Looking to start making mead myself, I was extremely excited about getting a bottle of Orange Blossom Mead from B. Nektar Meadery to have with dinner tonight. At $17 a bottle, it certainly is not in-expensive, but mead is usually rather expensive. However, it’s possible to get an excellent bottle of beer for $17; so even though this mead was around the median price point for commercial mead I still expected a lot out of it. So, without further ado:
Our orange blossom mead is made from the honey of orange and other citrus trees, and is aged on American oak. The flavor and bouquet will transport you to warm climates, where citrus groves stretch on for miles and miles. This mead will continue to mature wonderfully in your cellar.
Well, I am less than impressed. B. Nektar’sOrange Blossom mead is straw in color and is noticeably un-filtered, with odd particles floating in it. At first I thought maybe it was pollen, or yeast, but some of the particles are string-like. The aroma reminds me of an orange muscat, although there is a distinct menthol note to it that unfortunately reminds me of Vick’s VapoRub. The mouth feel is heavy, and extremely astringent and solvent, followed by a surprising level of carbonation. The flavor is slightly citrusy, am not entirely pleasant.
I have had some excellent traditional meads, and I am hesitant to fault B. Nektar for this bad bottle because I am sure they make some good meads. However, I don’t think I can even force myself to drink more than half a glass of this and unfortunately the rest of the bottle is going to find its way down the drain. I probably would not buy another bottle of this mead if I had the option of doing so again.
On that note, I am going to have a bottle of He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale from Shmaltz Brewing to cleanse my palate, expect an update on that wonderful beer in the some time in next couple days.