boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Long legged and thinned by age, this still melomel pours a murky red with caramel golden underlying hues. Quite unattractive. The aroma is ghastly. Medicinal cherry juice and tart honey don’t stand a chance at a peaceful marriage of flavor, a flavor that’s further inhibited by intrusive alcohol. The alcohol level found here errs on the low side for a typical cherry melomel, so this is especially concerning. The flavor brings grainy, sweet cherry skins and less than adequate honey into the fold. Sweetness is moderate, tartness is mild, though at an unacceptable level. Acidity is misleading; relevant and noticeable enough to bear mention, though it also doesn’t succeed in it’s intended purpose. Alcohol is drying and probably the only aspect of the palate that keeps this drinkable. The finish is medium-dry and cloying, never approaching the nuances and sensations of pleasure so often observed in better mead recipes. The mouthfeel is slick and spiky with grainy particulates. An awful mead.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is cherry cough syrup with gobs of honey propping it up. Copper/amber in color with no head. Very nice cherry kissed mead that is quite reserved in terms of alcohol. I don’t know much about meads, about what is ideal for them, but I do very much enjoy this.