savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle. Cloudy yellow with and orange tint, no head (still mead). Sweet floral honey aroma with some alcohol and perfume. Flavor is floral and perfume with a dry alcohol heat and light honey. Dry mouth feel. Pretty good, a bit hot and the honey flavors were subdued.
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Slightly cloudy yellow pour, no head. Aroma has a slight perfumed cast to it, with the rose character showing as mild. The mead was quite thin, but didn’t detract from the experience. The rose character came out on the back end mostly, with a botanical character that, given much more, would likely start to tread into astringency or at least overtake the mead. Still a nice mead.
BeerandBlues2 (8490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours still light yellow. Aroma is light floral and honey bouquet, slight notes of vine and leaf. Palate is a tad bitter and dry with notes of alcohol.
brokephibroke (256) - Mead, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pale, clear gold with some bubbles at opposite sides. Predominate rose aroma, also honey and pungent fermented citrus. Taste midulates between sweet and dry. Rose definately there, so is the alcohol. Citrus up front, suprisingly no honey. But the palate is excellent, clean, dry and lingering.
3fourths (7530) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 375ml bottle. Still pour, soft medium dark yellow in color. Doesn’t seem to have much in the way of legs. Nose is perfume-laden sweet honey and white grapes. Texture is fairly thin considering the meadery. Semi-sweet the first second on the tongue, tasting of nutty honey and floral-flavored crackers, before turning more pasty and dry over the middle, but it never really develops into anything remarkable. Leaves the mouth coated with a handsoap-flavored coating of flower petals and a sort of sourness. Interesting for sure but I’m not enamored with it.
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pale golden color thats pretty much still, a bit of bubble at the edge of the glass. Great honey aroma and the rose essence definately shows through. Medium body and no detection of carbonation(which is good). Lightly acidic, that balances the sweetness of the honey. This is the way I think meads should be crafted. Semi sweet and off dry. It is refreshing, crisp and surprisingly clean. Not a sicly sweet mess that most ’classic’ meads can be. The finish lingers in the nose of the rose water. This is more like a wine... Chablis or even a chardonnay without the oak. Excellent work. Really interested in the dry varieties.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear gold, and is perfectly still. The honey comes in clear and first, and it’s effect is made all the more floral with the rose water. Underneath lingers something that could be oak or a lightly buttered biscuit (but this is very subtle). The flavor is really interesting. As long as the liquid is held in the mouth all you notice is that it’s fairly slick and a bit of alcohol. No sweetness is noticed at all until the instant of the swallow, when the flavor bursts with a pleasant sweetness, light burn of alcohol and more of that wood/biscuit. Delicate is quite the apt descriptor. Delicious.
Ernest (5908) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage (bottled in 2004). No head (still). Body is hazy medium yellow. Aroma is notes of honey, flowers, grapefruit, pine needles, grapes, perfume. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, flat carbonation (although faintly effervescent), lightly astringent. Lovers of American IPAs may find the aroma strangely familiar...somehow this smells distinctly like PNW hops were used, and though Mark may one day make a mead with hops, this doesn’t use them. But it smells just like the grapefruit/pine hops American hopheads know and love. As with all of Mark’s meads, this is more akin to wine than most commercial meads and thus more satisfying: better balance (in both aroma and flavor), nice tannic grip to provide a better mouthfeel, and not syrupy or cloying. Another winner, and something for hopheads to try if they’re not sure they’re going to like mead. For me, I’m not a big fan of PNW hops, and I prefer Mark’s sweeter meads, but the quality here is top-notch. Very cool.