Not a cider review, but a mead (honey wine) review, of Author Mead’s “draft” Semi-Sweet variety.
Mead Name: Semi-Sweet
Meadery Name: Author Mead Co.
Meadery Location: Vancouver WA
How Supplied: four pack of 12oz cans
Style: American craft “draft” style mead, lower ABV and carbonated, and made using brewing techniques
Availability: Washington and Oregon (see here)
Mead Description: Thanks to the simplicity of ingredients – water, Raw American Honey and yeast – Semi-Sweet is truly a gateway into Draft Mead for those who don’t drink it on a regular basis. We left just enough residual sugars to balance out its crispness and still allow it to go down smooth. People say it tastes a lot more like its lager craft beer cousin than other mead out there today.
Meadery Description: Crafted to be different…we assembled an all-star team of brewers and dreamers to explore how to help mead rise in the ranks of the craft brew world. Our process of craft brewing mead advances that goal and we strive daily to deliver you something unique and tasty. Game changed…get ready to meet the product that is changing the game in craft brewing. We re-envisioned traditional mead to create crisp, carbonated and perfectly balanced style that pair equally well with a weekend exploring outdoors, a dinner party with friends or hanging out at your favorite tap house. Let us introduce you to Author Draft Mead.
Price: $14.99 / four pack
Where Bought: Whole Foods in Western WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing
First Impression: Light straw yellow hue. Very low carbonation. Smells very mild, of sweet honey with a hint of floral.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Low tartness, acidity, and bitterness. No sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of honey with hints of floral and lemon. Long bitter beer-like chemically finish. Low to moderate honey flavor. High sessionability. Moderate flavor intensity. Low complexity.
My Opinion: I liked the flavor until it got to the finish, which ruined it for me. I assume it was from using brewing instead of wine (and cider & mead) techniques, which is the first time I’ve heard of this for mead. I had 2 other people try it and they agreed with me, so it wasn’t just me.
Most Similar to: drier sessionable meads like Nectar Creek Waggle, except with a weird finish
Closing Notes: I’d recommend this for beer fans who want to try mead, but not so much for folks who like typical meads and cider.
Side Note: I’ve found I prefer the more traditional meads, which are typically fuller flavored, sweeter, and higher ABV, over the drier carbonated session meads like this.
Have you tried Author Mead? What did you think?