Trójniak Honey Wine Mazurski
Poland is the world's largest producer of mead by traditional methods. The Polish mead Mazurskie Miody Trójniak Honey Wine Mazurski (13% alcohol by volume) is a trójniak (3 part) mead which means that is made from one part honey and two parts water. Polish meads typically use the honey from the lime (Basswood) tree. The honey aromas are strong scenting the air within a 3" radius of the bottle upon opening. The aromas also include alcohol and a mild wine-like character. Sweet honey dominates the flavor but there is some spice and some woodiness with traces of earthiness upon the swallow. The mead is full bodied and leaves a light stickiness on the lips. The mead packs a lot of alcohol but the honey keeps it smooth and soft while the alcohol keeps the honey from becoming cloying. A light spicy quality with a mild astringent notes combines with some oak tannins also help balance the honey sweetness. The mead is insanely sweet but is so well balanced that it is also dangerously drinkable. I drank my last bottle of Mazurskie Miody Trójniak Honey Wine Mazurski with a plate of Kusshi Oysters and the pairing of the salty oyster and sweet mead was marvelous. I rate the mead 88.