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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BroSpud (1689) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Sample at Julio’s NE Beer Festival. Todays samples were actually the first meads I have ever tasted so not much to compare to. I liked them much more than expected though. This one without the extra fruit added was probably my favorite of the lot.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Pours yellow and still with a nice neck on the bottle. Aroma is dominated by lots of sweet honey and some warming alcohol presence. Tastes of honey with a nice warming alcohol finish. Lots of floral notes are here making this a very enjoyable mead.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 30, 2007
750 ml corked bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (November 2007) served at just over fridge temperature in a White Winter Winery glass. The cork disintegrates but I manage to keep any of it from getting into the liquid….pours still, pale clear gold, faintly oily, with thin sheet-legs forming and quickly disappearing…..nose is sweet and cidery, with the honey more of a foundation underlying the fruity and floral characteristics; hints of jasmine and cinnamon arrive with a little warming….the body is mostly sweet, with light alcoholic/phenolic characteristics keeping it from cloying, as it remains juicy throughout to the very finish which is faintly dry and sharp….apple character is subtly present throughout; nowhere is the nature of the plants from which the honey is taken stated, but I would be surprised it there weren’t some apple blossoms involved….this is a solid middle-of-the-road sweet mead, nothing spectacular but highly drinkable; the alcohol presence is just a bit too strong as it warms, but otherwise it’s a nice addition to the portfolio.


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