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January 2019 - World Mead Challenge

January 2019 - World Mead Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Mead Challenge Wines

World Mead Challenge Reviews

Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Ground & Tapped Mead
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cold brew coffee, hint of honeyed peach, and cigar ash with a satiny, shy, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish revealing notes of honeycomb, soy latte with honey, cocoa powder, and coffee ice cream finish. A round and pleasant coffee mead that is sure to please, try with desserts.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Oran Mor  Aphrodites Obsession Mead
93 points
$30
Tomato bisque color. Complex, interesting aromas and flavors of tomato bisque with creme fraiche and fried sage, chocolate craisins, seared kobe beef teriyaki, and cherry hibiscus mint tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long finish with impressions of chocolate mint cookie, sarsaparilla, and sautéed shiitakes with cocktail bitters finish. A unique and somewhat Promethean flavor ride, jump on board.
Colorado Honey Wines  Romantic Traveler
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Copper garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries and cherries, spiced nuts, cocktail bitters, and sassafras with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp finish revealing notes of cherry cola, sarsaparilla, cinchona, and pine cone finish. A soft and spicy mead that drinks a bit like sangria.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages 2018 04 Mead
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity, spicy, artificial aromas and flavors of baked peach, orange blossoms, ginger ale, and wintergreen with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish imparting nuances of spiced apple and pear, quince, floral honey on plantain, and lemon curd finish. A pure and flavorful, aperitif-style mead with a nice balance of delicate orange and traditional mead flavors.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery NV Wildberry Nectar Mead
91 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aroma and flavors of bing cherry with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of cola, black tea with cream, mint, and cacao nib finish. A pinot noir lover’s mead with elegant cherry notes, memorable texture, and delicate earthiness.
91 points $16.95 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Mabon Mead
91 points
$19.05
Straw green color. Exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of curry leaf and ginger root, peanut sauce, and green peppercorn and tea leaves with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish with accents of cardamom condiment, roasted pumpkin seeds, and ginger spiced yams finish. A successful marriage of mead and Asian spices, you’ll want to be at the wedding banquet.
91 points $19.05
Sky River Meadery NV Solas Mead
91 points
$26
Yellow straw color. Fruity, attractive, tropical, confected aromas and flavors of coconut papaya compote, frosted pineapple cake, and candied cherries with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and an even, subtle, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of coconut milk, rum raisin cake, and nougat finish. A delicious and fun off-dry mead that is sure to please.
Easley  Regel Tej Mead
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of lanolin, raw coconut, roasted plantain, dried thyme, and petrol with a soft, bright, off-dry light body and a seamless, relaxed coconut water, peppercorns, and poached peach finish. A smooth and delicate Tej brimming with coconut notes.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Sweet Mead
89 points
$25
Bright gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of egg custard tart, apple yogurt with granola, tropical fruit tart, and carnation with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish evoking notes of roobois tea finish. A well-rounded mead with juicy fruit flavors and lip smacking acidity.
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery NV Prairie Passion Wildflower Mead
88 points
$18.95
Golden straw color. Fresh, floral aromas of buttery pasty, ripe berries, lavender, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and an interesting, medium-length fine herbs, yellow rose, and sea salt finish. A juicy, fruity mead stitched together with a bright floral thread.
88 points $18.95
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
88 points
$19.05
Silvery straw color. Floral aromas of lychee, honeydew melon, honeysuckle, quince, magnolia, and warm milk and honey with a silky, vibrant, dry light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length white pepper and grape leaves finish. A stylish, dry and wine-like mead akin to a gewurztraminer.
88 points $19.05
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery  Halcyon Mead
88 points
$19.95
Siam color. Fruity aromas of crushed ripe raspberry, cranberry, fresh crumpet, and tomato leaf with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and a seamless, medium-length blackberry, anise, and black tea finish. Vibrant notes of ripe berries shine through this juicy melomel.
88 points $19.95
Martin Brothers  Lucerne Blossom Mead
88 points
$26
Bright gold color. Complex aromas and flavors of bbq potato chips and cajun fries, spiced pears and plums, mesquite honeycomb, and grilled tropical fruit with brown butter with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with suggestions of grilled apples with pink pepper, spiced peach and cherry coulis, and smoked paprika finish. A very tasty, fruity, and slightly smoky mead with a lot of character and pairing possibilities, especially for the holidays.
