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November 2020 - World Mead Challenge

November 2020 - World Mead Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Mead Challenge Wines

World Mead Challenge Reviews

Martin Brothers  Lucerne Blossom Mead
93 points
$27
Brilliant yellow color. Aromas of Botan rice candy, peach gummies, hints of anise, and spearmint with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long nougat, orange marmalade and honey on toast, and tonka bean finish. An elegant, appealing Mead for the connoisseur’s table.
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Mead
92 points
$26
Yellow color. Aromas of dried rose, hibiscus, coconut, celery seed, lilac, and croissant with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, intricate, medium-long beeswax, hints of anise, and dried banana finish. A complex, character-rich Mead that embraces its wild nature.
Stolen Harvest  Saskatoon Honey Wine
92 points
$32
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of ripe cherry, red cassis, hints of milk chocolate, and buttery pound cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length violet and pepper finish. An exuberant, Beaujolais-like Melomel to pair with meats and cheeses.
Bee d’Vine NV Brut X Honey Wine
92 points
$77
Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of sage, dried pineapple, ripe peach, chestnut honey, and petrol with a silky, bright, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of beeswax and carnation. A balanced, vinous and food-friendly Mead with wide appeal.
Martin Brothers  Dry Wildflower Mead
91 points
$25
Light gold color. Aromas of orange blossom, saffron, toasted almonds, whipped cream, and tangerine with a velvety, soft, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length farmers cheese and dried apricot finish. A rich, undulating Mead best for the winter table.
Martin Brothers  Orange Blossom Mead
91 points
$30
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of orange zest, triple sec, gooseberry, and pink grapefruit with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, brisk honeycomb on toast finish. A hugely fragrant Mead with similarities to Sauvignon Blanc’s aromatics, with a velvety, nectar-like palate that will elevate the meal.
Stolen Harvest 2020 Bochet Honey Wine
91 points
$30
Dark amber color. Inviting aromas of broiled apricot, fig, flan, banana custard, raisins, and flowers with a round, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, long creme anglaise, candied ginger, lemon zest, and soy glazed nuts finish. A decadent and lengthy Mead that offers an indulgent experience.
Monks Meadery  Stigmata
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry preserves, delicate honey on crumpets, and raisins with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish. A delightful Mead with joyful, fruity flavors and a dry refreshing palate; a lovely toaster for the holidays and other celebrations.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Stolen Harvest 2020 Coffee Bochet Honey Wine
90 points
$30
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cafe latte, whipped honey, hints of candied orange, and hazelnut with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of canele and candied lemon. A very well-executed coffee flavored Mead with caramelly undertones and great balance; a lovely closer to the meal.
Bee d’Vine  Dolce X Dessert Honey Wine
90 points
$65
Yellow straw color. Aromas of golden raspberries drizzled with honey, orgeat, clover, tonka bean, mint, and beeswax with a round, crisp, off-dry light body and an effortless, medium-length candied lemon, sweet ginger, peaches in cream, and chamomile tea finish. A fruity, effortlessly quaffable Mead.
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Blueberry Haskap Mead
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon cooler, raspberry, and graphite with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk finish revealing notes of strawberry sorbet finish. A fruity, spritzy Melomel.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages 2020 Pink-Potion #9 3/4 Mead Willmington
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale coral salmon color. Aromas of lemon sorbet, crushed raspberries, wild strawberries, and lavender with a crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, easy ginger finish. Light and fragrant Mead with delicate flavors and easy drinking style.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Pictish Beast Braggot Mead
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel yogurt, onion bun, lager, dark roasted nuts, and honeyed cream cheese pastry with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-length finish. An interesting Braggot that neatly toes the line between a roasty Dunkel and a lighthearted Mead.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Monks Meadery  Peachin To the Choir
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of summer peaches with wildflower honey, clover, cantaloupe, and golden raspberry with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length fuzzy peach skins, blood orange, chamomile, and apricot blossom finish. A delicate and charming Hydromel with a sophisticated accessibility.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Monks Meadery  Dragons Nectar
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Hazy bright coral color. Aromas of raspberry smoothie, strawberry-lemon sorbet, and cherry tomatoes with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length watermelon granita, peach topping, and white pepper finish. A solid fruity spritzer with wide appeal beyond Mead lovers.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages 2020 Red-Cowabunga Mead Willmington
87 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of blood orange, sweet almond, cherries, baklava, and apple pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish. An easy-drinking Mead with good sessionability.
87 points $12.50 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages 2020 Glogg-Toberfest Mead Willmington
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon stick, eucalyptus, spiced orange tea, dried rose, and clove with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, charming, medium-length finish. A citrusy, spicy Mead for the winter months.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Rubus Blackberry Mead
87 points
$17
Reddish amber color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry rhubarb compote, rose hip jam, ripe watermelon, and sangria with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a medium finish with accents of blackberry and hints of banana finish. A fruity, juicy Mead that brings loads of fun.
Meadow Vista  Mabon Spiced Mead
86 points
$17
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, hints of juniper, lavender, and honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of orange marmalade. An easy-drinking spiced Mead that will appeal to Gin lovers.
Monks Meadery  Butter Buzz
85 points
$9
Yellow straw color. Aromas of cinnamon rolls, spiced kombucha, pumpkin loaf, and cumin with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, agreeable holiday spice cookies, honey nougat, and walnut pastries finish. A festive, spiced Mead for holiday celebrations.
Monks Meadery  Abstinence in the Abbey
85 points
$12
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate soft serve, buttercream, caramel-covered pretzels, and black tea with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish. A rich, ice cream shop of a Mead with creamy flavors and refreshing bubbles.
Chaucer’s  Sparkling Mead
82 points
$5
Straw green color. Aromas of lemon-lime soda, struck match, mushrooms, quince, and pickled ginger with a silky, lively, fruity light body and a silky, brisk fruit cocktail finish. A light and fruity tipple for beachside sipping.
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
82 points
$17
Silver color. Aromas and flavors of banana peel, pickled daikon, apple core, yogurt, and guanabana with a supple, flat, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, swift finish with impressions of pear butter. A funky Mead to serve ice cold.
Monks Meadery  Wildflower
81 points
$12
Gold color. Aromas of Frosted Flakes, parmesan rind, maple, nuts, and fruit salad with a supple, flat, off-dry medium body and a tingling, unique, short apple pomace and popcorn finish. A funky ferment for the adventurous Mead fan.
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