Spóldzielnia Pszczelarska Apis
The Poles have made mead for over 1,000 years. Spóldzielnia Pszczelarska Apis Trójniak Bernardyński (13% alcohol by volume) is a Polish mead made by Spóldzielnia Pszczelarska Apis, in operation since 1932 and the only mead producer in Poland. The Poles typically drink their mead between 55 F and room temperature. I am drinking mine lightly chilled. Trójniak is a term registered with the European Union that means the mead is made from one unit of honey and two units of water, is semi-sweet and aged for one year. The mead is brewed with choke cherries. It has a pleasant honey and cherry smell, a clean fermentation character and a trace wood and earthiness, some darker sugars and a slight vinous character. The mead pours brilliant copper with a slight red tint. It has good reflectance, a clear, well defined meniscus and produces well formed, long legs. Honey sweet cherry leads the flavors, especially in the middle and in the the finish. It has a trace bitter and some tannins from the choke cherries that balance the sweetness and add dimension with a slight astringent touch. The mead is layered and complex with a background wine character, a mild tartness from the cherries, and a hint of vanilla. It has an interesting balance between the cherry tartness, tannins and bitterness, the honey sweetness and the alcohol. The body is medium full and the mead produces a mild alcohol warming . The alcohol is not hot or harsh. This is what you want to drink after dinner on a cold winter evening with your feet up, a log on the fire and Charles Mingus on the stereo. I rate it 85.