BVery (6980) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at White Winter Winery on Nov. 18, 2011. Rich dark orange pour. Slightly spicy and oaky. A touch dry in the finish. Very nice mead.
madvike (2906) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GTMW 2010 - Wanted to sample this meadery and B. Nektar this year, and this was second place by a good margin. The pour is red, rosy, and clear with no head. Nose has a bit of heat, with red and white grape notes and an off smell I can’t place. Taste is grape juice with a touch of heat. It’s sweet, with a fairly light body and no carbonation. Not a lot going on with this mead.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour was dark and clear. Aroma had spicy black currant and sweet honey. Body was light and dry, the driest of White Winters meads, but was still pleasant. The rest of the meads I had chilled. This one I had warm.
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish hughed pour, very wine like in appearance. Heavily syrrupped aroma very sweet sweet sweet small amount of berry in it. Avg pal. Oddly has a tart current front w/ a warm swallow lackin in the sweetness I had expected. A nice mead.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Musty with black currants on the nose. Pours amber with a purple tint. Tart cranberries, sour grapes, and black currant, bitter cranberry, very smooth. Awesome mead.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to tytoanderso. Pours with a red, grape juice colored body. Decent alcohol legs. Aroma of currants, red wine, burnt sagebrush and wild flower/weed sap. Taste is dry, sickly tannic (extremely, overwhelmingly so) extremely low residual sugars, light grape and berries, sow low residual sugar it hurts (seems like less than 0.995). Medium viscosity, and very, very dry.
Not really a well executed mead.
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2011 [Bottle] Pours still red, and has good legs. Some alcohol in the aroma, decent fruit, and light oak that comes out when it warms. Taste has a lot of fruit, alcohol, tannins, oak and mild bitterness. Medium-thin mouthfeel with a long finish. This was a really interesting mead. Sort of like fruit juice combined with wine, with less honey showing through than with some of the other White Winters that I have had.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bonus from tytoanderson. Thanks Tye. This is tasty and drinkable, and drunkable for that matter, if its not a bit too fruity. Pours reddish purple with no head. Nose is sweet and curranty. Taste is currantalishous with some honey. Clearly there is alcohol in this mead, but its almost like cranberry ocean spray, there is tartness and sourness, which I course like but, I come back again and again to the oceanspray cranberry, but thats ok I guess, this is indeed a strange and enjoyable mead, but still something is sitting on my shoulders trying to butt into the conversation, but when he opens his mouth the words are not there, he doesn’t know what to interject, because I don’t know, its just blanketedly eeirie.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker reddish/purple color with a nice black currant aroma. Flavor is black currant-dominant with some mild wildflower honey and a crisp finish. Nice, but having made mead with black currants before I find it a bit one dimensional with simply black currants and monotone honey. More complexity needed, though currants are always a nice start.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle. Pours a thick and oily dark ruby with an aroma of subtle berry-infused red wine and a touch of oak. The liquid leaves a nice translucent film on the glass as it sloshes about inside the goblet. Flavor is a rush of red wine that tapers into a subtle berry and honey blend that leaves a pleasing bitterness on the tongue. Full and coating mouthfeel that keeps the flavors bouncing on the taste buds. A fine mead that straddles the line of a red wine. Nice stuff.