Spóldzielnia Pszczelarska Apis
Spóldzielnia Pszczelarska Apis Dwójniak Kurpiowski (18% alcohol by volume) is a Polish mead brewed with spices and black currant juice. Polish mead dates from the middle ages around the year 930. Dwójniak refers to mead made with one unit of honey per one unit of water. Pulling the cork releases big berry aromas, black currant, honey, cigar and some earthiness. The fruit and honey aromas are distinctive. An initial herbal scent blows off. The mead has some spiciness that is hard to pin down. the alcohol aromas are mild. It is rich, reddish amber gold. The mead has good reflectance and produces thick legs. It tastes like an elixir - very rich, flavorful, sweet, mild alcohol, berry and honey. The honey intensity is high and dominates but the black currants and spices are big enough to balance. The fruit character is pleasant and supportive and not raw or artificial. The black currant provides some tannins that boost the body and balance the honey and also provide some tartness. The mead is full bodied and pleasurably intense. It leaves the lips sticky from the honey and leaves very pleasant, long lingering aftertastes. I rate the mead 84.
I am drinking the mead with Plymouth Champagne Oysters and the oyster's saltiness accents the mead's honey sweetness and berry flavors and bring out mushroom, anchovy and bacon flavors in the oyster. Drinking the mead with the oysters also adds an air of elegance. I would also like to try this mead with a variety of cheeses that I think would play very well with the meads honey, spice and black currant flavors. Four I would like to try include Fourme D'Ambert, Jasper Hill Creamery Harbisons Pastuerized Cow's Milk Cheese, Comté Sagesse, and Montchevre Bucherone Goat Cheese.