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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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.


2.9
   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.

3.3
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9151) - 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!

3.8
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3286) - 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.

3.6
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Pours a clear viscous still pale golden with nice legs. Sweet floral fruity sugary complex honey aroma is verey enticing. Rich, sweet viscous floral clover honey body has a very nice complex flavor and well-balanced sweet and warming alcohol. A very nice mead, but definitely not something I could afford to drink too regularly.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2006
My first mead and I love it! Bottled Oct 2004. Poured a clear pale yellow with small particles afloat. Aromas of honey, orange, and a slight hint of alcohol. Sweet honey flavor with light spices. A great warming dessert drink .A wonderful wine alternative that I’ll probably fool many a friend with. Thanks to Springslicker for introducing this style to me at the Tennessee Tasting!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottle with waxed cork. Pours still, clear, pale yellow and sticks to the glass beautifully. The aroma is earthy, sweet honey and a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is very sweet and assertive honey and a very subtle alcohol warmth. This definitely has to be savored; anything more than sipping would be overwhelming. But a very, very good mead.


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