Thursday, December 5, 2013

Traditional Mead

I was in New Hampshire and in the area of Center Ossipee so I made a special effort to go visit the boys at Sap House Meadery to say "hi" and get some holiday shopping done.

Ash was in tending the bar, as it were, and offered up samples while we chatted and discussed the goings-on at the Sap House.

As it so happens, there is a new mead quietly fermenting in the back room. It didn't take too much arm twisting to get Ash to open up about the soon-to-be offered mead nor did it take much persuasion to get him to let me get a taste.

He lead me to the back room where all the magic happens. Among the vats of assorted mead flavors in various stages of fermentation was the new Traditional Mead that the Sap House will be bottling for distribution in the coming weeks.

I even got a sneak peek at the label design concept. From what I understand, the bottles will be dipped in lavender colored beeswax to compliment the flowers on the label. It's going to be a lovely presentation!

The traditional style mead is a clear honey color.  The alcohol content is in the mid-range for mead, coming in at 12% ABV.

Not surprisingly, the aroma is of rich honey.

The taste is wonderful. You might think it would be overly sweet, syrupy, or cloying. You'd be wrong.

This mead is gently sweet and somewhat dry with distinct honey characteristics. The mouth feel is light and soft on the palate. Despite the high alcohol content, there is no booziness to speak of.

This is a nice traditional mead without any added flavors or ingredients. Simple and delicious. It will be the perfect addition to an extensive line of excellent and award winning mead.

Overall: excellent.

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