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December 2019 - World Mead Challenge

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

World Mead Challenge Reviews

Martin Brothers  Lucerne Blossom Mead
91 points
Golden yellow color. Floral aromas and flavors of prairie grasses, spearmint, lily, hazelnut liqueur, and lanolin with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with accents of tangerine and melon finish. Mead as mead should be, sweet floral notes blend elegantly with a wild and herbal underbelly.
Martin Brothers  Orange Blossom Mead
87 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of cherry stone, sweet almond, beeswax, steamed rice, and hickory smoke with a round, crisp, off-dry light body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish manifesting accents of pez candies and white pepper on roasted nuts finish. Fruity and creamy with a hint of smoke, this mead offers a complex and intriguing dinner pairing.
Honeywood  Mead
86 points
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas of ginger shrub and pickling spices with a velvety, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length bread and butter pickles, mango-banana smoothie, and coconut finish. A fun mead with an interesting combination of tropical and spicy notes.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Honeywood  Blackberry Mead
86 points
Best Buy
Amber salmon color. Aromas of dill pickles, hibiscus, and cranberry sauce with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length bread and butter pickles and pineapple-mango smoothie finish. A juicy and tropical mead with a pop of pickle-y spice; good for fans of sweeter rose wines.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Honeywood  Honeysuckle Peach Mead
86 points
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Earthy aromas of dried apple and pear, tomato leaf, and spiced orange tea with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-length pineapple glaze, sour peach candies, and frosted flakes finish. A distinctive sweet-but-savory mead that will pair well with cheeses.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Martin Brothers  Blueberry Blossom Mead
85 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb, concord grape, candied apricot, and grapefruit cordial with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long finish that shows notes of peach lemonade with honey, ripe persimmon, and papaya finish. A fruity and well-structured mead with wide appeal.
Valkiria  Nature Sparkling Hydromel  Meal
84 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of soufflé, lanolin, orange blossom, and apricots in syrup with a vibrant, spritzy, dry light body and a tingling, easy lemon candies finish. A bright mead that will serve as a fun cocktail topper.
84 points $28.75
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Mead
82 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of golden apples, cantaloupe, toast, gastrique, and fruit cup with a satiny, vibrant, light body and a sleek, medium-length scorched linen and white stilton finish. Chardonnay-like flavors may pique the interest of wine lovers.
Valkiria 2017 Suave Hydromel Mead
81 points
Light gold color. Aromas of lemon tea, honeycomb, honeysuckle, eucalyptus, and apple with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk parchment and balsa wood finish. An easy-drinking quaffer to serve well-chilled.
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Dry Mead
80 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla candle, cinnamon potpourri, and caramel green apple with a soft, sharp, dryish watery body and a tingling, carefree finish imparting notes of seltzer and grain finish. A lean mead for the table.