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.
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.