Hubby and I discovered the Sap House Meadery in February. We did a tasting of the regular and seasonal meads.
So, when we went back to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for our summer vacation we made sure to make a trip to Center Ossipee and drop by again to see what Sap House had on tap.
Again we did a tasting . . . how could we not want a taste of each and every one? Their meads are so wonderful! (See previous review)
Fear not . . . we were mindful of the fact that we were on the motorcycle. Being the passenger has its benefits . . . wink, wink. ;)
We had a long conversation with Mead Master and co-owner of Sap House Meadery Ash Fischbein (that's what I call him . . . I don't know if that's his official title) and his dad. We discussed mead, mead making, and all sorts of other topics. We spent an hour and a half tasting, talking and visiting. Either Ash actually likes us or he's a really really patient person to put up with us for so long. Nah, he must just be really patient.
Anyhoo . . .
The seasonal mead they had for the summer was a Peach Maple Mead. It was absolutely fabulous! So much so that I had to go back for a second taste and walked out of the store with two bottles.
Ash told us this mead is made with locally grown whole-fruit peaches, never juice, and was aged in American Oak barrels . . . just like an Oaked California Chardonnay!
The mead is a pale golden color with a lovely peachy aroma. You can really taste the freshness of the peaches but its not all encompassing. You get a real mead flavor with hints of peach and maple . . . it's really quite nice and balanced. It's very clean on the palate . . . not at all sticky or overly sweet. And, despite the relatively high alcohol content . . . 13.5% ABV . . . there is no boozy taste. Really quite lovely.
I'm looking forward to a visit in the fall when we've been promised a bottle of a strawberry and a blackberry maple. Mmmm . . . I can't wait!
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