Review: Pete B's Blueberry Mead 2012
I was really excited to hear that Pete B was sending me some mead. I am still waiting to hear on my mead endorsement from BJCP, and my little journey into mead making is pretty nascent. So, while I was hoping to have a great meal to pair this with, we are having left overs.
This mead pours a really deep burgundy, with a beautiful meniscus shining with purple and red hues. The mead is still, as expected, with incredibly slow legs. The aroma of honey is distinct and rich, and while Pete has his own honey, I expect this is orange blossom. There is not a single fermentation flaw that I can detect. Surprisingly little fruit in the nose. No alcohol notes, just a warm and complex honey aroma. Of course, the treat is in the tasting. Complex blueberry flavors, a bit of woodiness, tannin, and a very mild acidity roll out, finishing dry without any astringency and no boozy burn. This is a well-aged mature mead, reminiscent of a fine country wine. Really nice.
I think if I could ask for anything else in this is a bit more acidity to brighten up the fruit... but that is a brash nitpick from a mead making novice. Well done! Will enjoy the remaining half of the bottle this evening.
Edited for grammah...