Honey Sun Iqhilika (Mead) - Dry

Brewed by Makana Meadery
Style: Mead
Grahamstown, South Africa


on tap


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (1714) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (23351) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (4169) - 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 whats going on in the aroma here, admittedly its not without its 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 Id say its 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 its claimed "dry" status. The mead is certainly unlike any other Ive tried. There is a decided sour note lingering in the background to a generally floral and spicy mead, The booziness is defiantly there, but its not terribly overbearing.There is a metallic character to it that Ive honestly never experienced outside of Ardbeg Islay Scotch, which is weird but cool at the same time. Of course Ive not mentioned honey flavor yet... but yes, honey is a part of the Mead as well, but its not a sweet or sugary sensation.

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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (13259) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Honey and some spice in the aroma. Flavor starts sweet but with a vinegar finish. Not something Ill try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kindacold (235) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Barely any smell, pours like liquor. Tastes very sweet, but dries or your mouth. Finishes dry and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (42642) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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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