Honey Sun Iqhilika (Mead) - Dry

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Brewed by Makana Meadery
Style: Mead
Grahamstown, South Africa

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This mead is enjoyed by those who have learned the subtleties of mead and can savour the extremely discreet honey notes and pleasant almond aftertaste. Best served chilled with game, red meats and curries. A sociable after dinner drink that will assist the consumer in solving the worlds problems (in theory)!

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4.1
katrinaez (2247) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Nicely done. Not too sweet. A bit tart. Deep yellow to orange color. A bit of the funk but really easy to go with. Tap

3.3
Travlr (26091) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Draft at Of Love & regret. Hazy golden yellow color. Aroma of summer fruit on a honey background. Taste has subtle tannins, bone dry.

3.5
CanIHave4Beers (4226) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a nice right orangeish gold, perfectly still and not unlike a pour of whiskey, which of course is perfectly fine for mead, just trying to paint the picture in an accurate way.

I really enjoy what’s going on in the aroma here, admittedly it’s not without it’s moments of wax vampire lips a-la my haloween in 1992, but there is a spiciness to it that matches well with the floral and honey notes that take it well past the wax lip garbage mead aroma. For a dry mead I’d say it’s touch sweet in the aroma, but again nothing unpleasant.

The flavor is indeed rich, and at least in my limited experience more of a medium level of sweetness for a mead as opposed to it’s claimed "dry" status. The mead is certainly unlike any other I’ve tried. There is a decided sour note lingering in the background to a generally floral and spicy mead, The booziness is defiantly there, but it’s not terribly overbearing.There is a metallic character to it that I’ve honestly never experienced outside of Ardbeg Islay Scotch, which is weird but cool at the same time. Of course I’ve not mentioned honey flavor yet... but yes, honey is a part of the Mead as well, but it’s not a sweet or sugary sensation.

I know I’m against the grain here but I do very much enjoy this beverage.

3.1
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Served on draft at Beer Run. My first time having a mead on draft and my first South Africa rating. Woot! This is the Zymatore version aged on French oak. Pours a clear yellow color with slight legs. The taste is honey, floral notes, earth and citrus. The taste is sweet honey, citrus, wood and a slight medicinal quality. Medium bodied with lingering warmth.

2.5
annunz123 (967) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Honey and some spice in the aroma. Flavor starts sweet but with a vinegar finish. Not something I’ll try again.

1.8
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
Tap at Smoke and Barrel- Zymatore version from B. United. Flat, clear orange pour with decent legs. Starchy and sweet nose similar to Chinese rice wine. Taste is super iron metallic with blood iron content and sticky sweet syrup. Vinegar in the finish. Oh bleh. Go away.

3.5
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2012
On draft at Smoke and Barrel, Zymatore series from B. United. Nose and flavor are marked with touches of honey, apricot, further stone fruit, touches of white wine (sauvignon blanc), and honey sweetness. Dries out quite impressively on the end of the palate, particularly considering the 13% alcohol. Pretty nice!

3.4
kindacold (237) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Barely any smell, pours like liquor. Tastes very sweet, but dries or your mouth. Finishes dry and clean.

3.5
yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
75 cL bottle at Sunset Grill. Pours clear and golden yellow with no head. Aroma is dry honey herbal. Sweet, sweet and honey herbal. Rather dry and honey hebral towatds the finish. Ends smooth and fruity into the finish.

3.1
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Sweet sour aromas, with a clear light golden color, Flavors of honey, sour citrus and flowers, mild palate with a slight stickiness. My first mead - so I guess I thought it was pretty good.


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