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Sweet Melissa is similar to Classic Mead, except that it has more honey and a much sweeter, distinctively honey finish. It is a heavy bodied and heavenly mead - definitely in the dessert category. It has slightly higher acidity than our drier meads; this balances out the sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcat (23) - USA - MAY 14, 2007
This beer has a light syrup palate. It was a nice yellow color and had a very strong honey flavor- very sweet. It also had an alcohol aftertaste-(burn) which I wasn’t expecting. This was a little too sweet for me but it was a true pleasure to taste this mead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Thanks to boboski for sending this one up to Ohio.Very sweet,lots of honey and very wine like in the aroma.Pours a very light gold.Lots of honey with a very dry flavor.Light but very full mouthfeel with a very smooth very sweet easy to drink finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Pours a light yellow, small bubbles hug the edge of the glass. Big alcohol comes off of the nose. Some heavy fruits, honey, and a touch of some mustard. Pretty big, powerful taste. Quite sweet, some apple, plum, and honey are the dominating flavors. A little bite to it too. Pretty heavy alcohol, specially in the finish. Good flavor, I could sip on this one for a while. Thanks for SoLan for providing it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Pristine, simple, still honey-golden pour. Very thin, wispy legs. Looks regal, nearly resembling liquified gold blended with saffron oils. Aroma is ancient in feel and fully developed and truly captivating. Notes of honey, barren cherry orchards and hot and spicy cinnamon candy stand out. Alcohol levels encroach on caustic, though they never reach that level and instead remain a complimentary and integral part of the nose. Other fruit nuances are noticeable but are well-hidden behind the veil of honey. Flavors are just as riveting. Cinnamon and cumin spicing pounce forward, leaving behind a solid wave of raw honey and tinges of fresh whole cloves. Alcohol is more apparent, warming on its way down. Acidity is remarkably high for a dessert mead, for a dessert wine in general. Sweetness is lessened by this notable trait, providing excellent balance and maintaining drinkability. Spicing is heavier than desired, though all this really does to the overall flavor profile is add a sense of creativity and allure to take the next sip. Finishes off-dry and grainy, with noted small particulates in what little is left behind. Palate is well-wrought and generally smooth, Medium full in body. This unique beverage deserves its place in the spotlight, no matter how dim that light becomes as new meads prove more exciting or more elusive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Pours a light honey color. Aroma is of sweet honey. Flavor is of sweet honey, not as much as the aroma, very complex long finish with a hint of alcohol. Great mead!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Pale, straw colored body with no head. The aroma is wax, honey, and rich red clover. Taste is very sweet, with notes of clover, apples, honey, alochol, and fruit. Light bodied, rich, and very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. This looks just like champagne. The aroma is honey sweet goodness, but there’s a bit more of a chemical nose than the previous Jadwiga sampled. This is quite a bit thinner than the jadwiga as well. Delicious in its own right and should not be tasted right after the nirvana of jadwiga.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
RBSG 2006 Grand Tasting. Very clear light golden. Corn, honey and prominent alcohol in the nose. Very sweet with notes of grain, honey, alcohol and flowers. Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
RBSG 06. Apis Jadwiga, as others have noted, is definitely a difficult act to follow. Sweet Melissa shows a light straw color in the class. Big nose, straightforward on the honey (like Sauternes, amped). Light, sugary finish; much less concentrated than Jadwiga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9106) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Bottle... RBSG2006... This mead rocks!... Clear, light yellow mead. Honey and perfume aroma with wild Summber herbals interlaced. Sweet and warming. Honey, rich and dark. Light oily mouthfeel. Warm, but not overbearing alcohol. Almost dries out in the end. Thanks to richlikebeer for pointing out the end of the bottle. All the good stuff must sink!

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