January 2018 - World Mead Challenge

January 2018 - World Mead Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Mead Challenge Wines

World Mead Challenge Reviews

Sun Up Brewing Company  Sunnas Nektar Braggot
95 points
$75
Dark copper color. Complex aromas and flavors of toasted fruit cake, caramelized roasted chestnuts, hint of tamari, and chocolate yogurt with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, long caramelized citrus, pepper, and chocolate gingerbread finish. A very complex and layered braggot with great flavor and balance.
Awards: 2017 Best Mead
Honeywood  Mead
93 points
$12
Best Buy
Dull straw color. Tropical, interesting aromas of papaya and lychee, honey roasted grapes, sweet pepper-olive relish, and honeyed Greek yogurt with a full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long ginep, golden raisin compote, and lime marmalade finish. An intriguing dessert mead that drinks a lot like a fine beerenauslese.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Pucker-Up-Baby-DRY Mead
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty light ruby color. Aromas of circus peanut, macadamia gelato, meringue, and pine needle and bark with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, subtle, medium-long orange blossom honey, nougat, hibiscus tea, and suede finish. A very interesting, creamy, fruit rosé wine like mead.
93 points $15 Best Buy
HoneyMaker  Lavender Mead
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Dusty golden straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon ginger sorbet, dried verbena and lavender, and key lime pie with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, elegant, long spiced nectarine and honey roasted nuts with lemon zest finish. A lively and delicious lightly herbal and citrusy mead.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Costa Rica Meadery  Passiflora Passion Fruit Mead
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Minutely hazy old gold color. Meaty, savory aromas and flavors of turkey bouillon, alfalfa, and chestnut honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long dried tropical fruits and apricots, almond cookie, and mint cream finish. A complex, fruity and savory mead that will be great at the table.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Sweet Mead
93 points
$25
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple and pineapple, delicate mint and wintergreen, and dried honey with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long apple and peach sauce, pineapple slices, and lychee finish. A vibrant, refreshing mead that will appealing to gewurztraminer fans.
Awards: 2017 Best Traditional Mead
Meadow Vista  Ostara Pyment Mead
93 points
$28
Bright gold color. Interesting, tropical aromas and flavors of sandalwood, dried flowers and clay, buttercream on tropical fruits, and almond meal with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long dried apricot and papaya, suede, golden raisins, and pink pepper finish. A nuanced, warming, wine-like pyment that drinks like a late harvest Alsatian pinot gris.
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Thai-GRRR Mead
92 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Minutely hazy yellow color. Exotic, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-ginger chiffon, lavender honey, lime chutney, and floral coconut with a silky, crisp, off-dry full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish. A fun, citrusy, lightly peppery mead that will be fun to try with hot and spicy dishes.
92 points $12.50 Best Buy
Bootleg Hill Honey Meads  Orange Sunshine Reserve Mead
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy gold color. Floral, citrusy aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, tangerine almond biscotti, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, appealing, long clementine sorbet, honeyed mint, chocolate orange peel, and pepper finish. A mouthwatering and pure flavored orange mead for desserts or cocktails.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
HoneyMaker  Semi-Sweet Mead
91 points
$19
Clear golden straw color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced dried peach, honeycomb, cornichon and nut oil, and cedar pencil with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long raisin compote, spiced nuts, and brown butter finish. A delightfully nutty, savory mead that will shine at the table.
Martin Brothers  Lucerne Blossom Mead
91 points
$26
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked lemon and pear, bamboo shoot, and melted wax with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long pineapple yogurt, candied orange zest, wintergreen and alfalfa, and baked raisins finish. A savory, appetizing mead.
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
90 points
$19
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of baked and spiced tropical fruits, mint leaves, tangerine, and fern with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long lemon granita, overripe nectarine, and waxy apple skin finish. A savory, Riesling like mead that will be great at the table.
Pirtle  Blackberry Mead
89 points
$16.95
Bright garnet color. Fresh aromas and flavors of caramelized dark berries, honeyed cherries, and lily with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy cherry craisins and pepper finish. A nice berry flavored mead for cheeses that is reminiscent of lemberger.
89 points $16.95
Meadow Vista  Mabon Mead
89 points
$19
Clear yellow straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced peach, turmeric tea, green tomato relish, and cologne with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length spiced kiwi, spiced nuts, and tart green apple finish. A nice delicately spiced mead that will complement Indian cuisine.
Oran Mor  Aphrodites Obsession Mead
89 points
$28
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of melted honeycomb and chocolate, dried wild berries in Greek yogurt, and heirloom tomato chutney with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a medium-length craisin, sour cherry shrub, marinated beets, and white pepper finish. A nice combination of fruity and savory notes here.
Honeywood  Blackberry Mead
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Reddish amber color. Interesting aromas of baked berry, lightly pickled cucumber, and lipstick with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long currant preserves on raisin nut toast and choke cherry jam finish. A pure berry flavored mead that is sure to satisfy with desserts or in a kir royal.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Chaucer’s  Semi-Dry Sparkling Mead
