muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2016 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at ÆppelTreow Winery. The mead was semi-dry, tart, and tannic. This was one of the highlights of the trip, besides the cask proof bourbon. The crabapples were quite nice in this mead, adding a lot of tasty tartness to the sweet honey. I would definitely get this again.
Small sample at the cidery. Pours a pale pink-gold, no carbonation (still)...deep honeysuckle and floral aroma at first, crabapple notes take a couple of minutes to come forth, a hint of really pungent spice (myrrh?) lingers while sipping...very sharp and tannic flavor at first, totally dry, with a hard chalky-mineralic finish; on subsequent sips (as my server noted) a little bit of sweetness does show up, and I suspect there’s a lot of complexity here if one takes the time and has more than a small sample - and as I got a bottle of it to go, I’ll be checking it out soon to see if I’m right. As is, one of the more interesting cider-mead tastings I’ve had of late. crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
375ml bottle. Nice and dry, spice notes, good mead character with a mout coating dryness miing with some earthy and tart apple. MeadMe (1694) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Pours red with yellow edges. Aroma is light apple and hints of earth. Flavor is wonderful. Tons of tart crab apple. Light earth and a hint of red berry. Drys out in finish. I like it. rbfishstick (176) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Enjoyed via a tasting at the winery. Pours a reddish gold with little to no carbonation. Smells of strawberries, cinnamon and spices. The taste is not overly sweet - apples, cinnamon and honey, but the apples are still the star. The finish is mildly dry and light. This is a very easy drinking mead that doesn’t taste too sweet of honey - very nice balance and one of my favorites from the winery.
madvike (3305) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
From the bottle at GTMW - Pours pale pink with no head. Nose is honey, light berry, and pear. Taste is tart cranberry, real dry and tannic. Just dries the tongue out. I think this would grow on me, but my sample was just a bit too dry. I can still get the honey and a bit of white grape, but the cranberry is in charge here. Interesting. Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Sampled at GTMW ’08 from clear wine bottle. Pours a clear light salmon mead with no bubbles nor any white ring. Aroma of tart crabapple with just barely a hint of honey. Taste is tart crabapple, honey, some white pepper and a touch of white grape. Finish has a light crabapple tartness with some pinot gris character that slowly disappears after the finish. An interesting Cyser that is mostly crabapple and just a touch of honey character.