deyholla (12195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Sampled from the bottle at Winter Dabbler. Pours a clear deep amber red with a bubbly head that dissipates completely. Aroma has lots of dark fruits, touch of dry honey and a decent amount of booze. Flavor is intense with syrupy dark fruits, honey and a decent amount of booze. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
Yet another gem at DL day. My first world class mead. Damn tthis is amazing. Deep luscious red color. Aroma of honey, currants, cranberries, raspberries, oak and more! Flavor is sweet and delicious. Berries, oak, honey...oh hell yeah! Thanks to whoever poured this in my glass!! BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at White Winter Winery on Nov. 18, 2011. Rich orange pour with nose and taste of honey and black currant. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!… First off, this is red-hot mead. Lots of ethanol in almost all facets - the aroma, the finish and my brain. At 21% ABV, I expected it to be boozy and wasn’t proven wrong. Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll focus on other aspects… there aren’t many. Black currants… and lots of ‘em. The aroma and flavor are both straight-up black currants and heat - less heat in the flavor than the nose. Also, like black currants, the flavor is tangy and tannic. Medium-bodied and astringent with a dry, chest-warming finish. Bottle courtesy of Skyview! kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
alexsdad06 (10780) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Appearance: clear purple, still,
Aroma: sweet aroma with rich blackberry, hint of alcohol,
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of alcohol, nice tartness to balance the sweetness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Sampled @ DLD 09 courtesy of skyview. I begin by saying my experience with meads has been fairly limited. The pour was clear reddish much like some wines. The aroma is a pleasing blend of sweet honey and various dark reddish fruits with the added depth of oak. The flavor was honey sweetness in the beginning with tart fruits taking over mid palate. Was the alcohol present, sure, but not 21 % worth. Nice change of pace. sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2009
October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown, courtesy of hopscotch.
Aroma of honey, astringent is very forward, lots of currants.
Flavor, brandy barrel, black currants adding a pronounced astringent mouthfeel. 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. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2009
500ml corked ceramic waxed bottle. Very cool little jug. Thanks, Pantanap! Crystal clear dark rubied deep red-to-black body. Headless, laceless. The nose is intense and super-condensed black currant. Plenty of honey too. Dry, almost tannic nose. Lots of booze on the nose and on the body, but that’s to be expected. Powerful slick and syrupy fruit notes, nearly overpowering, but still holds an intriguing balance to it. It’s about as much force as you can probably put behind some black currant and honey flavors, I imagine. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Rating number 2400 (and number 100 on the Outciders list) if I can figure out how to open the wax on this bad boy! Huge thanks to tytoanderso for this gem and some of the other white winters! Pours thick, like a port, but a darker and slight brown tinge to the otherwise red hue. The alcohol legs on this thing are monstrous! Huge and thick, stuck on as if by glue. Tons of alcohol on the aroma, but a not nasal burningly so. Currant berries that are a bit bitter, honey, vanilla, wood tannins, a bit of butteryness, raspberry, grappa. Taste is thick and soothing with a lot of berry, oxidized brown sugar, vanilla, wood, port and a decent amount of burn to remind you of the 21% ABV. Long, long, long duration that keeps evolving, with the currants and oak tannins taking a strangle hold on the honey wine. Now I am ready for another sip, yes, alcohol, and then rich jam and Madeira notes, brown sugar and vanilla oak, but still surprisingly low residual sweetness; not even remotely close to being cloying (like many detractors of Jadwiga can claim). Definitely thick and supremely alcohol, but not as viscous as one would expect on a mead of this alcohol (grain spirits are added which may cut this quite a bit). Deccadent, and pretty good. This stuff will get make one merrily smashed. Love it!