A RateBeer friend invited a few of us over asking that we bring nothing to contribute and he was going to share a few unrated meads with the 6 of us. I ended up bringing 2 bottles of beer and 2 meads as a contribution and others did the same. Overall, it was a very special tasting and I snapped a few photos to share with you. I won’t post full reviews but most of these were ratable and are on my RateBeer profile if you feel so inclined. 

Mead Tasting in Massachusetts

Here’s the lineup:

  • Berrywine Medieval Mead (17-20 years old)
  • B. Nektar Zombies Take Manhattan
  • Kuhnhenn Manhattan Project
  • B. Nektar Cherry Chipotle
  • B. Nektar #dragonsarereal
  • Schramm’s Apple
  • Superstition Tahitian Honeymoon Mead
  • Berrywine Yemar Tej (Very old, some time in the 90s)
  • Schramm’s The Statement – Reserve
  • Schramm’s Peach
  • Schramm’s Black Agnes
  • Magpie Farms Winery – Boysenberry Mead (Bottle from late 90s)
  • Schramm’s Nutmeg
  • Schramm’s Blackberry
  • B. Nektar Devil’s Juice
  • Struise Rio Reserva 2012 (Beer, Belgian Quad)
  • Hill Farmstead Le Sarrasin (Beer, Buckwheat and wine barrel aged saison w/ wild yeast)

It was a great evening. Schramm’s Mead continues to blow me away especially compared to other meads. The Manhattan Project and Magpie Boysenberry were both standouts and absolutely delicious. I had high hopes for the Superstition but that didn’t taste all that great and there was very little vanilla. 

Statement Reserve (and other high $ meads from Schramm’s) are well worth the price of entry but even though I did’t pay for the bottle, us finishing it that night made me a little sad. “There goes $100 dollars”. Delicious but to be savored for sure. 

I still know very little about mead but am enjoying these drinks and the fact that they’re ratable helps quite a bit. Thanks Brian for organizing this tasting and bring out so many great and aged meads for us to try.

Berrywine Medieval Mead

Berrywine Medieval Mead

B. Nektar Zombies Take Manhattan

Kuhnhenn Manhattan Project

B. Nektar Cherry Chipotle

B. Nektar #dragonsarereal

Schramm’s Apple

Superstition Tahitian Honeymoon Mead

Berrywine Yemar Tej

Schramm’s The Statement - Reserve

Schramm’s Peach

Schramm’s Black Agnes

Magpie Farms Winery - Boysenberry Mead

Schramm’s Nutmeg

Schramm’s Blackberry

B. Nektar Devil’s Juice

Struise Rio Reserva 2012