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January 2017 - World Mead Challenge

January 2017 - World Mead Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Mead Challenge Wines

World Mead Challenge Reviews

Honeywood  White Clover Mead
94 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, dried apricot, and golden raisin -gooseberry chutney with a velvety, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long honeyed spiced apple and orange and creme brulee finish. A satiny, elegant dessert style mead that drinks like a Beerenauslese.
94 points $12 Best Buy
Honey Grail  Boudicas Uprising Sparkling Mead
93 points
$4.69
Best Buy
Minutely hazy straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of wintermint, almond-anise cookie, bubblegum dust, and edible flowers with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long cream soda, orange chiffon, and chalk finish. A crisp, sparkling mead with a snappy finish.
93 points $4.69 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  Black Madonna Draft Style Mead
93 points
$7
Best Buy
Pale salmon orange color. Savory aromas and flavors of blackberry vinaigrette on mesclun, reduced lime, and delicate herbs with a supple, racy, petillant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an effortless, spiced melon and citrus, mint leaf, and earth finish. A flavor and balanced sour mead with a mouthwatering appeal.
93 points $7 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  XR Cyser Draft Style Mead
93 points
$7
Best Buy
Brilliant bright gold color. Spicy aromas and flavors of apple tart and parchment baked lemon with a supple, tangy, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a captivating, long lime curd, sweet spiced mango, and chalk finish. A fun, spicy apple pie like mead that eschews cloying sweetness for vibrant acidity and light carbonation.
93 points $7 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  Evil Twins Draft Style Mead
93 points
$7
Best Buy
Pale sunburst amber color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of ginger beer and sour cherry preserves with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long green apples, spiced nuts, fresh ginger, and pepper finish. A fun fruity, gingery spiced mead with great flavor and balance.
93 points $7 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  Star Thistle Mead
93 points
$11
Best Buy
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.
93 points $11 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  Wild Ginger Draft Style Mead
92 points
$7
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of fresh ginger and nuts with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length honeyed lemon, hint of chili pepper, and spiced apple finish. A deliciously spicy ginger and very drinkable ginger flavored sparkling mead.
92 points $7 Best Buy
Black Willow Winery  Odins Nectar
92 points
$17.95
Best Buy
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of suede, dried fruits, caramelized nuts, and hint of soy with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long wheat grass, minted apples and nectarine, and pepper finish. A very expressive dessert-style mead that drinks a bit like a Sherry.
92 points $17.95 Best Buy
St. Ambrose 2014 Oak Barrel Reserve Mead
92 points
$24
Brilliant straw green color. Complex, woody aromas and flavors of thistle, grain husk, toasted herbs, and Asian spices with a supple, lively, dryish body and an interesting, medium-length mango tea, roasted chestnuts, cedar, and beach grass finish. A nice barrel influence mead.
Valley Vineyards  Honey Mead
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honey baked apple and pear tart and spiced melon with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spicy peach nectar, sultana, and nuts finish. A delicious dessert mead with great fruitiness and acidity reminiscent of a late harvest dessert wine.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  Cherry Amore Mead
91 points
$16
Best Buy
Dark salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of dried sour cherry and cranberry and chestnut honey with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, medium-long honeyed zucchini bread and delicate anise finish. A delicious and pure cherry flavored mead that is sure to please.
91 points $16 Best Buy
St. Ambrose NV Royal Reserve Mead
91 points
$23
Brilliant golden yellow color. Roasted, woody aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, toasted oak, and dried stone fruits with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long spiced apples and peaches and honeycomb finish. A rich, inviting dessert mead with a great combination of honey and oak tones.
Bee d’Vine NV Brut Mead
91 points
$24
Pale yellow straw color. Elegant, fruity aromas and flavors of Asian pear, mint and flower patch earth, honeycomb, and pollen and rose hip with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, long spiced melon, starfruit and kiwi and guanabana and coconut milk finish. A delicious and elegantly styled mead.
Bee d’Vine 2015 Demi Sec Mead
91 points
$24
Dusty yellow straw color. Aromas of wintermint, pine blossom, granola, and tea and tobacco leaves with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length coconut water, starfruit and jicama, and lemon honey tea finish. A very interesting honeyed tea like mead that drinks like a fine riesling.
Meridian Hive 2014 "Bounty" Mead
91 points
$35
Bright light amber color. Umami aromas and flavors of soy marinated mushrooms, suede, clay and crayon, and fig paste with a round, soft, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, long fleur de sel, reduced nectarines, peppery spices, and roasted almonds finish. A rich, warming barrel-aged mead that drinks like a Palo Cortado Sherry.
KingView  "Trocken" Dry Mead
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Earthy aromas and flavors of honeyed herb muffin, dried citrus, honey powder, and grape scented candle wax with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, engaging, medium-long honeyed green apple and citrus, wintergreen, and coconut water finish. A lively and tasty fruity mead with great flavor and versatility.
90 points $12 Best Buy
KingView  Triple Beere
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Fruity, spicy, floral aromas and flavors of spiced raspberries, floral blueberry honey, and baklava with a supple, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length blackberries, nutskin, pickled melon rind, and blood orange finish. A very pure and appetizing berry-flavored mead.
90 points $15 Best Buy
KingView 2016 Blue & Gold Mead
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries and yams with a supple, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, buoyant cranberry relish, honeyed blueberries, and nutskin finish. A very tasty blueberry flavored mead.
89 points $14 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  Tupelo Ambrosia Mead
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Sweet, smoky, interesting aromas of incense, toasted mint, grilled Asian pear, and turmeric tea with a supple, bright, petillant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, spiced mango and apple, limestone and chalk, and hint of pepper finish. An intriguing mead with scintillating, evolving flavors and lots of minerality.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Cardinal Hollow Winery  Whiskey Mead Pennsylvania
89 points
$23.58
