badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OSLO and Guerde’s Memorial Weekend Tasting, 5/23/08. 2006 vintage. Thanks to OSLO and Guerde for this one! Clear light yellow color. Solid aroma of oranges. Light honey body. Floral and hints of orange. I tend to dislike Orange Blossom honey, but I like this mead.
Stine (1713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 375 ml bottle, vintage 2006. Clean white grape appearance. Heated sweetness of floral perfume, orange, cinnamon, honey, and guava in the aroma. Hot tropical fruit and flowers. Bit of musty wood wafting dusty attic funk. Flavor is a warm honey and floral, musky perfume reduction with fruity touches of pear, apple, melon. Still lively and zesty, though somewhat noticeably hot; a mild, fairly plain alcohol flavor winking with a bit of vanilla. Soft balance. Palate is firm and oily, caressing and full. Lightly spicy finish with lasting sweetness. Intimate touch. Thanks Alister!
Skyview (5352) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 Sampled at OSLO/Guerde’s Memorial Day tasting. Shared by OSLO and Guerde. Pours a clear straw mead color with no bubbles or film top. Aroma of sweet honey, a touch of oranges, apples and some sugar. Taste is traditional mead with some citrus character, a touch of butter and apples. Finish is sweet, honey, apples, pears and a sweet sugar aftertaste.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle from miketd - thanks! Light yellow/gold pour with some light lacing (-1 on look because it had stuff floating in the bottle - not to be a dick, but a still mead like this should be crystal clear). Light aroma of OB honey with some faint apple and citrus. Flavor has a light honey bite with some apples, citrus, and sugar. After warming and leaving on the tongue it develops an interesting cinnamon bite reminiscent of tupelo. Mouthfeel gets better and better. Pretty good job with a basic honey varietal.
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 2002 bottle at the brewery. Pours a light golden/honey yellow with no head. This mead is uncarbonated. Smells lightly sweet of honey and melon. A faint whiff of lightly sweet orange jam, alcohol and vanilla all mix together. I was not prepared for the flavor. Rich does not even say it. Sweet, powerful, pervasive. Honey, almond, marmalade notes on the finish. Full bodied, smooth and delicate on the palate. Some alcohol notable on the finish. Just an incredible experience. I could drink a bottle of this stuff in about 5 minutes.