Full Review

Honeywood

Honeywood
Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 4%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12
Best Buy

Honeywood
Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 4%
Dull straw color. Tropical, interesting aromas of papaya and lychee, honey roasted grapes, sweet pepper-olive relish, and honeyed Greek yogurt with a full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long ginep, golden raisin compote, and lime marmalade finish. An intriguing dessert mead that drinks a lot like a fine beerenauslese.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: papaya and lychee, honey roasted grapes, sweet pepper-olive relish, and honeyed Greek yogurt
Taste Flavor: ginep, golden raisin compote, and lime marmalade
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An intriguing dessert mead that drinks a lot like a fine beerenauslese.

The Producer

Honeywood Winery

The Producer
1350 Hines St SE
Salem, OR 97302
USA
1 503-362-4111

Their Portfolio

95 Honeywood NV White Clover Honey Mead 11% (USA) $12.00.
87 Honeywood NV Blackberry Mead 11% (USA) $12.00.
94 Honeywood White Clover Mead 11% (USA) $12.00.
86 Honeywood Blackberry Mead 11% (USA) $12.00.
88 Honeywood Blackberry Mead 11% (USA) $12.00.
93 Honeywood Mead 11% (USA) $12.00.

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.