« on: October 01, 2014, 06:42:19 AM »
Overall Impression was 4 out of 10 - "Nose is raspberry flavor and strawberry, dry and astringent with upper fruit sweetness. Light alcohol"
sounds like Overall Impression was a re-hash of what they had already said...
Did they give anything that was an actual, you know, overall impression? Talk about balance? Acidity? Did they say any of the characters were unpleasant? Note how it might be improved?
Sounds like you have a bit of a honey/fruit balance issue, but that is common. Also, note that dry meads do not necessarily have a lot of honey character, so it can be especially difficult to get good honey/fruit balance with these. Astringency...well, they apparently didn't really say whether it was unpleasant. Strawberries are not the most tannic fruit. Metallic is not good, but let's tackle that later.
when dealing with similar balance issues on something fairly dry, I will pour myself some of the melomel and slowly start blending in some sweet Traditional Mead in the glass, something with a nice wildflower or orange blossom aroma. It usually doesn't take much. I can't speak of the tannin level you've got and whether it is appropriate...