Review: Prairie Rose Meadery Vanilla Cinnamon
Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. And for as long as humans have joined together, they managed to ferment whatever local ingredients they could find into booze. If you are desiring to make alcohol on the plains of North Dakota, you could just go the easy route and make beer. If you are looking to make wine, several cold weather hybrids will do just fine up there. But mead is perhaps the most elegant option, and for the past thirty years, Prairie Rose has been doing just that. They have a have a variety of meads in the bottle, and our tasting panel recently sat down with their semi-sweet Vanilla Cinnamon.
Deep gold in the glass, with a nose of frosting and cinnamon. Small touch of heat up front, and it is very obvious this mead is made with real vanilla and good quality cinnamon. Touch of yeast on the mid-palate, even an almost bread pudding note. Long lingering finish with warming spice. A panelist said this was like “Cinnabon in a cup.” Would be perfect with Crème Brûlée or Lorna Doones.
Mead: Vanilla Cinnamon
From: Prairie Rose Meadery
From: Fargo, North Dakota
Price: $20 (500ml)
Rating: 94 pts