Medovina Meadery Reviews

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.4
Smell is booze and honey. Taste is insanely rich honey with the perfect amount of sweetness. Full body.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.9
375 ml bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer. Crystal clear, almost look like water! No really it does. Aroma is orange blossom honey, apples and subtle wood. The flavor is a nice sweet honey that never gets cloying. Almost a floral wildflower / dandelion note going on here with light vanilla. Pretty nice sipper.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.9
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer. Pale gold with no head but some lacing in the glass. Great honey aroma with some vanilla. Taste is woody with some floral notes. Nice.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4
375ml bottle from umich03jm. Big thanks, Jason! Pours pale white gold, no head, a little leg. Great honey aroma. This is just a perfectly crafted medium sweet honey mead. Well done!
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.8
Pale straw yellow. Sweet flavor. Smells amazing. Basic and very honey forward. Thin but nice. Very drinkable.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.4
light yellow. no head obviously thanks Brian for sharing. Very light aroma, sweet vanilla cake and icing with green apples. This is actually quite savory, complex, vanilla, juicy with an orange skin finish. really nice.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.6
Bottle thanks to Doodler! Aroma is musty honey, flowers, vanilla, white grapes, and a hint of alcohol. Taste has strong wood and flowers, some grapes and pear, honey and vanilla linger. Alcohol is noticeable as well. Good mead but nothing to make it memorable really. Was expecting a little more.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.9
Bottle at Sweet & Sour, Sštila, 2014-08-30. Pale yellow mead with, no head. Honey, floral aroma.Sweet honey floral flavour. Nice mead :-)
Monday, June 01, 2015

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4
375ml bottle. Pours still, light gold. Aroma of deep honey, with mild wax and vanilla. Well balanced show mead...excellent sipper.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.2
Hmmm, fordon to rasten this on my own tasting :-). Fantastiskt couple and well balansed mead.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3
Bottle 375 ml at Sweet & Sour, Sštila, 2014-08-30. Thanks to tkrjukoff!
Bottled 2012.
Clear pale straw yellow color, no head, no legs. Light honey, a bit sweet, alcohols cent. Sweet to tart, dry taste. Tart finish. Medium mouthfeel and a tart kind of bitterness.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.8
Pours tiny cloudy pale golden with no head and subtle legs. Smell is sweet with honey, hay, orange zest, vanilla, alcohol and hints of bochet. Taste is sweet and tiny spicy with honey, orange zest, lemon zest, hay, pepper corns, vanilla and hints of spongecake. Mouthfeel is soft, slightly sticky sweet, slightly boozy and medium bodied. finish is sweet with honey, orange zest, lemon zest, peppery wood and alcohol. Interesting peppery citrusy mead.
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.9
Bottle at Sweet & Sour, Sštila, 2014-08-30. Pale yellow, no head. Honey aroma, floral, honey, raisins, caramel, banana notes. Sweet honey flavor, floral, caramel, banana, raisins, some grapes. Good mead.
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.2
2004 vintage thanks to Clark. Pours yellow gold. Nose/taste of sweet honey, vanilla, light maple syrup, sugar-coated pear, wood, cinnamon and vanilla. Medium/full bodied. Great balance.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.2
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is clear golden with no head - great legs. Sweet floral, woody, almost grassy, oak, brandy-esque, nutty, and maple syrup in the aroma. Taste is sweet honey, vanilla, flower petals, rose hips, nutty, hay, and lightly woody with a sweet finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really nice and easy-drinking mead and something I could drink year-round.
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.7
At Stephens House with Stephen, and Aaron. pours clear yellow. Aroma is sweet pear. Taste is sweet pear with nice light dark fruit notes.
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.2
Bottle @ Steve_0ís place. Thanks to Stephen! Pours a golden appearance with no head. Big apple, vanilla bean, pear, cinnamon aroma. Goopy thick honey, rich apple, pear, nutmeg, cinnamon flavor. Grate drank.
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.7
One of my all time favorite meads. Last time I had it I wasnít rating so itís time to give it itís due with a fresh 2012 bottle. Pours a pale yellow. Aroma is simple sweet waxy honey. Flavor is as good as I remember. Huge honey sweetness without hitting Polish levels of sweetness. The honey character is very bright and sugary sweet. Hints of apple, vanilla, and a bit of melon. Tones of wax and waves of caramel. A dash of booze in the finish. On the fuller side of medium in body, smooth. Still world class stuff.
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Medovina Summer Solstice 3
Pours pale yellow. Aromas of waxy comb and grapes. Mild earthy wildflower honey up front, very dry with a bold astringency. Mild grape skin and hints of florals. I prefer my meads less dry.
Saturday, February 01, 2014

