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RATINGS: 52   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10510) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10082) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle at Sweet&Sour in Sätila 20130810. Pours somewhat hazy pale yellow. Honey aroma, floral, butter, fruity, lemon, caramel, raisins, citrus, orange, nuts. Lots of honey in the flavor, floral, woody notes, oranges, citrus, warming alcohol, raisins, dades. Honey finish with hay, caramel, floral, sweet and with warming alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9500) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2014
375 ml bottle poured a clear gold with no head. Aromas of honey, orange blossoms and light straw. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of honey, orange blossom, light straw and light spice with a smooth dry lingering orange blossom honey finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8913) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Thanks Rich for a nice woodshop pour! Clear gold pour. Aroma hits up front with some wildflower and orange blossom honey notes, with a lightly spicy and woodsy aroma. Flavor is sweet and has something earthy and spicy going on that I wasn’t quite able to pinpoint.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8841) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle… Clear, straw-colored mead with tons of great, long legs. The aroma is a passable marriage of methanol, orange blossom honey and earthy wood. Full-bodied and oily. The flavor is complex and sweet with acceptable bitterness and a hint of tartness. Finishes medium sweet and mildly bitter with a gentle kiss of acidity. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8242) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
375mL at Woodshop 7 thanks to richiesd. Pours clear straw to white with huge legs on the snifter rim. Nose brings forth some recurring Kool-Aid burst and lower school sugar water drink. Taste is honey, pineapple, Kool-aid burst, some juice box. Very sweet. Not a lot of full viscosity. Feels a bit thin and very sweet even for mead.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7952) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear yellow. Nice sheen left on glass. Nose and taste of high quality honey nectar, beeswax, florals, vanilla and oak. Hint of orange zest. Finishes with a whisky-like alcohol burn, but well balanced and pleasant. Not overly harsh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7830) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Big thanks to my sister, ratebeer’s 15_2_Kuhnhenn. This pours clear gold with sticky legginess. The aroma is, uh, bold and tough to put into words. Sometimes I seem to get vanilla mixing with onions and garlic while other times I get vanilla, flowers, black pepper and earthiness. Interesting. The taste is similar with an interesting vanilla like sweet honey note that has floral notes and an onion quality around the edges. To midway it takes on a neat peppery note.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6501) - 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.


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