Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tart Cherry Melomel Review & Recipe

Bottled  January 1st, 2007

Appearance - Dusty old bottle from the back corner of my pantry.  Pours a very clear dark ruby red, slight effervescence when pouring

Aroma - Huge honey nose, very floral, rounded out by sherry-like aromas of nougat and oxidation

Taste - Sweet non-varietal honey taste, hint of acidity from the cherries but their flavor has long since faded, just like in the nose slight sherry-like flavors that meld well with the sweetness of the honey

Mouthfeel - slight effervescence with a medium body leave it full feeling but not too heavy

Notes/Thoughts - I was actually really worried this bottle would be horribly oxidized or vinegar at this point, but to my surprise it was quite good.  The slight bit of carbonation had begun to push out the cork causing it to leak a sweet concentrated honey-wine flavoring.  This was one of my earlier honey-wine attempts, and was quite good fresh (strong sour cherry flavor) but its still quite good now.  I really think if I could find it possible to age some mead for 5+ years and then add the cherry juice it would be a great blend!

Tart Cherry Melomel Recipe
Amt (lbs)Type
5.0Wild Flower Honey
32 ozTart Cherry Juice (Knudsens)
YeastLalvin K1V116
8-9% abvFG1020?-didnt measure :)
Notes: Flavor is great ~1mos after bottling and continues to get better, although cherry flavor fades quickly; Fermaid K and wine nutrient were added at start of fermentation and at 1/3 sugar depletion


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