Medovina Stinging Rose 3.6
Thanks Bill! Pours yellow. Aroma is earthy honey and flowers. Flavor is earthy and full of botanicals. Mild honey notes as well. In the back end there is a blast of rose hips. Fairly dry and on the thinner side. Nice.
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.5
Gold pour. So sweet and thick and rich. So damn good. Honeycomb cereal...decadent. Would drink this again and again.
Monday, December 23, 2013

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.1
Share courtesy of dak. It pours with a clear watery looking body that has a slight gold hue to it. The aroma is straight up sweet honey goodness mixed with a mild amount of beeís wax. The taste is smooth and nectar like sweetness with sugary sweet rich honey goodness and some beeís wax. Nice smooth silky residual sugars and honey richness make this a pleasing sipper.
Saturday, December 21, 2013

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.6
Bottle sampled @ Dakís Black Friday tasting. Generously shared by Dak...canít believe Iím getting a chance to try this. On my wants FOREVER! Extremely fragrant sweet floral and fruity aroma that shows crisp apple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, oak, and honey. Similar flavor. So refined and filled with raw organic honey. Again demonstrating every member of the melon family. Pure cane sugar and a slight acidity/citrus. Decadent, incredible dessert mead. Close to perfection in a bottle.
Sunday, December 08, 2013

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.9
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours a straw color with some brownish tints. Still, good legs. Nose is clean, low sherry and strong honey notes. Not varietal tinged but nice. Some low fruit. On tasting, mid sweet and very warming. Some papery oxidation peeks through, along with a fungal type note. Tart as well. Nice mead overall.
Friday, July 19, 2013

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.8
bottle. super clean mean, medium bodied, semi-sweet, touch melon and spice to it. very drinkable but not a sweet mead and not nearly worth the asking price.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.9
375 ml shared by drewbeerme. Thanks, dude. Pours a rich glowing pale straw hue, gentle glow. Gentle frothy whitish head dies to a tiny ring, laces very small. Aromas are rich honey and apple, gentle honeycrisp apple, some toffee, some honey, and cider. Rich citrusy apple presence. Initial is medium in body, a firm fruity sweetness shows some honey, apple, and gentle sweetness. A bit of caramel, some oak, gentle growing apple and honeycrisp presence. A bit thinner, backend is apple and cidery, a bit more thin, fruity and vibrant, a gentle oak presence, some vanilla, cool sweetness, some honey. Finish is gentle tartness, apple, and mellow carbonation. A bit dry, that middle and backe is sweeter. Pretty enjoyable.
Sunday, July 07, 2013

Medovina Classic Mead - Off Dry Oak Aged 3.3
375ml bottle 2006. Clear at first with lots of sediment towards the end. Aroma is honey, floral, medicinal, oak and apple. Flavor is alcohol with minimal honey some acidity, oak and hot alcohol. Light body, still and dry. This one is very dry, it losses all itís honey flavor.
Saturday, June 29, 2013

Medovina Sweet Melissa 4.3
Cracked this gem open with the wife and family over the holidays. Perfect dessert mead. Poured into short champagne taster glasses. Still, pale-gold pour. Nice floral aroma. Flavors of honeyed fruits, vanilla and apple pie. Subtle and balanced, warming alcohol and some oak n the background Nice finish - smooth & viscous. Yummy stuff.
Saturday, January 07, 2012

