IQhilika African Herbal Blossom Mead
Makana Meadery IQhilika African Herbal Blossom Mead (12% alcohol by volume) is infused with a tea of hibiscus, rose hip, licorice, cinnamon and dried apples. It has a very rich floral aroma with traces of apple, rose hip and hibiscus and a hint of cinnamon. It pours gold with a slight haze and produces light legs. The flavors are layered and complex. It starts mildly sweet with honey, a hint of cinnamon heat and definite cinnamon flavor joined by herbal, floral and spicy flavors. A light hibiscus and rose hip tartness balances the sweetness. There is a hint of pie crust and apple pie. The hibiscus and rose flavors are in the background but come forward in the aftertaste with mild apple flavors. The body is medium and the alcohol is smooth and clean. This meads stands out for its layered and complex flavors and because of the balance between sweet and tart. Drink it alone or serve it with poultry, fish, spicy food or desserts. I rate it 92.