark red almost brown body which was a suprise. No head what so ever, but there were reports of a single bubble in one of the glasses. A wonderful aroma of honey, a bit of wine, and assorted fruits as well. The taste was incredible, and not at all what was expected. If there was 17% alcohol in here, I certainly couldn’t taste it. Sweet honey with cherries mixed in as well. There were hints of the oak that this drink had been aged in. A wonderful beverage all around.
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a medium sized head with no carbonation, transparent and a red hue. The aroma was malty, sweet, fruit (plums?), licorice and vinuous. The flavor was alcohol, syrupy, dry and sticky tasting. It had a syrupy, dry and sticky mouthfeel.