This is a medium sweet pure honey mead from Avalon Vineyard. It is the only mead they produce (if you don’t count the mead liqueur. It is only 12% ABV and approved by the Soil Association for its adherence to organic standards.
This has quiet a vibrant yellow colour I have seen in a lot of meads, particularly pure honey ones. There is a reasonable amount of viscosity considering the alcoholic strength is only 12% ABV.
There is a strong nose on this one. There is a distinctiveness in the honey aromas and a sharpness balancing out the sweetness.
The taste is definitely not a sweet one and more in the medium category. There is a nice honey flavour in the initial sip, but the taste isn’t very long or complex afterwards.
The body feels like thin, which makes it quaffable if medium sweet is your thing, but it does not put in the category of warming, winter meads. It is probably the exact sweet-dry balance I would expect from a producer that makes a lot of scrumpy, so maybe this would make an excellent base for a cyser or melomel.