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Mead Review: Kurt's Apple Pie by Moonlight Meadery

If you are looking for a easy entry into Mead (and you should be), New Hampshire’s Moonlight Meadery is a good place to start. Well-respected, fairly widely available, and an expansive list of offerings. Our tasting panel recently sat down with their Kurt’s Apple Pie. This cyser (a mead fermented with apple juice instead of water) bills itself as “apple pie in glass” with the addition of Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon. Does it deliver?

Medium straw in the glass, slight haze. Smells just like apple pie, so we are halfway there. Not as sweet as you expect from the description and the smell. Medium-plus body makes it seem like it might be cloying, but the sweetness is much less than anticipated. Lots of stewed apple, with the vanilla taking a back seat to the cinnamon. Light touch of clove, ginger, mace, and nutmeg. Some wished for a touch more cinnamon. 14% ABV and the great balance means this one might sneak up to you if you aren’t careful. One of our tasting panel members says “this is exactly what it is says it is.” That’s a good thing.

Charted Details:

Mead: Kurt’s Apple Pie

From: Moonlight Meadery

From: Londonberry, New Hampshire

Varietals: Local cider fermented with honey, Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon

ABV: 14%

Price: $20 (375ml)

Rating: 95 pts

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