Black Locust Honey Wine
Posted 08 August 2005 - 10:10 AM
One of the meads that I tasted was made from Black Locust Honey. The dude pouring it was really gung-ho about the fact that it came from black locust honey. However, when I tasted it, it had a strong vegetative flavor at the front. It kind of reminded me of being in an enclosed greenhouse and breathing in - you get that "greenery/earthy" flavor in your mouth.
The honey itself did not have this flavor (or if it did, it was masked by the sweetness of the honey). Is this typical for mead from black locust honey?
Posted 08 August 2005 - 10:30 AM
Posted 08 August 2005 - 04:49 PM
as in Black Locust - The Bug? or is there a plant called the Black Locust ?
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Posted 09 August 2005 - 01:18 AM
Psyguy, I can tell you that an exotic honey gets some mazers very excited (I'm one ). It can be tempting to show off a mead that nobody else has. However, some honeys, and I've read that buckwheat honey is one such, have strong unique flavors that can be described in strange terms such as "barnyard". I have never worked with buckwheat honey because it's not available here, but from what I read, most people mix it with a larger proportion of lighter honeys. It sounds like this person is not yet very skillful in his mead-making - maybe he brought out that bottle too soon (for most meads take at least a year to mature, and two is better), or maybe his honey is one of those powerful ones.
Posted 09 August 2005 - 06:32 AM
Black locust is toxic, but I don't know if that extends to the nectar or not. It's great wood to use in place of treated lumber due to the toxins, which make it rot resistant, and it will last just about as long as treated wood or cedar. People in this part of the country use it for fence posts.
The black locust honey I've tried had a musky, smoky, kind of grassy flavor. Honey locust is a little lighter and has a more floral taste (at least to me) but still has the grassy overtones. I'm not sure I would use either of them for a varietal mead. Maybe a small amount in a blend for the novelty value.
Posted 09 August 2005 - 06:51 AM
Good point about it being young and perhaps showing some green flavors. I should have grabbed a bottle (I know...I didn't - I was busy picking up other wines ) and let it keep for a year before trying it again.
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