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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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A traditional mead made with orange blossom honey. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels. For the first release in our Miel de Garde line, we used the highest quality orange blossom honey available, then aged it in a neutral American oak barrel for 18 months. The result is a bright aromatic, decadent mead made for sipping. Serve at cellar temperature.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (4447) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
375 ml bottle to taster at the RBWG Grand Tasting (thanks mlunger12 and Leighton). Looks goof; a still and transparent light gold. Smells good too; just like the name suggests. Tastes like it smells with a nice mouthfeel that doesn’t feel like anything 14%. Damn fine mead!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevencon (401) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Rbwg thanks mlunger. Straw yellow clear and viscus sweet honey aroma flowers honey dew melon and orange blossom. Smells like a sweet vionger. Think body. Very tasty and makes me want to try more meads.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Clear yellow pour. Apple and honey aroma. Honey with fruitiness and abv flavor. Smooth full bodied. Very nice

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Courtesy of Matt and Leighton! Pours clear yellow, no head. Glorious honey and suggestions of citrus. Big sweet flavor but not cloying, rich honey, some light dry straw. Full bodied with no carbonation. Light warmth to finish, rich honeycomb, touches of bread. Delicious stuff. Very rich and decadent but exceedingly drinkable. Lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG. Hints of orange, honey and oak. Very sweet with a full wet finish. I don’t get as much orange as I would like, and most certainly on the sweet size.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle from batch 0730410. Pours with a still and clear straw yellow hued body with massive legs. Aromas are of complex yet subtle oak lactones, light zesty orange, candied and ripe pear, rich honey and a light nutty toasty quality. Elegant. Subtle, floral with some peppery alcohol. Flavors are sweet, vinous and nicely balanced by a floral and earthy tannin and lactone. Floral, medium vanillins. Balanced acidity and alcohol. Somewhat subtle, but the overall balance of flavors is superb. Rich and mellow honey, toasted oak and light citrus. Fuller and velvety body. Excellent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4145) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
The aroma is honey and alcohol with a touch of paint and funk. The appearance is hazy gold and still. The taste is very sweet. The palate is a bit thin. Overall a better than average mead.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
There is a lot if strength in this, strong flavor with orange nose and mild spice packs a punch. Drink slowly ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (5974) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with just a hint of visable carbonation. Aroma has light spice and light hops with a nice sweet honey with a hint dryness. Flavor starts with spice and sweet honey that grows and becomes more bitter with a hint of booze.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
375 ml bottle acquired from Greg. Thanks, buddy! Pours a mellow hazed golden straw hue, good glow, small frothy whitish head, laces small as a tiny ring. Aromas offer mellow honey, some grass, gentle florals. Richer oak and vanilla, gentle spirit. Nice nose, mellow sweet, kiss of lemon. Initial is rich, medium bodied with some good flavors. Vanilla, apples, honeycrisp, and bread. Honey, gentle lemon, florals. Touch of grass. Richer oak, vanilla, gentle heat. Middle offers some touches of fruit, kiss of dry fruit, apple and pear. Honey, lemon, gentle honeycrisp apple. Vanilla, richer oak, mellow heat grows slowly but doesn’t overwhelm. Gentle warmth, kiss of orange blossom. Gentle florals into the middle. Backend is gentle heat, sweetness, barrel. Well integrated ABV for such a big offering. Really well done. Tasty and warm, rich and flavorful.


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