Today I don’t have a cider to review, but a mead, Sky River’s Cherry Vanilla Honey Wine. It is my first time trying this, but I have had most of their lineup (see my trip report here from when I visited their meadery tasting room).
Mead: Cherry Vanilla Honey Wine
Meadery: Sky River
Location: Redmond WA
How Supplied: 750ml bottles
Style: American craft mead (honey wine), with cherries and vanilla
Availability: U.S. (Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Louisiana, & Pennsylvania), Japan, and Sweden, plus online sales
Mead Description: The downy snow of blossom laden cherry trees. The harbinger of spring. Awakening the honey bees, and bringing the promise of new life. With the blossoms come the tantalizing dreams of the promised lush cherries to come, and sumptuous days of sunshine. Sky River Cherry Vanilla Mead reunites the honey and cherries. Warm Honey and rich, dark Cherry, wedded with lush Vanilla bean Enjoy with freshly grilled steaks, salmon, or even with your favorite custard.
Meadery Description: From ancient cultures on distant shores, shrouded in mist, Sky River brings the age-old art of making mead into the twenty-first century to create a new tradition.
Where Bought: a tasting event
Where Drank: home
How Found: a tasting event
First Impression: Dark cherry hue. Still. Smells of sweet cherry wine.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry to semi-sweet. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of cherry with hints of honey & floral, then a moderate length vanilla finish. Low honey flavor. Moderate cherry flavor, sessionability, overall flavor intensity, and complexity.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it. Nice flavor, of real cherry. I would have liked a bit more vanilla. Definitely not honey-forward though.
Most Similar to: A more real-tasting, more complex, and drier version of Eaglemount Cherry Mead. I’ve also had d’s cherry vanilla cider, with awesome flavor, similarly not apple-forward, but it is quite sweet.
Closing Notes: Mead is a nice complimentary option to cider.
Have you tried mead? What did you think?