Spóldzielnia Pszczelarska Apis
Spóldzielnia Pszczelarska Apis Półtorak Jadwiga (16 % alcohol by volume) is named after Jadwiga (aka Hedwig), the first female monarch of Poland who ruled from October 16, 1384 to July 17, 1399. It is a Polish mead made with raspberry and dog rose (rosa canina) fruits. It is aged for several years to stabilize and clarify it. It is a Półtorak mead meaning that it is made form 1 part honey to 0.5 parts water. Big honey aromas beguile the nose, lightly seasoned with raspberries, spices and some dark sugars. It is a brilliant dark tea to prune juice color with a slight red tint. It has good reflectance, a clear, well defined meniscus, and produces long, distinct, well developed legs. The flavors start thick and sweet as big honey, alcohol and raspberries roll over the tongue. The raspberries dominate the finish and as the mead coats your tongue the raspberry flavors grow and linger balanced by a tangy hibiscus like flavor from the dog rose. The alcohol is big but smooth and not hot or harsh and is pleasantly balanced by the honey sweetness and flavor. This full bodied mead provides a mild warmth that grows as you drink. Try Półtorak Jadwiga as wonderful dessert mead with Montchevre Bucherone Goat Cheese, Port Salut Cheese, Fourme D'Ambert, or Käserei Champignon Champignon Mushroom. It is also works fine sipping by itself. I rate it 86.