Nope, this blog is not just going to focus on beer. While there are far more craft brewers in Toronto than really any other form of booze, I want to make this blog about ALL booze.

That is why the two of us are reviewing the Peach Mead by Trafalgar Ales and Mead. Together. Cause we needed to share this to get a real feel for it.

This was sampled in nice wine like the glasses offered by Bar Volo. We bought a few last time we were there. Shawna thinks mead goes in wine glasses, and this is the only way she’ll serve it at home.

Before I begin I should mention that the cork on this thing is damn near impossible to remove. I spent a good 5 minutes trying to figure it out. I got it out eventually but I have never had this kind of trouble with a cork before. It resisted gravity and corkscrews.

We shared a 375 ml bottle. With a pricetag of $5.45, it was a little more than we were willing to spend for a night at home, but we don’t drink a lot of mead. This Braggot-style mead/beer crossover is 8.5%. We had this the same night we had Spark House.

And on to the tasting notes:

 

Appearance:

Kole: Beautiful honey colour. Opaque. Very dark.

Shawna: Golden honey colour, almost straw like. Very opaque. Not really carbonated.

Aroma:

Kole: Strong scent of honey and peach for obvious reasons. Light hops goes with it. The hops pairs well with the sweetness of the peaches.

Shawna: It has an almost candy-like aroma of peaches. It reminds me of Fuzzy Peaches? Floral aroma from the peaches, and underlying smell of hops.

Taste:

Kole: The flavour is very simple. Sweet and light. The peaches go well with the honey. The mouthfeel is very light and bubbly. Like a peach champaign made with honey.

Shawna: It kind of has a syrup flavouring to me? Now I’m getting a flashback to peach cocktail in a can, or Peach Shnapps. The underlying beer flavours are completely absent.

Aftertaste:

Kole: Almost none to speak of.

Shawna: A lingering sweetness at the back of the throat. I’m not wild about this one.

 

Overall:

Kole: I’m a fan of meads. Usually I like them to be a bit more complex but there is nothing wrong with this one. It would go well on a patio in the summer. Bit light for the winter. It would pair with lighter foods like chicken and fish.

Shawna: Trafalgar makes other meads, and I’ll give those ones a spin at some point. I’m not feeling the love for this one, even though I love peaches and beer. Mead is an alcohol I’m still getting to know. I could see myself having this as a digestif with a sharper cheese like aged cheddar, but I won’t seek it out again.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com