Maker: B. Nektar, Ferndale, Michigan, USA.
Style: Spiced, hopped mead
Appearance: Pale gold and pretty fizzy.
Nose: Ginger, honey, spice.
On the palate: Light, effervescent and spicy. Easy on the entry, not much in the mouth but some light spice.
Finish: Much more assertive after a gulp. Heat lingers on the tongue, Madras curry powder, a bit of gingery soapiness.
Parting words: The Naughty ginger is a much more drinkable ginger mead than the Schramm Series Ginger Mead B. Nektar put out a few years ago. That was like being tied down and having raw peeled ginger stuffed into every orifice. The ginger flavor in that wasn’t aggressive, it was downright violent.
This ginger is naughty but not a sociopath. The hops and coriander balance out the ginger and give it a pleasant curry taste that is fun drinking and even food friendly. This is a very successful mead and very much worth picking up. Naughty Ginger is recommended.