July 2022 - Mead

July 2022 - Mead
This month's Wine feature is Mead Wines

Mead Reviews

Philip Mead  Traditional Sweet Mead
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of ricola lemon and honey cough drops, mint and savory garden herbs, and grilled orange with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a long finish with notes of fresh aloe, agave, green green, honey roasted nuts, and fresh orange juice. The orange and Eucalyptus honeys combine to create an entirely delightful experience that is floral, fruity, and fantastic.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Philip Mead  Oak Aged Sweet Mead
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied orange, morning dew on a grove of wild flowers, baking spice and graham cracker, and lemon pledge with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a long finish displaying notes of mint and eucalyptus oil, orange syrup, and cloud berries, charred oak, and cranberry orange. A complex sipper to keeping you coming back for new flavors and aromas.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Ostara Dessert Mead
92 points
$22
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey glazed grilled grape, apple sauce, nutmeg and cinnamon, and geranium with a full body and a long finish displaying notes of agave syrup flambéed fruit cocktail, lychee, and elderflower and jasmine. With notes of sweet white flowers and grape must, this Pyment would pair well with a charcuterie board.
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Honey Mead
92 points
$27
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of wilting marigolds, rose water, japanese sweet potato, carnation, and magnolia with a full body and a long finish with notes of honeysuckle, sage, poached pear, and overripe carnation. A powerful and strong mead with tremendous floral notes; enjoy with maple glazed ham.
Martin Brothers  Orange Blossom Mead
89 points
$30
Emerald straw color. Aromas of dried orange peel, dried mango, and tangerine with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long pickled orange, mango and grilled pineapple, clove and mace, and unsweetened orange crush finish. A bright and citrusy mead that enervates and delights.
Chaucer’s  Pomegranate Mead
88 points
$16
Coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry cough syrup, perfume, orange, mint, beeswax, lemongrass, sage and garden herb, and sweet potato and thai basil with a round, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, intricate, medium-length finish with notes of macerated herbs, bramble berry, roasted carrots, and mixed italian seasoning. An interesting savory undertone adds depth to this Melomel.
Philip Mead  Red Fruits Mead
88 points
$16
Reddish orange color. Aromas and flavors of freshly opened package of haribo gummi bears, tropical fruit salad, sweet tobacco hookah smoke, and red jell-o powder with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with shades of all the gummi bear flavors, goji berry, blueberry juice, and watermelon and rose water. This mead walks the line between being fruity and floral very well.
Stolen Harvest  Berries Borealis Melomel Mead
88 points
$38
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of tart and ripe red cherries and grilled watermelon, wet forest floor and chantrelle mushroom, grape jolly rancher, and ginger with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of brown butter with a sprig of rosemary and stewed purple fruits. A complex and complicated Melomel that challenges with smoky accents.
Meadow Vista  Pictish Beast Braggot Mead
87 points
$7
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried sweet grass and cannabis, wheatgrass, lemon grass, orange peel, ramps, pine resin, and green strawberries with a medium body and a medium finish evoking notes of dried sage, sweet bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts. A fizzy, fun, sweet and herbal mead.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Apple Cyser Mead
87 points
$11
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of pacific northwest hops, wildflowers, pine resin, and apple cider vinegar with a medium body and a medium finish revealing notes of wildflower honey on baked brie with macerated blueberries and apricot jam and lime peel. Jazzy and fun,a really enjoyable bright floral character with lime-like acidity.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Stolen Harvest  Birch Hills Traditional Mead
87 points
$30
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nectarine, honey roasted cashews, musk and mulberry, and saffron with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of honey roasted mixed nuts, brown sugar flambéed apricot, and white grape. Decadent without being cloying, a layered and thoughtful sipper.
Stolen Harvest  Sable Grape Rosé Pyment Mead
87 points
$32
Tomato bisque color. Aromas and flavors of sun tan lotion and vinyl, grape must, green tea with flowers, and blue cheese with a medium body and a medium finish with notes of geranium tea, raisin, cedar plant, dried rose, and red wine vinegar. An interesting Pyment that might challenge your conceptions of what wine or mead should be.
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
86 points
$16
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of pickled plum, macerated white flowers, clover, blueberry jam, and apple sauce with a satiny, dry medium body and a medium finish displaying shades of umami, parmesan-regiano rind, baklava, and rose stem. A finely balanced drinking mead that restrains the sugar to focus on the floral and intense character of the honey from which it came.
Philip Mead  Double Oak Dry Mead
85 points
$16
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of grilled orange slice, lemon cake and plantain, maple cream, and banana with a round, dryish medium body and a complex, medium-long finish displaying nuances of orange and strawberry mamba candies, linseed, and apricot tea. A smoky, vanilla tinged mead that could convert drinkers of dry Chenin Blanc and Riesling.
Martin Brothers  Dry Wildflower Honey Mead
85 points
$25
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, jasmine tea, tulip bulbs, walnuts, and popcorn seed with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a medium finish that presents accents of yellow daffodil, dried apple and lemon tea, buttered popcorn, vanilla, and jasmine rice. Floral and tasty.
Martin Brothers  High Oak Orange Blossom Mead
85 points
$32
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peanut brittle, over ripe and sweetened flowers, saffron rice, and buttered popcorn with a medium body and a medium orange halls cough drops, wool, popcorn, and dried apricot finish. A mead with orange notes that would pair well with chocolate fondue for an afternoon of apres-ski.
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