pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2008
ceramic bottle with a waxxed top.... pours a light pomegranete red with no head obviously. nice winelike legs that clinged to the sides of the glass.... strong currant and general sweetness in the nose. oak wasn’t noticeable....flavors were hot and strong currant. burning sensation ensued with every sip. somewhat overbearing overall. this one really needs to mellow out. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Thanks to Pantanap for this one. Red with ruby tint. Honey aroma with oak, red and purple fruit and some alc. Sweet purple fruit, boozy, cloying and a little unbalanced flavor maybe a little young? Syrupy, medium body. A little too much alc but great potential. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Thanks to Kan for opening this! Poured translucent blood red with some very fine legs.. sexy! The aroma picked up sweet, heavy current sweetness with lesser honey.. tart fruit skins amplified by substantial alcohol gave the final impression. The flavor began where the nose left off.. tart black currents driven mightily by the booze factor carried all the way through with honey providing more substance and mouthfeel than flavor.. became syrupy on the back with a lot of heat. Heavier on the palate and it finished with some alcohol burn.. overly hot, and I think a few years in the cellar might mellow it out. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks pantanap for sharing. The mead pours to a dark red glowing body with no head. Great legs. The aroma is black currants and honey with lots of fusels. Sweet. The flavor is sweet black currants and dark fruits. The palate is fusel, sweet and alcoholic. Good but needs to sit at LEAST 5 years. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
bottle. thanks to kan for this! pours raspberry red. nose of berry, raisins, fusel alcohols. flavor of raisins, berry, nice fruit but huge fusels everywhere. burns. this needs about 5 years.
JPDIPSO (6293) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Damn, I hate when I don’t copy before hitting "Add My Rating!" and losing all my verbiage. Condensed version... Ruby garnet color (still). Nice tall thin legs. Smells like Mogan David from a distance. Smells of black currants, other fruit, some tawny port scents and a hint of higher alcohols. Some zinfandel spiciness. Flavors of raspberries, Door County cherries and candi raisins. Somewhat mouthcoating, but enough acidity to keep it light. Oak flavors throughout. A nice nightcap, or after-dinner sip. MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Beautiful stuff, deep ruby, really glorious stuff. Fruity, loads of currants, nice fruity bitterness. Mild sourness. Incredibly well-masked alcohol, would be no hint it was this strong. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
500mL bottle, courtesy of Skyviews, opened at mj’s Tasting @ the Farmhouse and sampled throughout the week. Thanks, Bob! Pours a dark, deep maroon color; headless with nice legs. Dense, currants and blackberries in the aroma; dark fruits and tons of honey; minimal show of alcohol for 21%. Full mouthfeel: intense currants, fruit leather, and boozy dried fruits; the alcohol is well-hidden, but it certainly shows up in the viscosity and warming mouthfeel; like an excellent currant cordial; lengthy, dark fruit and honey finish. This actually holds up exceedingly well, and after a few days seems more mellowed and soft in the mouth. Excellent, crazy stuff. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Wow. Talk about a unique and delicious drink... I’ve never tried anything like this before. Deep, dark blood red color, with a huge nose of blackcurrants and rich syrah, and a bit of a bloody note as well, but really, really rich and complex. Rich and peppery on the tongue, biting, stinging and hefty on the palate, but not overly hot. Rich, meaty, bloody, consumed in dark, sticky, overipe plums, blackcurrants and red grapes. This is what the blood of a rare steak should taste like. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Poured from an earthenware bottle, thanks to Ken. Just plain awesome blasting aroma of Black Currants, fresh and settled as you would ever want. I feel like I’m back in the Netherlands, sipping cassis. So bright, fresh and alive. Alcohol? No, just pungent fruit. Pours a black-red core, full of fire and flavor. In the mouth, complex and intense fruit character, mingling with lively and still unctuous honey flavor. Gentle and calm. Dangerously not boozy. Finishes dry and with a peppery bouquet. Awesome.