Cranberry-Red Currant Mead – Middle Mountain Meadery (Hornby Island, BC, Canada)

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  • 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.

Lavender Cranberry Mead – Middle Mountain Meadery (Hornby Island, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Lavender Cranberry Mead – Middle Mountain Meadery, 12% ABV, 375ml, (Hornby Island, BC, Canada)

from the Middle Mountain Mead website:

“This is a special mead with a lovely lavender bouquet. Herbs play a strong role in this mead, giving it truly ethereal flavours. Try sipping this wine and let the magically relaxing effects of lavender take hold. It was voted one of the top 101 things to eat and Drink in the 2009 Vancouver Magazine edition.”

  • Style: (lavender-cranberry) flavoured Mead
  • Taste Profile: sweet/sour/supple -> apple cider vinegar/tart/cranberry/lavender -> alcohol warmth/spicy heat/sweet-tart finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $23 – 375ml, April 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: yes, just to try.

Visual: Pours a very light orange with a hint of purple. Miniscule sedimentation in the pour.

Nose: apple cider vinegar and cranberry on the nose. (6)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming sweet and acidic sourness, supple mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (MAIN) apple cider vinegar, (7)-sourness, (5)-tartness, (5)-sweetness (HINT) cranberry, lavender

Finish: light-medium alcohol warmth, medium-heat spicy, sweet-tart finish.

Summary:  Quite interesting and sippable at room. It’s got a nice balance of sweet-fruit-sour-tart-spice-alcohol in there. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Tugwell Creek Kickass Currant 2009 Mead (Canada)

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  • My Rating: C-

Kickass Currant 2009 Black Currant Melomel – Tugwell Creek Meadery, 12.0% ABV – 750ml, (Sooke, BC, Canada)

On the front label:

“A full bodied Black Currant honey wine with a robust fruity nature. Intense cassis and rich mouth appeal combine with a subtle honey background and a kiss of French Oak. Try pairing with your favourite red or cured meats or wild game.”

  • Style: (fruit) Mead
  • Taste Profile: tart/tangy/sour -> off-dry cassis/grape/tart/alcohol -> tart rough/alcoholic/dry finish
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$33, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to the curious: no

Tasting notes: Pours a clear dark reddish-purple. Lively cassis on the nose with all it’s tang and natural aroma.

Attack: super 10/10-tartness from the black currant, 7/10-tanginess

Mid-palate: 3/10-sweetness (off-dry), cassis, fruity red grape, lingering aggressive tartness, cuts dry, induced salivation, alcohol detection

Finish: tart roughness in the mouth, light alcoholic warmth, dry-rough mouthfeel finish.

This is definitely a wine that has to be paired with a meal – preferable with something meaty or saucy. I can’t say I love it but I do like cassis so hey I can’t hate it.

Rossignol Blackberry Mead 2008 (Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Blackberry Mead 2008 – Rossignol Winery, 11% ABV – 375ml, (Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Canada)

 

  • Style: (fruit) Mead
  • Taste Profile:  burst sweetness -> cassis/blackberry/jammy clover honey -> light alcohol/warmth/mild sticky finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (??)
  • How much: ~$20, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes since now apparently now their ABV is 13%
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: Firstly I like the fact that it’s Canadian (yay!) and that it comes from the mysterious far east. I’m hoping to have the opportunity to try the rest of the fruit wines in their portfolio (fingers crossed!). Moving on, this wine pours dark cassis purple/red with a thicker than water viscosity. Amazing fruity sweet cassis nose with hints of honey and alcohol.

Attack: starts slightly syrupy, coating your mouth, a burst of 8/10-sweetness and not too cloying.

Mid-palate: Deep and rich cassis, blackberry, clover honey notes, jammy

Finish: tingly light-med alcohol detection, gentle warmth, clean slightly sticky finish in the mouth.

Medium complexity, med depth, good transitions, good carry, good sippability. Would be excellent with pie, vanilla ice cream, or custard. Very nice & pleasantly satisfied.

Tugwell Creek Harvest Melomel

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Harvest Melomel 2008- Tugwell Creek, 11.5% ABV – 750ml, (Sooke, BC, Canada)

On the front label:

“This traditional off dry mead is made from 100% BC honey and our own Logan berries, Marion berries, and Goose berries. Clean and Crisp, this pairs well with fowl, fish, and light pasta dishes. Sterile filtration is used to minimize sulphites.”

  • Style: (fruit) Mead
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: tangy/tart/sour -> blackberry/gooseberry/honey -> tart/tannic/off-dry/semi-smooth finish.
  • Where I got it: Liberty Wines (Granville)
  • How much: $22, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to mead aficionados: not fully

Tasting notes: pours clear amber orange/brown, with a few bubbles at the bottom of the glass. Fragrant honeyed red berries on the nose. Drinks with a burst of forward tangy/sourness up front, lightly effervescent, dry and tart blackberries, gooseberries, honey, 5/10-sweetness, finishing tart, tannic, off-dry, semi-smooth. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, okay drinkability. Good for a go once.