- My Rating: B-
Cranberry-Red Currant Mead – Middle Mountain Meadery, 12% ABV – 750ml., (Hornby Island, BC, Canada)
from the Middle Mountain Mead website:
“Smooth, dry and full of flavour…. It has been the summer drink of choice and is wonderful served over ice with a splash of soda.”
- Style: (cranberry, red currant) Flavoured Mead
- Taste: fruity dense sugar -> alcohol/tart/cranberry/apple -> red currant/tart/off-dry finish.
- Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
- How much: ~$23 (after 10% off) – 750ml., sometime in 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: just try it once
Visual: Synthetic cork sealed and shrink aluminum wrapped. Pours pale pink-orange, clear as water, with a few countable bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass. Quite a unique colour.
Nose: acidic fruity red-berry mixed with very easily detectable alcohol. The alcohol aroma almost overpowers the flavour notes. (8/10)-pungency
Attack: incoming cranberry fruitiness, dense sugar/alcoholic bitterness
Mid-palate: (7)-tart texture, (4)-sweetness, (6)-tanginess, (MAIN) cranberry, apple (HINT) honey.
Finish: red currant-flavoured nasal exhale, off-dry tart, mildly spiced finish.
Summary: Flavours are rather light on the palate, while the textures play more of prominent role. Very fruit-forward, a good amount of residual sugar, but the alcohol is a little too detectable.