Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Carroll's Mead Honey Wine, no vintage on the bottle (about $12)
About the Wine: Honey can be fermented and even a very rudimentary knowledge of human nature and history teaches that if it will ferment, people will make a drink out of it. Carroll's Mead is said to come from an Irish family recipe developed some time in the Middle Ages.
About THIS Wine: The wine is light yellow in the glass and has no distinct rim. The nose is acidic and slightly earthy, reminiscent of lagered beer (aka Budweiser.) The palate is like a Riesling without the citrus, just a tart sweetness. The finish is more sugary sweet. I personally like sweet things, so this palate and finish did not bother me. When I gave it to a dry drinker she made a face similar to a cartoon character that has just an anvil dropped on its foot.
Drinking This Wine: Definitely a food wine. It is just too sweet for most drinkers to enjoy by itself. I had it with roasted chicken and the pairing was quite nice. It would also work well with spicy food.
Overall Impression: Not really blown away by this wine. As novelty for the sweet drinker it is reasonable for the price.