August 2015 - World Mead Challenge

This month's Wine feature is World Mead Challenge Wines
World Mead Challenge Reviews
211328
Honeywood
NV White Clover Honey Mead
Pale light clear straw color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of ripe peach and apple blossoms with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, subtle, medium-length peach jam on raisin scone, honey, and apple sauce finish. A delicious, dessert mead that is sure to please.
95 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211130
Martin Brothers
Strawberry Banana Mead
Medium light gold color. Bold, attractive, baked aromas of bananas foster and buttery strawberry waffles with whipped cream with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long honey butter finish. A wonderfully flavorful and delicious off dry mead that is flowing with fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211267
Meadow Vista
"Ostara" Mead
Pale light clear yellow straw color. Bold, interesting aromas of hot edamame, baked peaches, and pickled onion with a glycerous, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, nuanced, long honeyed melon, dried apricot, and flan finish. A delicious and layered mead with great flavors and textures.
92 points $21.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211217
Bee d’Vine
2013 Demi Sec Mead
Clear light pale straw green color. Delicate, cheesy, fruity aromas of cream cheese, wintermint, and spiced papaya with a soft, petillant, fruity light body and a graceful, interesting, relaxed pear sauce and creamed honey finish. A very tasty and versatile lightly sparkling mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211240
Royal Manor Meadery
2014 ZomBee Raspberry Mead
Pale dusty sunburst amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of fresh raspberries and honey buttered toast with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish. A delicious after dinner berry flavored mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211264
Meadow Vista
"Cloud Horse" Mead
Pale light clear brilliant silvery color. Bright, minty aromas of wintergreen, cream cheese, and spicy baked fruits with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length alpine herbs and ginger finish. A delicious and elegant mead.
90 points $21.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211262
Meadow Vista
"Bliss" Mead
Pale light ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas of cherry phosphate and honeyed rye toast with a satiny, soft, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy chocolate sesame nougat bar finish. A delicious, lively and layered dessert mead with just the right amount of cherry fruit.
89 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211239
Royal Manor Meadery
2015 Cuh Dubh Spiced Mead
Light yellow straw color. Rich, complex, spicy savory aromas of brown spices, sandalwood, fruitcake, and melted honeycomb with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length wintermint, gooseberry jam, and smoked paprika finish. A nicely balanced spiced mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211126
Martin Brothers
Wildflower Sweet Mead
Light clear golden straw color. Bright, earthy aromas of honeycomb, dried mango, and dried grass with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long peach cider, white cashew toffee, and toast finish. A solid lightly sweet mead that drinks like an auslese riesling.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211266
Meadow Vista
"Rubus" Mead
Brilliant light garnet color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of dark berries, craisin, and pressed flowers with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant toasted nut and earth finish. A nicely restrained, dry, wine-like mead reminiscent of a Beaujolais Nouveau.
88 points $21.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211216
Bee d’Vine
2013 Brut Mead
Pale clear yellow straw color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas of tropical fruit medley and honeysuckle with a satiny, bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length spiced apples, white grape, cream, and nutskin finish. A solid mead that will pair well at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211329
Honeywood
NV Blackberry Mead
Pale clear pink coral color. Lively, attractive, fruity aromas of strawberry jam and honeyed toast with a velvety, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dark berry jam on scone finish. A very tasty berry dessert mead that will finish a meal nicely or be a fun cocktail ingredient.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211263
Meadow Vista
"Joy" Mead
Pale light dull white gold color. Bright, spicy, exotic herbal aromas of wintergreen, spiced pear, and white toffee with a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, buoyant starfruit, peppered mango, minerals, and spiced nuts finish. A solid, well balanced sparkling mead with a nice range of fruits, spicy, and minty flavors.
87 points $34.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211364
Easley
Regel Tej Mead
Light pale clear straw color. Bright, meaty, herbal unpleasant aromas of cream, sesame honey candy, and Asian pear with a supple, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy horchata, apple, sweet potato, and chalk finish. A tasty, off-dry mead styled like spätlese riesling or pinot gris.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211132
Monks Mead
Monks Original Mead
Brilliant golden yellow color. Muted, earthy aromas of honeyed nuts, lime spritzed apple core, honey yogurt, and wheatgrass with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, sweet medium body and a tingling, brisk honeycomb, kiwi, earth, and parchment finish. A dry, seriously styled sparkling table mead reminiscent of an aged cava.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211128
Martin Brothers
Lucerne Blossom Mead
Brilliant clear light yellow straw color. Bright, earthy, funky aromas of nettles, grilled fruits and nuts, scorched linen, and bark with a velvety, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length spiced apple, grassy herbs, and mint leaf finish. A sturdy mead with a nice spiciness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211129
Martin Brothers
Orange Blossom Mead
Light clear bright yellow straw color. Bright, phenolic, minty piney aromas of hot iron, starched cloth, dried fruits, and wintermint lozenge with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length earth finish. A pleasant easy drinking mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211133
Monks Mead
Peachin' to the Choir Mead
Bright gold color. Lively, alliaceous, fruity aromas of honeyed peach danish with a supple, soft, bubbly, sweet light body and a tingling, brisk dried citrus, rain water, and chalk finish. An somewhat dry, bubbly fruit mead.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211131
Martin Brothers
Vintage Vine Grape Mead
Brilliant light ruby color. Delicate, earthy aromas of waxy honeycomb and baked cherries with an oily, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, breezy marinated cucumber and nutshell finish. A very dry, savory mead for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211265
Meadow Vista
"Mabon" Mead
Light straw green color. Delicate, earthy, funky aromas of herbal mouthwash and ginger snap with a lean, vibrant, dryish thin body and a warming, breezy spiced whole nuts, grassy herbs, and cork finish. A mead for Asian cuisine.
83 points $21.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211134
Monks Mead
Stigmata Mead
Hazy dark ruby color. Mild, odd aromas of spic and span cleanser, tomatoes on the vine, dried mulberries, and chicken soup with a glycerous, shy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, odd, brisk twigs, fruit seeds, and mulch finish. A most unusual mead, for the adventurous.
81 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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