Lurgashall Reserve / Special Reserve Mead

Brewed by Lurgashall Mead
Style: Mead
Lurgashall, England


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 495   ABV: 16.5%
Called Reserve Mead in the UK and Special Reserve Mead in USA. ABV is around 16.5 - 17%.
Despite the annual dating, the recipe is the same each year.
Matured for six months in Oak Barrels which have previously been used for rum and whisky maturation. The mead picks up flavours of the whisky and rum, and is then filtered and bottled. The finished product is a completely different type of mead, more complex and drier than traditional versions.

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abohemian (3) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2016 does not count
one of the best traditional meads out there. not too sweet, very true to the honey. deserves a higher rating.

DuffMan (10773) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle, 2009 vintage, shared at game night with Parksy, phantomhennes, and heavylaevy. Golden body with medium viscosity, still. Sweet aroma of honey, light pineapple, light vanilla, floral undertones. Sweet floral honey balanced by a nice fruity acidity, pineapple coming in again, oaky vanilla in the finish. This ends with a light tartness, which greatly adds to the drinkability for me. I expected a cloying honeyed oak mess, but I’m happy to be completely wrong! This turned out to be a huge surprise hit!

mikesaum (712) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Vintage 2009, pours a golden color with decent legs in the glass, aroma is quite sharp with honey and oak notes, smells pungent. Flavor is sharp as well, almost cloying but not quite, honey dominates and there are subtle oak hints, not sure why it has such weak rating on here, its not bad.

Christian (13930) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
Golden with a small white head. Aroma of oak and honey with a dusty note. Strong and sweet honey flavour ith a hint of walnut.

FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2011
500ml bottle (ChrisO’s post-GBBF2011 Wednesday)
A slick and oily viscous fluid, looks like it will be sticky. Honey alcohol and molasses dominate the aroma, but there’s a sharpness too. Sharpness comes out more in the mouth, and in fact dominates. It’s aided by the bite of 17% alcohol. Too sharp for me. for 17% meads, give me the mjod style instead.

Dedollewaitor (16545) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle @ Chris O’s. Thanks guys. Pours clear golden with no head. Rice, honey, oak and alcohol. Warmth from alcohol. Sweet and cloying.

Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle at ChrisO & Ruth’s - Thanks. Clear golden - no head. Sweetness, raisins, dried fruits, light wooden notes, oakey, sharpness, alcoholic, almonds, earhty.

fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011

Bottle 500ml. clear glass.

ABV: 17.0%. Clear light to medium yellow colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate honey, wood, earthy. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and light light bitter with a average to long duration, honey, spicy, wood - oak bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20110731]

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2011 500ml bottle at 17.0%. Straw colour. light honey (obviously) aroma. Touch of rubber. Sweet on the palate but not too sticky or unctuous. I don’t think I’ll ever be a great mead fan but this was pretty drinkable and light.

NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with family. 2006 vintage Special Reserve. Poured into a small port glass, it is a warm golden yellow in color, flat. Aroma is honey, touch of spice, vanilla, dandelions, oak. It has a subtle flavor hint of golden rum - cane sugar? Flavors are heavy on sweetness, a little melon, honey, doughy bread. Finish is cloying, overly sweet. Not my favorite mead so far, but all around not bad.

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