Wine Maker Mag Comp 2012 For Mead
Posted 04 June 2012 - 01:48 AM
Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:02 AM
Juniper Hill Cellars - Vinifera, Hybrid and Mead Wines
Juniper Hill Brewery - AG since 2012
Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:49 AM
As a beekeeper, I understand your frustration about the uniqueness of the honey not being recognized. I think most people still think "all honey is just honey" ...whether is comes from another country or the winemakers own yard. I hope with more people moving towards local food sources, more people will become educated about the difference, value and quality of what's available.
60-40 black raspberry/elderberry sounds amazing and very unique. :-)
2013:Cranberry, Apple, Peach, Strawberry, Blueberry. 2011: Cranberry-Apple, Pumpkin, Spiced Orange Mead, Strawberry, Straw-Pee, Pear, Guava, Cranberry, Cran-Pee, Apple, Pom-Pee, Blueberry, Blueberry Melomel, Mango, Mango-Pee. 2010: Apple, Peach, Cranberry, Blueberry, Pear, Strawberry, Concord Grape. 2009: Apple mead, Blueberry, Blackberry, Pear, Watermelon, Peach, Apple.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:13 PM
We got 2 golds for meads this year, one for our pure juice (60% black raspberry + 40% elderberry) plus tulip poplar honey from our own farm and a dried elderberry with tulip poplar honey. One complaint is that WMM seems to miss the uniqueness of the honey source when they record the results. They dont miss the little differences in recording the differences in the grapes used in other parts of the comp but for the mead section honey is not just honey, to bad they dont seem to get that. Did any other WP member have meads in this year? Crackedcork
I think it's the lack of knowledgeable (about honey) judges. Palates can be trained, but some of the judges have never tasted varietal honey and know nothing of the sometimes subtle differences. I judge meads in BJCP competetions and very few other judges can taste the differences in varietal honey. You should try a straight sack mead with your poplar honey. It needs considerable aging, but the result is amazing!
Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:53 AM
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:18 PM
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