The Honey Wine Company
Bee d'Vine Demi Sec
The Honey Wine Company Bee d'Vine Demi Sec (12.5% alcohol by volume) is a mead inspired by Egyptian T'ej and is crafted by Ayele Solomon. The mead is made from California honey and barrel aged for 10 months. It is still, standard and semi-sweet. The mead has a spicy honey aroma with traces of earthiness, wood, some mustiness, a hint of fruit and traces of a fresh meadow smell. It is light pale gold from the center to the rim, has a well developed meniscus, has good reflectance and light legs. Bee d'Vine has a well developed honey character with some t'ej spice, residual sweetness, a hint of tart and a semi-sweet finish. The acidity is medium plus and the gesho brings in some lightly astringent, drying tannins and some mild bitterness on the fins. More gesho character comes out as the t'ej warms providing more woody, spicy earthiness. The gesho character is softer and more integrated in the Demi Sec than in the Brut. There are no sulfury, harsh or yeasty fermentation notes. The body is medium light, the residual sweetness is medium. The alcohol is softly warming and not hot, harsh or solventy. This is an elegant semi-sweet mead with a subtle spice character. I rate it 86.