HoneyMaker Lavender Mead (Maine Mead Works)

Style: Lavender Metheglin

Mead Maker’s Note: “Made in the spirit of French botanical aperitifs, this aromatic semi-sweet mead invokes the most iconic scents of summer. Locally grown varieties of English lavender from Glendarragh Farms in Appleton, Maine, impart brilliant floral notes balanced with a distinctive minerality. Creamy, round finish with lingering citrus and pineapple. Medium to full-bodied, built on a foundation of smooth wildflower honey.”

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The mead pours a pale, golden color with slippery legs of alcohol on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the mead smells of floral lavender, mint, slight butter, slight sweet glazed donut, and fabric sheets. As I swirl, I get a sense of orange blossom honey and fabric sheet/febreeze scents, but not in a bad way. On the tongue, the mead tastes sweet with a nice herbal bitter finish that blends with the sweetness. A slight acidity also works in towards the finish to add a slight pop to the mouth. Flavors feature lots of sweet lavender with a refreshing finish of spearmint. Febreeze fabric softener definitely makes an appearance in flavor, as well as rich honey. In the mouth the mead feels medium bodied, with a slightly light turn. The mead is syrupy smooth, yet the lavender/herbal-bite adds a crisp touch that makes the mead quite drinkable. Overall, the mead is smooth, refreshing, and delicious. It is still quite sweet, and should be considered as a refreshing digestif. A delightfully refreshing mead.

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