Full Review

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads
2017 321 Dry Traditional Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: 1.014%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$13.99
Best Buy

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads
2017 321 Dry Traditional Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: 1.014%
Bright straw green color. Green, earthy aromas and flavors of pickled fruit, flower vase, green nettles and stems, and chocolate carrot muffin with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, intricate, long caramelized apples and pears, herb roasted almonds, spicy rum cake, and peppercorns finish. A complex, earthy mead with interesting range of vibrant flavors; will be a great cocktail ingredient as a substitute for white vermouth.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Savory, Spicy & Complex & Funky
Aroma Aroma: pickled fruit, flower vase, green nettles and stems, and chocolate carrot muffin
Taste Flavor: caramelized apples and pears, herb roasted almonds, spicy rum cake, and peppercorns
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Sweet And Sour Chicken, Thai Green Papaya Salad, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex, earthy mead with interesting range of vibrant flavors; will be a great cocktail ingredient as a substitute for white vermouth.

The Producer

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads

The Producer
East Moline, IL
USA
1 309-269-2623

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.