GonZoBeeR (2800) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance:oily clear gold...
Flavor:syrupy,fruity,honey..Tasste like a ice cider...
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear pale gold color, the liquid sticks a bit to the glass. Very good aroma of citrus, honey and alcohol, it’s a bit tart too. The flavor is superb, sweet honey, tart citrus and warming alcohol. The body is thick and the texture is syrupy. This is an excellent mead.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle, vintage 2000, from SAQ Terroirs d’Ici, Montreal (spring 2005), served chilled in a Face Cachée de la Pomme tasting glass. Clear, solid, faintly oily gold with thick legs quickly apparent....aroma is at first nothing but alcohol but after a few minutes breathing honey blossom shows up, along with tart cidery aromatics and a touch of woodsmoke.....the body betrays the ABV much less than the nose, with beautiful sweetness that never becomes too syrupy or oily, edging towards lightly medicinal, alcoholic and minerallic/chalky at the finish....there is a woody quality, mostly a charred/burnt old barrel sort of feel, and a sense of mustiness that for me is perfect....a supple old sipping mead that maintains both mellowness and some forceful strength.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bleached yellow. Legs are quick to form and coat the glass as they swiftly retreat. Ultra-polished floral honey aroma with a hint of toasty tannins, lime sorbet, cantaloupe, and a light alcoholic perfume. Undercurrent of richness. Dryly powdery on the palate. Opens crisply with a tonic-like edge of hardness. Surprisingly firm, due to what the delicate aroma suggests, with a tightly wound display of sage, musty oak, and alcoholic warmth. Hint of tangy acidity. The center is delightfully hollow and devoid of flaw, which allows for a seamless transition into a nutty tannin squeeze combined with a less forceful display of assorted melon and sugar-drizzled pears. Perpetually crisp and herbaceous, with a cleansing yet understated breath of alcohol fused with dry oaky tannins which softly skim the palate. A classy mead. Thanks, Rastacouere.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8-year-old, 1998 vintage:
Trickling honey wealth along sturdy wooden boards...A classy, liquorous mouthfeel alas falls into a short flavor with alcohol heat...Intricate legs decorate the glass for this somewhat faded version of an apparently more potent mead...Not as good as the straw wine which preceded...
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear light golden body displays impressive legs, as oily looking and lasting on the sides as Jadwiga. Strong flavored aroma, very liquorous. Dominant honey flavors, very almondish nature, marzipan and fresh all around. Complex profile evolution as it warms and breathes. I love the way those wood chunks flavors dances up the nostrils when smelling and in retronasal when holding it in mouth. Mellow floral counterparts procure the necessary balance. While this is liquorous, it excels at avoiding the excessive sweetness most meads propose. It is quite dry actually despite being well medium to full bodied, still and liquorous. Warming alcohol bite, oily. Feels contentrated, but never too much thanks to the dryness and a nice leafy herbal character. This is not subtle, but not trying to be agressive either. A fine terroir product. Seek this out.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clean, fresh, intensely liquourous, vinous and floral honey aroma with some notes of toffee and biscuit is very complex and intriguing. Very clear golden coloured body is viscous with a nice coating on the sides of the glass. Strong, sweet floral/citrus honey flavour with some smooth, rounded rum-like alcohol notes and a lightly spicy finish. Gentle residual sweetness in the long-lasting aftertaste that has some grape-like tannins. Sweet but never cloying. Smooth texture with a medium-full, port-like consistency and mild alcohol warming. Wonderfully balanced with just a hint of the alcohol apparent. A perfect after dinner drink to bring warmth to the conversation. Bottle (Marché des Saveurs Dec. 2004).