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Honey Sun Iqhilika (Mead) - Herbal

Brewed by Makana Meadery
Style: Mead
Grahamstown, South Africa


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Our prize-winning mead - Gold medal award winner in the Speciality Category at the 2006 International Mead Festival in Boulder, Colorado. A semi sweet mead (approx 20g/l residual sugar) with rooibos, honeybush tea, cinnamon and apple. The herbs provide a smooth structure to the mead with a lingering honey aftertaste. Ideally served at 12-14 degrees Celsius, in a large red wine glass to allow development of the nose. A good stand alone sundowner, a well matched partner to spicy dishes and stir fries, game and poultry and a companion to desserts and coffees.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden yellow color, with legs. Aroma of fresh meadow, Christmas spice. Taste is floral, spiced, mostly dry finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2015
Biting Alcohol aroma with herbal notes. The start is mild, but a followed by a rush of honey, warmth, apple, and just a *touch* of cinammon. Acidic. The fruit and honey linger, as does the glowing, warm feeling. This is actually quite fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3522) - New York, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle at home. I’ve had zymatore versions of this mead but needed to try original for comparison and the south Africa tick. Pours orange with lovely nose of honey and perfume. Tastes of honey but not too sweet, herbal, perfume, red fruit, apples, and boat loads of rooibos tea (which I love). Really drinkable and good mead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1903) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Tasted at Greg’s honey-themed beer gathering, thanks for sharing Vyvvy. It poured a slightly hazy medium amber colour, still, no foam nor lace. Intense, well-blended flavours of flowery honey, apple, cinnamon, hibiscus…HUGE herbal aromas. Medium body and complex mouthfeel, lingering sweet aftertaste. Extremely well-crafted, highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (2144) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Alot going on here. Cinnamon and Apple. Sweet. Honey. Flowery. Tried really cold. Thanks john.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft in a sampler at Ei8ht Ball. Confirmed that this was the Herbal one. Pours a totally clear, piss-pale yellow with no head or lace. There’s definitely some peppery spice in here along with herbs and honey, and there’s a bit of a white grape note, as well. Medium-bodied, with no carbonation and a spicy, sweet mouthfeel that finishes metallic. Weird mead, and not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2014
On tap at Ei8ht Ball. Not sure exactly which variety this is, listed simply under IQHILIKA - spiced mead. Clear golden yellow color, no head or lace. Bigger body. Very light carbonation. Lightly slick but not too sticky. Surprisingly smooth, not as sweet as expected, finishes a little dry. No bite. I think this is the herbal version, seems like a nice herbal character to it, some spice, some odd copper like metallic... It’s like I have blood in my mouth in the aftertaste. Nice honey, apple, herbal and spice notes. Interesting, tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Sweet spiced balsamic vinegar, star anise, and spiced apple aroma. Clear chestnut. Spiced apple and honey flavor. Medium body, slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Fresh honey, pollen, rooibos, apple aroma - smells like a Gluehwein. Amber. Lightly sweet spiced apple/rooibos and honey flavor. Slightly dry finish. Smooth - very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6105) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle: Pours clear, still, copper....no head. Honey, apple, spice aroma. Taste is very sweet, sugar, apples. Cinnamon. Very good, but very sweet.

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