Die Hochland Imker
Single Variety Mead Lindenblüten Met
Die Hochland Imker Single Variety Mead Lindenblüten Met (13.5% abv) is a single variety honey made from Linden tree (aka lime trees or Basswood trees) blossoms and honeydew. Aphids secrete a sugar rich liquid called honeydew as they feed on plant sap and it is collected by honey bees and made into honey. A bottle of this mead is sure to create a nice happy face. As you pour, floral honey aromas rise from the glass. Closer up reveals a white wine, honey, and alcohol smell with citrusy floral and citrus peel notes. It smells like a basswood forest in bloom in late June to early July. A fine ring of bubbles forms around the rim as you pour that gradually dissipates. It is brilliant straw with with good reflectance and decent legs. The flavors are a wonderful interaction of sweet and dry working together with a light tart touch. Honey, white wine, grape, citrus, citrus peel, lime, spice, herbs, sweet and tart emerge in different places and the mead moves across the tongue. There are hints of honey toast and honey cream. It starts sweet and begins transforming mid-palate and dries a bit on the finish with a slight astringent note. Overall it leans slightly to the dry. This works well with a creme brule, cheese cake, cheeses, cheese drizzled with honey, white sauce dishes, a fresh green salad, or a big plate of roasted asparagus slathered in butter. I rate it 90.