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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 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) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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 (1556) - Ashburn, 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 (10077) - Vero Beach, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Slightly hazy light yellow color. Sweet light honey aroma. Sweet spiced honey flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
"Beer" #20 RBSG 06. Got to try this directly after the Apis Jadwiga, perhaps not entirely fair. Light blond in color, a touch thin in appearance. Aroma of slightly smokey bacon. Honey wax flavor, seet, but not overpowering. Rather nice actually. I found it to be very similar to the meads I’ve sampled previously from Smokehouse Winery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2006
in comparison, much lighter that Jadwiga...which more or less set the tone for the rest of it...smell was great. sweet honey, berries, but the flavor had a medicinal tone to it that was detracting. thebody was also not nearly as viscous as its primary competition. an enjoyable meade, but a far cry from the top of the ladder.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Light golden liquid with tall legs. Honey, and exotic perfumes fill the nose. Lots of floral scents along with light spice of ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Honey fruit and flowers strewn about the place in the flavor. LIghtly warming on the the palate. This does not get thick and sticky, rather stays light and balanced through out. Certainly wouldn’t mind having more of this about. Thanks Tom for sharing.

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