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Lurgashall Reserve / Special Reserve Mead

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Brewed by Lurgashall Mead
Style: Mead
Lurgashall, England

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 495   ABV: 16.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Called Reserve Mead in the UK and Special Reserve Mead in USA. ABV is around 16.5 - 17%.
Despite the annual dating, the recipe is the same each year.
Matured for six months in Oak Barrels which have previously been used for rum and whisky maturation. The mead picks up flavours of the whisky and rum, and is then filtered and bottled. The finished product is a completely different type of mead, more complex and drier than traditional versions.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Vintage 2009, pours a golden color with decent legs in the glass, aroma is quite sharp with honey and oak notes, smells pungent. Flavor is sharp as well, almost cloying but not quite, honey dominates and there are subtle oak hints, not sure why it has such weak rating on here, its not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
Golden with a small white head. Aroma of oak and honey with a dusty note. Strong and sweet honey flavour ith a hint of walnut.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2011
500ml bottle (ChrisO’s post-GBBF2011 Wednesday)
A slick and oily viscous fluid, looks like it will be sticky. Honey alcohol and molasses dominate the aroma, but there’s a sharpness too. Sharpness comes out more in the mouth, and in fact dominates. It’s aided by the bite of 17% alcohol. Too sharp for me. for 17% meads, give me the mjod style instead.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle @ Chris O’s. Thanks guys. Pours clear golden with no head. Rice, honey, oak and alcohol. Warmth from alcohol. Sweet and cloying.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle at ChrisO & Ruth’s - Thanks. Clear golden - no head. Sweetness, raisins, dried fruits, light wooden notes, oakey, sharpness, alcoholic, almonds, earhty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011

Bottle 500ml. clear glass.

ABV: 17.0%. Clear light to medium yellow colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate honey, wood, earthy. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and light light bitter with a average to long duration, honey, spicy, wood - oak bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20110731]

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2011 500ml bottle at 17.0%. Straw colour. light honey (obviously) aroma. Touch of rubber. Sweet on the palate but not too sticky or unctuous. I don’t think I’ll ever be a great mead fan but this was pretty drinkable and light.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NJBeerman013 (1050) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with family. 2006 vintage Special Reserve. Poured into a small port glass, it is a warm golden yellow in color, flat. Aroma is honey, touch of spice, vanilla, dandelions, oak. It has a subtle flavor hint of golden rum - cane sugar? Flavors are heavy on sweetness, a little melon, honey, doughy bread. Finish is cloying, overly sweet. Not my favorite mead so far, but all around not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Pale light golden color. Aroma is of rum and honey. Taste is a tart honey flavor. Has a tart and sweet bite in the end. Not bad at all.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4057) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
From a bottle at the Vintage Estates, nice place. Volatile plastic aroma. Somewhat sweet turpentine taste. Dry finish and sweet too, what a combo. Not enjoyable for a lager lover. Too many whisky attributes. Wew.


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