Oakes (12561) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep purple colour. My mouth was still purple the next morning. Sweet, syrupy blackcurrant character. Very simple, just fruit syrup and hints of alcohol coming in late.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a still violet body. Flavor of honey and blackberries. Flavor of blackberries, plum, honey, and earth.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to mora2000. Pours with a merlot hued body with great alcohol legs. Aromas are big time blackberry, tannin, jammy, port, floral honey. Flavors are of honey, sweet, sticky, black berry, floral notes, a touch peppery, medium tannin. Fully sweet, dessert mead. Still, highly viscous.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark purple-black headless body. Fruity aroma of berries and dark grapes. Very sweet flavour, fruity berries camouflage high octane alcohol sneaking by underneath. You are aware of its passing only after the fact. Pleasant, it is a touch simplistic and overly sweet, risking diabetic inducement at times. Syrupy medium palate coats the glass. Quite pleasant but a bit too sweet to enjoy in more than a small quantity.
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought and shared on the Island with the Ludlows after a highly successful day of fishing (mackerel, cod, ocean perch, sculpin, and a single beautiful halibut caught by my eldest son). Pours a viscous intense violet, like a blueberry reduction. Aroma is blackberry jam, that’s all I get. Flavour is sweet blackberry syrup, honey, with a mild seedy dryness. No hint of the ABV. More suitable as a topping for ice cream than as a dessert beverage. Nice flavour, but very one dimensional.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 375 ml bottle from the winery. Sampled there and even managed to bring a bottle back to St. Louis. Pours a rich, deep, cloudy purple color with no head. Aroma of blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry with some backing honey sweetness as well. Flavor demonstrates a nice- albeit intense- balance of honey and blackberry flavors along with some oaky, earthy, plum, and raspberry notes. Faint grains. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, rich, sweet mouthfeel. Much bigger than the other mead on the Island, Honeydew The Golden Drop. I might not always be in the mood for this one but when I had it I was and it absolutely delivered. Re-Rate, 12/18/11: This is even better than my wife and I remembered from our honeymoon visit to Rossignol. Great balance of blackberry fruit and honey sweetness. Nice body for emphasizing the blackberry half so heavily. I need to track down more of this. Great stuff.
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (375ml). Shared with GregClow and the mysterious Ms. "S", GregClow’s bottle. This is NICE stuff. Poured deep purple/berry-red, very thick looking, no head. Tart cassis berry juice and plenty of sugar in the aroma. Taste is thick and juicy, starts tart, finishes syrupy-sweet - this is very nice, in small amounts - a sweet cordial.
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to mora2000, dense black pour with no head, reminds me of Chambord and honeysuckle, thick dense and chewy
mabel (5789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[1237-20080330] Bottle. Fruity blackberry and sweet sugary syrup malt aroma. Clear, dark red wine body with no head. Mildly alcoholic, flavour is mostly blackberry fruit and smooth honey. Medium-full body. Very sweet, definitely a sipper.
Mora2000 (5704) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a purple brown color. The aroma has a ton of blackberry and honey notes to it and smells very nice. The flavor has a lot of sweet honey, as well as a ton of strong blackberry notes. There is also a hint of earth and some floral notes. Medium mouthfeel with the alcohol well hidden. Very glad I got to try this one.