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Meridian Hive

Meridian Hive
"Discovery" Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.5% RS: 4%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$4
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Meridian Hive
"Discovery" Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.5% RS: 4%
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, floral, yeasty aromas and flavors of meringue, spiced starfruit and Asian pear, paper mache, and pressed flowers with a supple, bright, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, crisp honeyed kiwi, apple and clementine, hint of wintergreen and fennel, and seltzer water finish. A lively, fruity, lightly sparkling mead that is a pleasure to drink.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: meringue, spiced starfruit and Asian pear, paper mache, and pressed flowers
Taste Flavor: honeyed kiwi, apple and clementine, hint of wintergreen and fennel, and seltzer water
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Fried Oysters, Fried Smelts, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lively, fruity, lightly sparkling mead that is a pleasure to drink.

The Producer

Meridian Hive Meadery

The Producer
8120 Exchange Dr, Ste 400
Austin, TX 78754
USA
1 512-417-3769

Their Portfolio

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.