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August 2015 - World Mead Challenge

August 2015 - World Mead Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Mead Challenge Wines

World Mead Challenge Reviews

Honeywood NV White Clover Honey Mead
95 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Martin Brothers  Strawberry Banana Mead
95 points
$23
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.
Meadow Vista  "Ostara" Mead
92 points
$21.90
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
Bee d’Vine 2013 Demi Sec Mead
92 points
$40
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.
Royal Manor Meadery 2014 ZomBee Raspberry Mead
90 points
$20
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.
Meadow Vista  "Cloud Horse" Mead
90 points
$21.90
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
Meadow Vista  "Bliss" Mead
89 points
$14.90
Best Buy
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
Royal Manor Meadery 2015 Cuh Dubh Spiced Mead
89 points
$20
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.
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Sweet Mead
89 points
$25
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.
Meadow Vista  "Rubus" Mead
88 points
$21.90
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
Bee d’Vine 2013 Brut Mead
88 points
$40
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.
Honeywood NV Blackberry Mead
87 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Meadow Vista  "Joy" Mead
87 points
$34.90
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
Easley  Regel Tej Mead
85 points
$8.99
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
Monks Mead  Monks Original Mead
84 points
$14.99
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
Martin Brothers  Lucerne Blossom Mead
84 points
$20
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.
Martin Brothers  Orange Blossom Mead
84 points
$20
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.
Monks Mead  Peachin to the Choir Mead
83 points
$14.99
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
Martin Brothers  Vintage Vine Grape Mead
83 points
$17
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.
Meadow Vista  "Mabon" Mead
83 points
$21.90
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
Monks Mead  Stigmata Mead
81 points
$14.99
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
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