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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A sweet traditional mead made with pure, raw tupelo honey from the swamps of northern Florida. Vanilla, persimmon, peach and nutmeg in the nose gives way to toasted oak, complex spice, soft fruit and caramelized pears on the palate. The alcohol and acidity balance the sweetness of this complicated mead.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Hazy gold pour. Aroma of honey, fruit and nuts. Flavor is lightly sweet, with honey, spice, caramel malt and fruit coming through. Really good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2010
2008 vintage, 750 ml bottle courtesy GoT. Pours a still, mostloy clear pale yellow color with just a few bubbles rising to the surface. The aroma is sweet with hints of honey, vanilla, apples, pears, and fragrant flowers. The flavor follows suit and is very light and clean for a mead with the tupelo honey up front along with a big vanilla component that blends nicely with the apples and pears and touch of fruit acidity on the back end. The mouthfeel is light for a mead, but still had the slick feel, which lends this to being an easy drinker. This has a lot of flavor and is a solid mead.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle purchased from the meadery. This was the champion, in my opinion, after trying 20+ of their meads. Live rate from the bottle. Pours a waxy blonde color with a trim ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smells richly of honey and wax. Tastes of apricots, almonds, and TUPELO HONEY. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9099) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Lighly hazy yellow pour. Nose of tupelo honey, almonds, stone fruit, and some alcohol. Flavor has the familar nite of tupelo, citrus and overall it’s awesome. Thanks to nbutler11!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9151) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle (2008)… Clear, straw-colored mead with ten or twelve thin legs slowly evolving from a careful swirl of the glass. Have I ever mentioned what a terrible swirler I am? I’m more of a splasher and stainer than I am a swirler. SoLan has mad swirling skills – know that. The bouquet is almost cidery as it releases spiced apple and pear components in addition to its delicate and wonderful tupelo honey nuance. Full-bodied and syrupy with no carbonation. The flavor is sweet, lightly spicy and a hint boozy – nice. Bittersweet, apple skin and honey finish. Kudos to GodOfThunder for bringing this bottle back from Alaska with him!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2010
750ml bottle, 2008 vintage, courtesy 4.4-40. Pours still, mostly clear, and pale yellowish-gold in color. Moderate, sheeting disperses into skinny legging that runs down the glass. The aroma is sweet but quite light, delicately displaying notes of blond honey, vanilla sugars, hints of pear, and fragrant, perfumy flowers. Flavors follow suit, clean and light, showing a soft, golden honey profile, with big vanilla component and a slight hint of fruity, apple-like acidity on the finish. The palate is relatively light for a mead, yet still displays a slick, substantial feel consistent with a summertime mead. If there’s such a thing as a refreshing mead, this is it, yet it manages to pack alot of flavor into a relatively light package. Very good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Pale yellow. Light honeyed nose. Warming sweet honey flavor. Clean, with a little peppery burn at the finish but its rounded and balanced. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 9, 2010
750ml bottle. Clear and very light yellow and still. Big sweet honey aroma with some oak, alcohol and a bit fruity. The flavor is semi-sweet honey and a slight alcohol warming. I’ve never had tupelo honey but if it tastes anything like this mead then I’ve got to try some. This is an excellent straight mead.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2008
This has a beautiful nose, tupelo blossoms are beautiful in this, lightly floral and sweet. This is very distinct, almost earthy, but very light and smooth. I could not drink a lot of this but its captivating. This has a truly lingering finish, somewhat spicy, but well balanced and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PetetheMonk (6) - USA - JAN 30, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Southern Heat is one of the best commercial Tupelo mead on the market. If you want to taste a well-made example of one the finest honeys in the world, check this one out. Understanding this mead starts with understanding this honey. Sourcing high quality first flow, no heat, Tupelo Honey is tricky at best. And micro-climate induced regional variations of this amazing honey are numerous as you move from the swamps of Florida, northward to the Georgia Coast. From the White Tupelo, Nyssa Ogeche of the Apalachicola River Valley to the earlier blooming black Tupelo of the Georgia Coast, there are some universal characteristics and some wonderful localized variations. Savannah Tupelo is dominated by candied pear flavors kissed with a touch of fresh clove. And as you swing south to the prolific groves of the Apalachicola , the honey takes on a more distinct touch of spearmint, gumdrops, and a subtle, peculiar, and faint green hew. Tiny bubbles cling to the side of glass. A sudsy ring surrounds the meniscus. Chunky, disorganized, chaotic legs stumble down the glass wall. Pale Champagne in color, with a slight haze. Well balanced while show-casing classic Tupelo flavor. Semi-sweet with enough residual sugars to express the delicate Tupelo flavor. Clovey, like spiced gum-drops. Layered with pear, vanilla, wrapped in a basket of line-dried fresh laundry. The nose is accentuated by a clean wood aroma that is more like clothing pins, popsicle sticks, and chop sticks than fancy French oak. Touched by wood, not defined by it. Tastes just like it smells, pears, dash of clove, and gum drops. This mead has an eternal finish that goes on and on. Fruit and spice hangs around without a distracting sweetness or alcoholic heat. This is a near perfect balance of drying out the mead enough to where it is not cloyingly sweet while leaving enough classic aroma and flavor to showcase this amazing honey. This is one of the planet’s rarest honeys placed in the hands of a master mead maker. If I could only drink one of Mike’s meads, if I could only drink one Tupelo mead, this would be it.


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