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Honey Sun Iqhilika (Mead) - Herbal

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Brewed by Makana Meadery
Style: Mead
Grahamstown, South Africa

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5863) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5016) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (2611) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (6975) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3075) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours amber with no head and a huge honey and spice aroma. There is a very complex honey based flavor with lots of tea and a hibiscus finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cheap (3801) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
At vintage estate. Brownish and clear. Smells like sweet bubble gum. Dee-lish honey with a slight warming effect. Fun & easy. smooth and like able. Lovely, best of the meads that I can remeber.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
magsinva (846) - Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle - orangish color. reeks of potpourri. This is a very bad thing to me. Pass.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3161) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle from liquor express. Pours golden with no head. I feel like I should be in the shower when I drink this stuff since it smells like a bottle of herbal essences shampoo. It’s all flowery and shit but not in a good way. It tastes like potpourri tea. Lingers a bit. Flavorful but I wish it wasn’t.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
arone12 (906) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Had this one on tap at max’s. Haven’t had many meads before and have never rated one. This one was an orange color. Fairly sweet. Almost too sweet for my liking. i would have liked to drink a little less of this. Alcohol was not present however which is quite impressive for being 13 percent.


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