Medovina Raspberry Rhapsody 2.8
Bottle. No head (still). Body is medium pinkish-amber. Aroma is notes of raspberry (including the seeds), Jolly Rancher apple-watermelon candy, honey, alcohol, carpet/rubber, perfume. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, flat carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not too bad. Not a big fan of the nose, but there arenít any egregious fusels, just some light off phenols in the background. Raspberry is the most noticeable aromatic, but it also has some candy-ish fruit character as well. Nice flavor balance, neither too sweet or too tart.
Friday, December 23, 2011

Medovina Apis One 1.2
Bottle. No head (still). Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is a strong note of diesel fuel / jet fuel, other notes of honey, acetone, wet concrete, apple skin. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, unclean. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, flat carbonation, lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic. Wow. I donít even know what to say. The primary aroma is exhaust from a tractor trailer mixed with that unmistakable smell when youíre setting on the tarmac on an airplane and the jet fumes permeate the cabin. Unreal. One of the most fusel meads Iíve ever sampled. I wish I was exaggerating. There is some honey in the nose too, but amazingly repellent. And it gets even worse/stronger as it warms up. I literally had to hold my breath to take a sip (and spit, as Iím simply not going to ingest something this fuselly). Some apple/pear in the retronasal aroma but I canít get past the jet fuel in the glass to find much of it. Dirty aftertaste as you might imagine (ever tried siphoning fuel by sucking the hose and get some gas in your mouth?...arggh!). So sad, but yes...this is impossible to consume. Back to the store for a refund with this one. Itís all the more sad because I used to be a huge fan of this meadery. Doggone it.
Friday, December 23, 2011

Medovina Mystic Sage 2.8
Bottle. No head (still). Body is light yellow. Aroma is notes of honey, flowers, honeydew melon, insecticide and gasoline, light note of herbs (oregano, etc.). Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, flat carbonation, lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic. The higher alcohols are apparently still an issue at Medovina, as this is seemingly a very new product and bug spray and petrol are clearly evident. The aroma is pleasant otherwise, but itís hard to ignore the fusels...would probably give a 7 or so for the nose if they werenít there. The sage is very quiet, just barely detectable, which is admittedly better than being overdone, but a little more sage-y-ness wouldnít have been a bad thing. Rather syrupy sweet (for this meadery at least, certainly not compared to Polish sugar bombs), but thereís enough acidity to preserve drinkability. All in all ok, itís just a shame about the fusels.
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Medovina Classic Mead - Off Dry 2.3
Bottle. Poured a clear gold color. Apple and honey in the nose. Medium bodied and dryish. Vanilla, honey, and apple flavors.
Monday, December 05, 2011

Medovina Summer Solstice 3.3
Pour is clear yellow thanks to Aaron for the pour! Aroma has notes of sweet grape, honey, lemon, some biscuit, vanilla, bits of grass and earth, finishes fairly dry but has a fruity note as well. Nicely done, but not a ton of flavor.
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Medovina Summer Solstice 3.4
Bottle @ Danís house. Very clear, light yellow appearance. Dry, slightly spicy, light fruity, honey aroma. Tangy, pear fruity, sweet honey, citrusy flavor. Pear, citrusy, fairly sweet finish.
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Medovina Harvest Cyser 3.7
Pour is clear yellow bottle thanks to Aaron for the pour! Pour is clear yellow, aroma has notes of tart apple, some sweet honey, hints of earth, grass, some slight vanilla and a touch of booze. Taste is a mix of apple, honey, vanilla, some slight grass and honey, finishing with a touch of booze and fairly dry.
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Medovina Harvest Cyser 3.7
Bottle @ Danís house. Light golden, clear appearance. Dry, apple cider, dry, light honey aroma. Light, dry apple, light honey flavor with a light, somewhat dry finish.
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Medovina Classic Mead - Off Dry 3
Pours clear yellow, slightly hazy thanks to Aaron for the pour, aroma brings notes of honey, dry wine like notes, hints of earth, vanilla and some slight floral notes. Taste is a bit of sweet honey, some slight alcohol notes, going into hints of vanilla, oak, grass, some slight earth. Not bad, not tons of flavor but easy to drink.
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Medovina Classic Mead - Off Dry 3.5
Bottle @ Danís house. Slightly hazy, light yellow appearance. Rashly a light honey, white wine, slightly dry finish. Light apple fruity, easy drinking, sweet, fairly dry, honey flavor. Easy drinking.
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Medovina Classic Mead - Dessert 2.9
Clear light gold. Aroma of warm alcohol esters, sweet honey tones, and some cough medicine. Taste is a little too boozy and medicinal, but there is some honey tones to bring an eccentric flavor to it all. Just too alcoholic.
Friday, October 07, 2011

