Maker: B. Nektar, Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Appearance: Pale straw, like young chardonnay.
Nose: Honey (duh), pear, wild herbs, sweet hay.
On the palate: Full-bodied, lightly sweet, Riesling-like with a bit of citrus, but still lots of wildflower honey character, especially as the glass warms.
Finish: Lightly bittersweet and clingy. Slowly fades to a pleasant sweetness.
Parting words: I’ve long been eager to review B. Nektar’s Wildflower mead if for no other reason than to establish a baseline for tasting their other, funkier, offerings, and also becuase the meadery is about 2 1/2 miles from my house. It doesn’t disappoint. It’s more elegant and delicate than Oliver’s Camelot mead, but still delivers plenty of varietal character as I said above. It’s a good deal more expensive than Camelot, but Camelot is probably underpriced and B. Nektar’s wildflower honey is better so it all evens out. This is mead to be savored, not slammed. Recommended.