January 2017 - World Mead Challenge

This month's Wine feature is World Mead Challenge Wines
World Mead Challenge Reviews
218256
Honeywood
White Clover Mead
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, dried apricot, and golden raisin -gooseberry chutney with a velvety, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long honeyed spiced apple and orange and creme brulee finish. A satiny, elegant dessert style mead that drinks like a Beerenauslese.
94 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218061
Honey Grail
Boudica's Uprising Sparkling Mead
Minutely hazy straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of wintermint, almond-anise cookie, bubblegum dust, and edible flowers with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long cream soda, orange chiffon, and chalk finish. A crisp, sparkling mead with a snappy finish.
93 points $4.69 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217852
St. Ambrose
Black Madonna Draft Style Mead
Pale salmon orange color. Savory aromas and flavors of blackberry vinaigrette on mesclun, reduced lime, and delicate herbs with a supple, racy, petillant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an effortless, spiced melon and citrus, mint leaf, and earth finish. A flavor and balanced sour mead with a mouthwatering appeal.
93 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217854
St. Ambrose
XR Cyser Draft Style Mead
Brilliant bright gold color. Spicy aromas and flavors of apple tart and parchment baked lemon with a supple, tangy, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a captivating, long lime curd, sweet spiced mango, and chalk finish. A fun, spicy apple pie like mead that eschews cloying sweetness for vibrant acidity and light carbonation.
93 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217856
St. Ambrose
Evil Twins Draft Style Mead
Pale sunburst amber color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of ginger beer and sour cherry preserves with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long green apples, spiced nuts, fresh ginger, and pepper finish. A fun fruity, gingery spiced mead with great flavor and balance.
93 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217860
St. Ambrose
Star Thistle Mead
Brilliant yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of green tree bark and resin, lemon pith and seeds, rose hips, and toasty bbq woods with a soft, tangy, petillant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy honeyed lime and pear, leaves and thistles, and peppercorn finish. A somewhat woody mead for the table.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217851
St. Ambrose
Wild Ginger Draft Style Mead
Yellow straw color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of fresh ginger and nuts with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length honeyed lemon, hint of chili pepper, and spiced apple finish. A deliciously spicy ginger and very drinkable ginger flavored sparkling mead.
92 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217846
Black Willow Winery
Odin's Nectar
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of suede, dried fruits, caramelized nuts, and hint of soy with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long wheat grass, minted apples and nectarine, and pepper finish. A very expressive dessert-style mead that drinks a bit like a Sherry.
92 points $17.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217857
St. Ambrose
2014 Oak Barrel Reserve Mead
Brilliant straw green color. Complex, woody aromas and flavors of thistle, grain husk, toasted herbs, and Asian spices with a supple, lively, dryish body and an interesting, medium-length mango tea, roasted chestnuts, cedar, and beach grass finish. A nice barrel influence mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217904
Valley Vineyards
Honey Mead
Brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honey baked apple and pear tart and spiced melon with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spicy peach nectar, sultana, and nuts finish. A delicious dessert mead with great fruitiness and acidity reminiscent of a late harvest dessert wine.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217862
St. Ambrose
Cherry Amore Mead
Dark salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of dried sour cherry and cranberry and chestnut honey with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, medium-long honeyed zucchini bread and delicate anise finish. A delicious and pure cherry flavored mead that is sure to please.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217858
St. Ambrose
NV Royal Reserve Mead
Brilliant golden yellow color. Roasted, woody aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, toasted oak, and dried stone fruits with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long spiced apples and peaches and honeycomb finish. A rich, inviting dessert mead with a great combination of honey and oak tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218091
Bee d’Vine
NV Brut Mead
Pale yellow straw color. Elegant, fruity aromas and flavors of Asian pear, mint and flower patch earth, honeycomb, and pollen and rose hip with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, long spiced melon, starfruit and kiwi and guanabana and coconut milk finish. A delicious and elegantly styled mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218093
Bee d’Vine
2015 Demi Sec Mead
Dusty yellow straw color. Aromas of wintermint, pine blossom, granola, and tea and tobacco leaves with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length coconut water, starfruit and jicama, and lemon honey tea finish. A very interesting honeyed tea like mead that drinks like a fine riesling.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217995
Meridian Hive
2014 "Bounty" Mead
Bright light amber color. Umami aromas and flavors of soy marinated mushrooms, suede, clay and crayon, and fig paste with a round, soft, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, long fleur de sel, reduced nectarines, peppery spices, and roasted almonds finish. A rich, warming barrel-aged mead that drinks like a Palo Cortado Sherry.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218023
KingView
"Trocken" Dry Mead
Bright golden yellow color. Earthy aromas and flavors of honeyed herb muffin, dried citrus, honey powder, and grape scented candle wax with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, engaging, medium-long honeyed green apple and citrus, wintergreen, and coconut water finish. A lively and tasty fruity mead with great flavor and versatility.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218026
KingView
Triple Beere
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Fruity, spicy, floral aromas and flavors of spiced raspberries, floral blueberry honey, and baklava with a supple, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length blackberries, nutskin, pickled melon rind, and blood orange finish. A very pure and appetizing berry-flavored mead.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218029
KingView
2016 Blue & Gold Mead
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries and yams with a supple, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, buoyant cranberry relish, honeyed blueberries, and nutskin finish. A very tasty blueberry flavored mead.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217859
St. Ambrose
Tupelo Ambrosia Mead
Bright golden yellow color. Sweet, smoky, interesting aromas of incense, toasted mint, grilled Asian pear, and turmeric tea with a supple, bright, petillant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, spiced mango and apple, limestone and chalk, and hint of pepper finish. An intriguing mead with scintillating, evolving flavors and lots of minerality.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217983
Cardinal Hollow Winery
Whiskey Mead Pennsylvania
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled bread, olives and edamame, dark roasted nuts, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length caramelized apples and oranges finish. A nice savory mead with a fruity undercurrent.
