Easley’s Mead (Honey Wine)

Price: $9
Maker: Easley Winery, Indianapolis, Indiana
Varietal: Honey Wine
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

Mead brings images to mind of medieval feasts, so it was only appropriate that on Thanksgiving we opened a bottle of Easley’s Mead, a wine made from honey. This wine’s color is light straw-yellow. The label describes it as “semi-sweet”, and it’s definitely at the sweet end of the spectrum. Wine aficionados who appreciate a crisp Pinot Grigio won’t like this one much, but those who can enjoy sweeter wines might like the unusual flavor of this mead. Its aroma strikes a melon note, but the flavor shows off its honey origin. Its slightly syrupy texture goes well with its honey-laced flavor. We found a bit of melon in the flavor, too, along with a hint of smokiness.

Easley’s Mead could serve well as a dessert wine, though sweet-wine lovers might drink it with food or even by itself. The Easley website recommends pairing it with Ethiopian or spicy food. We might prefer a robust Shiraz with those foods, but to each his own.

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