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Spicy aromas of cola nut and spiced apple and peach with a silky, tangy, spritzy, fruity medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length lemon-lime soda, wintergreen and herb lozenge, clementine, and chalk finish. A fun, lively, somewhat soda-like sparkling mead for carefree enjoyment.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Humble Bee Vineyards NV Pumpkin Harvest Mead
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Medium bright gold color. Interesting, spicy aromas and flavors of pumpkin tart, spiced rhubarb and cranberry, delicate floral incense, and pencil eraser with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length spiced simple syrup finish. A nice pumpkin spice flavored mead.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Cherry Mead
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Brilliant light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of soy rice cake, balsamic drizzled berries, nut brittle, and milk curd with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy strawberry-cranberry spritzer and pickled cherries finish. A nice appetizing berry flavored mead with a refreshing spritz.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Humble Bee Vineyards NV Midnight Moon Mead
87 points
$15.99
Pale golden amber color. Aromas of saddle soap, suede, spiced raisin compote, and almond with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length nut oil, dried pear and nectarine, and hint of mint finish. A nicely layered, savory mead.
87 points $15.99
Chaucer’s  Raspberry Mead
87 points
$16
Reddish orange color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe raspberries in a basket and raspberry herb lozenge with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, breezy cranberry-sour cherry juice and nutskin finish. A nice fruit berry flavored mead that will be good on it’s own, with desserts, on in cocktails.
HoneyMaker  Apple Cyser Mead
87 points
$19
Brilliant gold color. Baked aromas and flavors of honey roasted apples and nuts, nougat, and rice cake and bamboo with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium spiced dried fruits, grape skin, and water chestnut finish. A rock solid, chardonnay-like cyser with warm, savory flavors.
Hawk Knob  Cyser
87 points
$20
Dull old gold color. Woody, roasted aromas and flavors of toasted oak barrel staves, pencil, honey roasted apples nd dnuts, and tea with a soft, shy, dry light-to-medium body and a medium citrus rind and brown apple core and saw dust finish. A heavily oaked cider for fans of the style.
Oran Mor  Sol Mead
87 points
$28
Clear silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey baked pear, rice pudding with sultanas, lemon seed, and almond meal with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, intricate, long honeyed spiced pear, feijoa, wintergreen lozenge, and geranium finish. A delicious, nuanced mead with great style and vibrancy.
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Apple Cyser Mead
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of tapioca with dried peaches, apples on a tree, and honey roasted fruits with a soft, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, breezy apple and celery sodas, starfruit, and lime spritzed jicama finish. A delightfully appealing sparkling mead for fans of Prosecco.
86 points $13 Best Buy
HoneyMaker  Blueberry Mead
86 points
$19
Dark ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry butter on cinnamon rye toast, blueberry cobbler, and berry sorbet with a silky, soft, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy nougat and creme brulee finish. A pleasant, easy-drinking berry-flavored mead.
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Sweet-Nothing Mead
85 points
$12.50
Dull light gold color. Baked aromas and flavors of melted honeycomb, baked apple and pear, sorghum, and baked wax paper with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a seamless, appealing, buoyant peach yogurt and apple mint jelly finish. A pleasant dessert mead that will excel with cheeses.
85 points $12.50
Humble Bee Vineyards NV Cleveland Sunset Mead
85 points
$12.99
Clear steely amber color. Aromas of peach scented lipstick, wild strawberries on the vine, and conditioned leather purse with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long strawberry-peach kefir and vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins finish. A intriguingly savory fruit-flavored mead with nice nuances.
85 points $12.99
Pirtle  Effervescent Sparkling Mead
85 points
$19.95
Clear old gold color. Aromas of chestnut honeycomb, dried stone fruit, and mint creme fraiche with a supple, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy pineapple cherry relish finish. A fruity sweet sparkling mead for desserts.
85 points $19.95
Martin Brothers  Orange Blossom Mead
85 points
$27
Clear golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried peach and apple skin, grape pip and melon rind, rice cake, and leaves with a supple, tangy, petillant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length apple sauce with lemon zest, honeyed kiwi and orange, and peppered endive finish. A bright citrusy mead with table-tuned acidity.
Honey I Have Meads 2010 Hydromel Mead
85 points
$30
Brilliant white gold color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of ripe Saturn peach, apple blossoms, spiced pear, and white balsamic on melon with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long starfruit, kiwi skin, and orange blossom water finish. A crisp, refreshing Vinho Verde like mead.
Oran Mor  Midsummer Nights Mead
85 points
$32
Pale reddish amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves on raisin toast with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, medium-length dried berries finish. A light and easy berry-flavored mead.
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Dry Mead
84 points
$24
Clear golden straw color. Interesting, exotic aromas and flavors of forest nettles and underbrush, green tomato vine and leaf, fur coat, and sandalwood incense with a supple, tart, dryish medium body and a sleek, complex, long gooseberry and lemon, nectarine skin, pickled green apple and melon, and lemon tea finish. A wild and wooly mead with bracing acidity for the table that drinks a bit like an orange wine.
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