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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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This Backwoods Cyser (’size-er’: a honey wine made with apples) was made with Michigan apple cider and a blend of Michigan star thistle, buckwheat and wildflower honeys. Once fermented, we placed the cyser into bourbon barrels and aged it to taste. The finished cyser is full bodied with smooth apple-honey character. Finishes with a touch of caramel, oak and bourbon.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
2013-01-18 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - c/o J&K, cobolt blue 375ml bottle. Pours clear pale gold with zero head and thin legs - 4/5 for the bottle. Smells like stale weeds and burnt popcorn - tries to be sweet, succeeds in being nasty. Taste is a bit boozy - apple, generic oaky sweet bourbon - not unpleasant. Slick and still, not harsh in the finish - ultimately it tasted okay, smelled awful.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
[5071-20130118] 375mL bottle. Burnt candied corn grain aroma. Clear, yellow body with a quick bubbly head. Sweet straw flavour has a ton of oaked boozy applesauce chunks. Medium body is sweet and horribly woody at the same time. Wow. (6/3/6/3/12) 3.0~
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs) Overheard: "It’s such a pretty bottle... Why did it have to be like this?"

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle [375ml] shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a clear pale gold with no head. Aroma has a burnt quality along with some apples and honey sweetness. Flavour’s better, with honey and apples but unfortunately, also lots of alcohol. Average bodied, oily mouthfeel. Quite mediocre indeed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
2012-01-18. Crisp dark yellow, headless, syrupy legs on the glass. 3+ Aroma is interesting, alcoholic, perfumey touches wood comes out strangely with notes of vanilla and sort of burnt popcorn character. Flavour is better integrated than the aroma, sweet (iphone typo) for honey character. Dryish finish has very light acidity to it. Lightly floral character. Flavour is much more pleasant than the aroma. Smooth average plus bodied palate is flat. Okay once you get past the aroma. Bottle aged about a year from Cloverleaf, Michigan

"But it’s such a pretty bottle..."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
375 mL bottle from Oak Tree Liquors, Plainfield, NJ. Pours a crystal clear golden color. Aroma of honey, toasted wood, bourbon, herbal notes, floral notes and an almost chocolate note. The taste is honey, toasted wood, citrus, apple, whisky, vanilla. Medium bodied, slight legs, low heat. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very clear light golden yellow color. Very sweet aroma of apple and honey with a boozy back end. Medium mouthfeel. Very sweet taste with the residual honey and apple notes. About midway through the bourbon makes itself known in a somewhat harsh way. The transition for me is not very smooth and goes from extremely sweet to bourbon booze. Overall, it takes me a while to drink this down. Not one of my favorite B Nektar offerings.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2012
375 ml Bottle from app vintner - I love B. nektar, they do such cool thing with mead. I haven’t had anything bad from them and this is no exception. Batch #036, 04/2009. Pours a pale yellow with that smokey bourbon, vanilla oak, brown sugar, and sweet apples. Taste is sweet & smokey. Palate is sticky. Overall, yup!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Clear off white/yellowish color and still. Smells of apple juice oak, slight spirit and mild honey. Taste is dry juice, oak, vanillia, spirit, mild citrus, light honey. Overall dry and fairly refreshing. Slightly acidic. Overall enjoyable and something I would want to have again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OmegaX (1269) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
I love mead. Nose is light, green apple and some bourbon and vanilla notes.Some of the aromas remind me of a moscato or sweet riesling. Almost buttery. This one pours a light yellow color. Flavors are green apple, caramel, some oak and bourbon, and a hint of buttery wine notes. Good stuff but $$$$.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
This mead poured a clean, yellow body. The scent was sweet and spicy; thick with honey, cherries and wood. The taste was again, honey but with a nice finish of bourbon and citrus - almost like candy this one was. Must track down some more of these.


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