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St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose
Star Thistle Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Fish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 8%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$11
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St. Ambrose
Star Thistle Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Fish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 8%
Brilliant yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of green tree bark and resin, lemon pith and seeds, rose hips, and toasty bbq woods with a soft, tangy, petillant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy honeyed lime and pear, leaves and thistles, and peppercorn finish. A somewhat woody mead for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: green tree bark and resin, lemon pith and seeds, rose hips, and toasty bbq woods
Taste Flavor: honeyed lime and pear, leaves and thistles, and peppercorn
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Grilled Tuna Steaks Au Poivre, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A somewhat woody mead for the table.

The Producer

St. Ambrose Cellars & Meadery

The Producer
971 S Pioneer Rd
Beulah, MI 49617
USA
1 231-882-4456

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.