Martin Brothers  Orange Blossom Mead
87 points
$29
Bright light gold color. Aromas of beeswax, peppermint, button mushrooms, vanilla bean, and toast with a velvety, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length savory chipotle and cream finish. A rich, traditional mead that will play well at the table.
Oran Mor  Odins Eye Bourbon Barrel-Aged Reserve Mead
87 points
$32
Golden yellow color. Nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, toasty coconut cream pie, hint of latte in a pewter mug, and toasted oak with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with accents of mint whipped cream, spiced starfruit, pink pepper, and brandy finish. A stately, yet supple barrel aged mead with silky, well-integrated flavors.
Black Willow Winery  Odins Nectar
86 points
$18.95
Light gold color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of poached apricot, green mint and alfalfa, dark roasted cashew, and vinyl with a silky, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of fresh apple sauce, quince, clementine and kiwi skin, and raspberry seed finish. A crisp and refreshing mead that drinks a bit like a sauvignon blanc.
86 points $18.95
Sky River Meadery NV Hopped Mead
86 points
$19
Golden straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, peppery jelly, sweet pickle relish, and rain water barrel with a supple, bright, off-dry light body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of spiced pears in sweet cream, peppered nuts, and bit of wheatgrass finish. A nicely articulated mead with fresh flavors and snappy acidity.
Oran Mor  Pookas Ride Rainier Cherry Mead
86 points
$28
Minutely hazy topaz color. Interesting aromas and flavors of new leather stool, smoked potatoes and nuts, spiced grilled oranges, and shoe polish with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish evoking nuances of green apple skin, grilled blood orange, and leather book finish. An interesting, lightly orangey mead that drinks a bit like a sangria.
Oran Mor  Aine Mead
86 points
$34
Golden straw color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of saddle soap and mink oil, old leather boots on a haystack, pureed sweet potatoes, and raisin bread pudding with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long finish that shows notes of orange blossom honeycomb, cashew milk, sultanas and figs, and delicate spiced yams finish. A remarkably earthy and multidimensional mead for the mead connoisseur and a good cigar.
Oliver  New World Camelot Mead
85 points
$10
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach skin, creamed honey, lemon pepper, and waxed wood with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish conveying nuances of white grape finish. A fruity and nicely balanced, pinot grigio-like mead for aperitifs.
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Currant-Lee Mead
85 points
$15
Light siam color. Creamy aromas and flavors of orange dreamsicle stick, spiced currants and cranberries, playdoh, and vanilla fudge with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a delightful, easy finish revealing impressions of bruised fruit, wet leaf in a yard bag, peppered jicama, and hint of glued wood finish. A soft and delicate, earthy mead for the table.
Black Willow Winery  Valkyries Lure
85 points
$18.95
Gold color. Confected aroma of banana taffy with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, crisp chocolate dipped marshmallow, starfruit, and grass finish. A very fruity, candied mead that will be fun in cocktails.
85 points $18.95
Oran Mor  Sol Mead
85 points
$28
Straw green color. Exotic, tropical, interesting aromas of waxy honeycomb, green bamboo, galangal and sweet potato, and wintergreen with a prickly, petillant, medium body and a quirky, medium-length saddle soaped leather, citrus rind and powder, spiced pineapple, and jicama and matcha finish. A curious mead with a rustic edge, try in cocktails.
Martin Brothers  Blueberry Blossom Mead
85 points
$32
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, melted honey comb, poached quince, and straw with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with notes of green apple mint jelly, peach and blueberry granita, and almond skin finish. A round, earthy, and warming mead that will pair nicely with artisanal cheeses.
Black Willow Winery  Freyjas Passion
84 points
$18.95
Bright gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of cherry custard danish, white grape, white chocolate fudge, and red kool-aid pouch with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy finish displaying notes of creme Anglaise, caramel apple with nuts, vanilla sundae with cherries, and wet grass finish. A lightly sweet, easy drinking mead that tastes a bit like a Shirley Temple.
84 points $18.95
Meadow Vista  Rubus Mead
81 points
$19.95
Burnt sienna color. Fruity, minerally aromas of blackberry jam and seltzer with an spritzy, dryish watery body and a charming, medium-length craisin, marinated beet, blackberry skin and seed, and Alka seltzer finish. Natural wine lovers and sour-heads should try this somewhat austere mead that will shine at the table; for cocktails, try using swapping this mead in for vermouth.
81 points $19.95
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Dry Mead
81 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas of vanilla bon bon, banana split with pineapple topping, and dates with a supple, bright, bone-dry thin body and a graceful, short chrysanthemum tea, water chestnuts, and straw finish. A breezy mead with a snappy finish.
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