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Die Hochland Imker Winter Mead (Sweet)

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Brewed by Die Hochland Imker
Style: Mead
Pfarrkirchen im Mühlkreis, Austria


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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Highland Winter Mead Warms body and soul, especially in cold weather. During long winter evenings we create our hot Highland Winter Mead by adding vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. This is a long and well-loved tradition during our cold winters. The tradition of spiced mead started in the Middle Ages. Hot mead infused with precious spices was served to guests as a greeting. Spices were very expensive during the Middle Ages and their use indicated wealth and acknowledged the high status of the guest. Austrian honey wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5802) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle (unconfirmed date), served mulled at Festivus 2, 12/12/15.
Clear, waxen-yellow with light golden tints.
Heavy vanilla mixing with honey certainly announces this will most likely be sweet. Black pepper notes, though perhaps it’s just light clove help balance and the nutmeg is quite reserved, thankfully. The actual mead aspect seems quite high quality. Warming certainly can expose many flaws but the honey seems quite floral, almost heathery and with vague citrus elements. No alcohol noted (perhaps having burned off much of the potential vapors).
Sweet, rather slippery and fairly light-bodied for its size and sweetness. But again, warming is certainly going to loosen it up, so it’s a bit tough to rate. Vanilla, cinnamon-like sweet-peppery notes and a touch of waxiness and nuttiness on the very end. Floral honey flavors and a lightly sticky, sweet end with more light spicing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (1105) - Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle from State line liquors- catching up on old ratings from Oct/Nov 2012 timeframe. I actually like this one, if I recall correctly. It was a bit boring, but it didn’t have the nasty menthol thing happening. Solid effort, I’ll probably try their other offerings if the price is right. Oh, I think this one came with a spice bag, which I didn’t use, I also servered it cold in a tulip glass.

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