Brewery: B. Nektar Meadery
This is Rock on Beer's very first mead...I mean Cider...I mean cyser. Yes this is a mix of both hard cider and mead, which like me you probably didn't know had a name. Well it does and supposedly it is cyser. Oh but they couldn't be happy with just mixing Michigan honey and apple cider together. No they had to add our most famous fruit, sour Michigan cherries. So this is a cherry cyser...intrigued yet? So was I. Mead and cider consumption are on the rise in the United States, and meaderies like B. Nektar are popping up all over the place. So I had to give this a try, as it is supposed to be one of the best examples on the market, and also it is produced right in my home state.
Pours a clear pinkish color (how often do I get to write that on the blog?). No head, I guess that is not something you get in this kind of drink. Lots of apples on the nose, the cider certainly takes over in the nose department. Honey is there as a vague sweetness and maybe a little cherry, certainly a lot of fruit going on. Much less sweet then I was expecting. Quite a bit more of the cherries come out in the taste then the aroma. A great cidery apple taste up front, followed by some tart cherry. The honey doesn't pop in until the very end of the taste with a slightly sweet earthy flavor. All of these things blend together into a really unique flavor. Definitely something new and different that I have never tried before. Stuff like this has really piqued my interest in mead and other concoctions involving other fermented things then barley. I am really looking forward to getting back and having another bottle next time.