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Honey I Have Meads

Honey I Have Meads
2010 Hydromel Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 8%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$30

Honey I Have Meads
2010 Hydromel Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 8%
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 finish revealing impressions of starfruit, kiwi skin, and orange blossom water finish. A crisp, refreshing Vinho Verde like mead.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: ripe Saturn peach, apple blossoms, spiced pear, and white balsamic on melon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of starfruit, kiwi skin, and orange blossom water
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Thai Green Papaya Salad, Hearts of Palm Salad, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp, refreshing Vinho Verde like mead.

The Producer

Birds & Bees Organic Winery and Meadery

The Producer
Box 110
Brosseau, AB T0B 0P0
Canada
1 780-657-2275

Their Portfolio

84 Honey I Have Meads 2010 11.5% (Canada) $30.00.
85 Honey I Have Meads 2010 Hydromel Mead 11.5% (Canada) $30.00.

Traditional Mead

Traditional meads should incorporate only honey as a fermentable ingredient, along with water and of course yeast. They can range in character from dry to semi-sweet to sweet, and may be sparkling or still. While not necessarily “traditional”, they may also be fortified and/or barrel-aged. Whether the honey used is a single varietal or a mixture, it is important for a successful traditional mead to evidence the floral nature of the honey; indeed, it should be the defining characteristic. Some acidity is often desired to balance sweetness, but this is not necessary. Lighter versions may be analogous to white wines of corresponding sweetness/dryness, but should present distinctly honeyed emphasis.