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled bread, olives and edamame, dark roasted nuts, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length caramelized apples and oranges finish. A nice savory mead with a fruity undercurrent.
89 points $23.58
Cardinal Hollow Winery  Raspberry Mead Pennsylvania
89 points
$23.58
Light burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries and berries, conditioned leather, and sautéed nuts with a supple, tangy, off-dry body and a tingling, intriguing, buoyant raspberry preserves and honeyed nuts finish. An intriguing fruity mead with nice dry Sherry-like notes.
89 points $23.58
KingView  Doppel Schwarz
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie and soda with an tart, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, crisp blackberries and Asian pear and honeyed mint tea finish. A very vinous, precisely balanced berry flavored mead.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Bargetto NV Chaucers Raspberry Mead California
88 points
$17
Brilliant reddish amber color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of wild raspberries, herbal honey, and dough with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a graceful, captivating, breezy raspberry jelly and nuts finish. A bright, fruity, earthy raspberry flavored mead.
Black Willow Winery  Valkyries Lure
88 points
$18.95
Old gold color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy pear custard tart and circus peanut with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a polished, amusing, medium-length honeyed banana flan finish. A fun, creamy, fruity mead with attractive pear and banana flavors.
88 points $18.95
Meridian Hive  "Rhapsody" Mead
87 points
$5
Best Buy
Brilliant ruby color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed mulberries and blackberry seltzer with a soft, tangy, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed apple and mint finish. A tasty lively, lightly sparkling with nice, tangy berry flavor.
87 points $5 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  John Lemon Draft Style Mead
87 points
$7
Best Buy
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of Italian lemon juice, nuts, and grilled lemon and oregano with a supple, tart, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length green apple skin finish. A fun, artisanal lemonade like mead.
87 points $7 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  Rosé Ambrosia Mead
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Brilliant light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of honey baked cherries, hint of cherry gum and gelatin, and rhubarb pie with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, easy toasted nuts and apple finish. A pleasant vinous mead that will pair nicely; try in sangria.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Black Willow Winery  Freyjas Passion
87 points
$18.95
Dusty bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of cotton candy, red cream soda, and banana-strawberry yogurt with a soft, tangy, off-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, breezy pancakes with syrup and jicama finish. A pleasant breakfast style mead.
87 points $18.95
Honeywood  Blackberry Mead
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Coral orange pink color. Earthy, musty aromas of wet grass and straw and nutshell with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy honeyed berries and cherries, watermelon sorbet, and nutskin finish. A sweet fruity dessert mead.
86 points $12 Best Buy
KingView 2016 Golden Moscato Mead
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttered toast with light grape jam, toasted nuts, and vanilla creme wafer cookie with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, carefree honeyed nectarine finish. A nice toasty, easy drinking mead.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Chaucer’s NV Mead
86 points
$16
Golden straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of grassy mushroomy earth and roasted chestnuts with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length honeyed tangerine and peach, apple sauce, and straw finish. A very crisp, fruity mead with nice flavor intensity and a touch of earthiness.
Cardinal Hollow Winery  Queens Delight Pennsylvania
86 points
$23.58
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of rye whisky barrel, dried stone fruit, peppery spice, and vanilla bean with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, brisk ginger snaps, spiced baked apples and yams, and creme brulee finish. A crisp, peppery, lightly spicy after dinner mead.
86 points $23.58
KingView  Key Lime Mead
85 points
$12
Bright golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fresh crusty key lime pie, custard, and delicate spice with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk lime and ginger seltzer and sweet potato finish. A fun, light and fruity mead that nails the graham crust flavor of a Key lime pie.
Time Traveler  Tej
85 points
$14
Dull gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of mink oil conditioned leather, haystack, clay, and roasted chestnuts and mushrooms with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length nougat, apples and figs in cream, sherry, and logs finish. An interesting manzanilla Sherry like mead.
Meridian Hive  "Discovery" Mead
84 points
$4
Best Buy
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.
84 points $4 Best Buy
Meridian Hive  "Haven" Mead
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Hazy yellow straw color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of peach pastry dough, honey roasted nuts, and ginger mint with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length jicama and peppery spices finish. A crisp, spicy, pastry like draft mead.
84 points $5 Best Buy
St. Ambrose  Razz Draft Style Mead
84 points
$7
Pale salmon orange color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of raspberries, nougat, and paper mache with a supple, tangy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, snappy berry sorbet, honeyed apple and nuts, and raspberry lozenge finish. A pleasant raspberry mead.
KingView  "SUB" Sweet Mead
84 points
$12
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Minty, yeasty, oily aromas and flavors of wintergreen lozenge, anise cookie dough, and walnut-hazelnut oil with a lightly tannic, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, amusing, snappy honeyed orange, apple sauce, and nutskin and ground nuts finish. A sturdy, lightly tannic mead for the table.
KingView 2016 Purple & Gold Mead
84 points
$15
Minutely hazy yellow straw color. Herbal, perfumed aromas of dried lavender and lemon and honeyed tea with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and an even, appealing, long peach nectar, lemon sorbet and verbena, and potpourri finish. A pungent floral and herbal mead for small sips.
Honey I Have Meads 2010
84 points
$30
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked spiced peaches, dried mango and plantain, and a hint of geranium with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, swift clementine and rhubarb, lime zest, and grass finish. A firm and austere dry mead.
St. Ambrose  Razzmatazz Mead
81 points
$16
Ruby color. Odd, off-putting aromas of berry bush, charred nuts, matchstick, and fried rice with a lean, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, instant wild raspberries and mulberries and straw and grass finish. A smoky, earthy, berry-flavored mead for cheese.
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