89 points $23.58
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217984
Cardinal Hollow Winery
Raspberry Mead Pennsylvania
Light burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries and berries, conditioned leather, and sautéed nuts with a supple, tangy, off-dry body and a tingling, intriguing, buoyant raspberry preserves and honeyed nuts finish. An intriguing fruity mead with nice dry Sherry-like notes.
89 points $23.58
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218025
KingView
Doppel Schwarz
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie and soda with an tart, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, crisp blackberries and Asian pear and honeyed mint tea finish. A very vinous, precisely balanced berry flavored mead.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217650
Bargetto
NV Chaucer's Raspberry Mead California
Brilliant reddish amber color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of wild raspberries, herbal honey, and dough with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a graceful, captivating, breezy raspberry jelly and nuts finish. A bright, fruity, earthy raspberry flavored mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217848
Black Willow Winery
Valkyrie's Lure
Old gold color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy pear custard tart and circus peanut with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a polished, amusing, medium-length honeyed banana flan finish. A fun, creamy, fruity mead with attractive pear and banana flavors.
88 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217993
Meridian Hive
"Rhapsody" Mead
Brilliant ruby color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed mulberries and blackberry seltzer with a soft, tangy, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed apple and mint finish. A tasty lively, lightly sparkling with nice, tangy berry flavor.
87 points $5 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217855
St. Ambrose
John Lemon Draft Style Mead
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of Italian lemon juice, nuts, and grilled lemon and oregano with a supple, tart, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length green apple skin finish. A fun, artisanal lemonade like mead.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217864
St. Ambrose
Rosé Ambrosia Mead
Brilliant light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of honey baked cherries, hint of cherry gum and gelatin, and rhubarb pie with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, easy toasted nuts and apple finish. A pleasant vinous mead that will pair nicely; try in sangria.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217847
Black Willow Winery
Freyja's Passion
Dusty bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of cotton candy, red cream soda, and banana-strawberry yogurt with a soft, tangy, off-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, breezy pancakes with syrup and jicama finish. A pleasant breakfast style mead.
87 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218257
Honeywood
Blackberry Mead
Coral orange pink color. Earthy, musty aromas of wet grass and straw and nutshell with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy honeyed berries and cherries, watermelon sorbet, and nutskin finish. A sweet fruity dessert mead.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218027
KingView
2016 Golden Moscato Mead
Bright golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttered toast with light grape jam, toasted nuts, and vanilla creme wafer cookie with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, carefree honeyed nectarine finish. A nice toasty, easy drinking mead.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218010
Chaucer’s
NV Mead
Golden straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of grassy mushroomy earth and roasted chestnuts with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length honeyed tangerine and peach, apple sauce, and straw finish. A very crisp, fruity mead with nice flavor intensity and a touch of earthiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217985
Cardinal Hollow Winery
Queens Delight Pennsylvania
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of rye whisky barrel, dried stone fruit, peppery spice, and vanilla bean with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, brisk ginger snaps, spiced baked apples and yams, and creme brulee finish. A crisp, peppery, lightly spicy after dinner mead.
86 points $23.58
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218030
KingView
Key Lime Mead
Bright golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fresh crusty key lime pie, custard, and delicate spice with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk lime and ginger seltzer and sweet potato finish. A fun, light and fruity mead that nails the graham crust flavor of a Key lime pie.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218056
Time Traveler
Tej
Dull gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of mink oil conditioned leather, haystack, clay, and roasted chestnuts and mushrooms with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length nougat, apples and figs in cream, sherry, and logs finish. An interesting manzanilla Sherry like mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217992
Meridian Hive
"Discovery" Mead
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, floral, yeasty aromas and flavors of meringue, spiced starfruit and Asian pear, paper mache, and pressed flowers with a supple, bright, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, crisp honeyed kiwi, apple and clementine, hint of wintergreen and fennel, and seltzer water finish. A lively, fruity, lightly sparkling mead that is a pleasure to drink.
84 points $4 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217994
Meridian Hive
"Haven" Mead
Hazy yellow straw color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of peach pastry dough, honey roasted nuts, and ginger mint with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length jicama and peppery spices finish. A crisp, spicy, pastry like draft mead.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217853
St. Ambrose
Razz Draft Style Mead
Pale salmon orange color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of raspberries, nougat, and paper mache with a supple, tangy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, snappy berry sorbet, honeyed apple and nuts, and raspberry lozenge finish. A pleasant raspberry mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218024
KingView
"SUB" Sweet Mead
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Minty, yeasty, oily aromas and flavors of wintergreen lozenge, anise cookie dough, and walnut-hazelnut oil with a lightly tannic, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, amusing, snappy honeyed orange, apple sauce, and nutskin and ground nuts finish. A sturdy, lightly tannic mead for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218028
KingView
2016 Purple & Gold Mead
Minutely hazy yellow straw color. Herbal, perfumed aromas of dried lavender and lemon and honeyed tea with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and an even, appealing, long peach nectar, lemon sorbet and verbena, and potpourri finish. A pungent floral and herbal mead for small sips.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217979
Honey I Have Meads
2010
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked spiced peaches, dried mango and plantain, and a hint of geranium with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, swift clementine and rhubarb, lime zest, and grass finish. A firm and austere dry mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217861
St. Ambrose
Razzmatazz Mead
Ruby color. Odd, off-putting aromas of berry bush, charred nuts, matchstick, and fried rice with a lean, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, instant wild raspberries and mulberries and straw and grass finish. A smoky, earthy, berry-flavored mead for cheese.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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