Bottling was a success! Unfortunately, the packaging is much better quality than the contents.
This was my first mead, which I brewed in July 2010 without any temp control. Fermentation temp got as high as 75 and this thing has been a fusel bomb ever since. It has mellowed considerably over the past year, but the heat/solventy fusel flavors are still present. I've been very careful about sanitation and preventing oxidation, so I think this will have plenty of time to mature further in the bottle. Maybe by this time next year it will be smoother.
Another issue with this batch was clarity. It's got a slight haze, despite letting it clear in a tertiary fermentor for 7-8 months. I have sparkelloid on hand, but I opted not to use it.
Anyway, I have a fermentation chamber now, so next mead I brew (and I plan on brewing more) will likely be much better.
Here are some photos of the bottle waxing.