Medovina Just Cider 1.4
Bottle @ home with a cheesy, plastic screw cap as slim ernie pointed out. Slightly hazy, golden appearance with a very light head. Fairly vinous, dry, light apple aroma. Sweet, fairly watery, plastic, dry yet boring, bland apple flavor. This is really watery, bland, lame, and frankly hard to drink. I guess slim ernie was right...
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Medovina Classic Mead - Semi Sweet 3.4
Bottle. Poured a clear pale yellow color. Smelled of flower blossom and honey. Smooth and sweet with a somewhat oily mouth feel. Honey, sweet white wine, and apple flavors.
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Medovina Classic Mead - Off Dry 3.3
750 ml bottle 2010 vintage. Clear pale yellow. Aroma was lots of floral honey and alcohol. Flavor was hot alcohol, some acidic honey and herbal spice with the smallest amount of sweetness. Light body with a dry, burning finish. This smelled great but tasted pretty harsh, age this one for years.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Medovina Just Cider 1
Bottle (plastic screw cap, oh-so-classy). No head (still). Body is clear light to medium yellow. Aroma is notes of nail polish remover (acetone), modeling glue (toulene), plastic, and apples. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, no carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent. Oh dear. Mark has lost his way in recent years, it seems. In the early days, Medovina meads were truly the best in the land...I strongly recommended them to anyone who was vaguely interested in honey wine. But after several years, fusel alcohol became more and more apparent in the new batches and I stopped trying/drinking them. So when I saw a cider on the shelves a few weeks ago, I was very curious but skeptical. Alas, this is by far the worst thing ever to bear the Medovina moniker. Almost nothing but fusel alcohols and phenols in the nose...positively repellent. The dirty aftertaste came as no surprise, and frankly I didnít even want to take a single sip based on the smell. Itís so very sad to see the mighty fall...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.3
Slightly hazy golden pour with a bit of soft sweetness. Light clean honey with a bit of soft honeyed sweetness. Sweet and clean if a little bit simple.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Medovina Harvest Cyser 3.4
Bottle sampled at the Mead Mountain tasting on 1/8/11. Pours a clear yellow color. Aroma of apple, honey and walnut. Apple and honey flavor with some walnut character before a tart and bitter dry finish.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Medovina Harvest Cyser 3.5
Sample at the Mead Molehill tasting on 01/10/2011. Pours a pale yellow color with a minimal head and sparse spots of lace. Aroma of fresh apples and honey. Medium, smooth body with flavors of apple cider, honey and toffee. The finish is tart and fruity. Decent overall.
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.5
bottle at Joeís goodbye tasting - honey, smooth touch of must, clover nectar and light flowers. Sweet, herbal notes and simple.
Monday, December 27, 2010

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.9
Bottle. Pours a pale gold body, non carbonated, and nice legging. Sweet with honey and floral tones, caramel and a sweet warming. Simply a nice mead with a solid warming.
Friday, December 10, 2010

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.9
Bottle at Joeís ridiculous going away party tasting courtesy of Joey. Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Caramel, vanilla, and candy. Super sweet, full of rich vanilla and caramel. Very sweet, and very delicious.
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Medovina Sweet Melissa 3.7
375ml bottle 2009. Clear pale yellow and still. Big bright floral honey aroma with some green apples, oak and alcohol. Flavor is more semi-sweet honey with a light alcohol warming and a lightly dry, oaky finish. Sweet without being sugary and a long smooth finish. This is great mead, no jet fuel or off flavors.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010