Full Review

Black Willow Winery

Black Willow Winery
Odin’s Nectar

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Pork Vegetables

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 3%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18.95

Black Willow Winery
Odin’s Nectar

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Pork Vegetables

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 3%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: poached apricot, green mint and alfalfa, dark roasted cashew, and vinyl
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of fresh apple sauce, quince, clementine and kiwi skin, and raspberry seed
Sweetness Sweetness: Off-Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Satay, Ham Quiche, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp and refreshing mead that drinks a bit like a sauvignon blanc.

The Producer

Black Willow Winery

The Producer
5565 W Lake Rd
Burt, NY 14028
USA
1 716-439-1982

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.