« on: July 11, 2014, 08:05:53 PM »
Until now, the only commercial meads I've had have been from Moonlight Meadery. Great meads, but their take is very much the big, sipping mead style; in the vein of a big red or dessert wine. To date, all my homebrew meads have been modeled after this style of mead, since it's all I really know and I'm a big fan of it.
I just came across B Nektar in my area for the first time, so I grabbed a few of their meads to try. The first one I'm trying is Zombie Killer, which is a 6% cherry cyser.
This is something I can easily put down in mass quantities. The nose is apples with a cinnamon spice note. Flavor is cider first, with slightly tart cherry highlights. As the fruit fades, the honey starts to assert itself. The finish is a nice honey note, along with a hint of cinnamon. Sweetness is off-dry with light carbonation.
I get that cinnamon note in a lot of wildflower honey, so I'm guessing that's where its coming from, but I've gotten it from apple cider before as well. This honestly has given me a whole new outlook on mead. Great stuff. This is a bit transcendent experience for me. It definitely makes me want to brew a batch or two of this type of session mead.