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:
Kole: Beautiful honey colour. Opaque. Very dark.
Shawna: Golden honey colour, almost straw like. Very opaque. Not really carbonated.
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.
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.
Kole: Almost none to speak of.
Shawna: A lingering sweetness at the back of the throat. I’m not wild about this one.
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.