We have judges at my club, one is a master, but none that are really "mead judges". Unfortunately, I have this feeling that a lot of people see mead as the red headed stepchild where I live. I brought my last bottle to them and they were able to pinpoint what that off flavor was but thats about it. They told me there is a club member who is really into making mead but he shows up very randomly. I am out of mead but if I have this problem again i'll probably ask our president for his phone number. See if he was able to help out. Only reason I did not ask him is that I had no product to give him as of now. Thanks for giving me another variable to work with thought tschmidlin. Never thought that it could be oxidation..even thought one of the characteristics is winy/vinous.