B. Nektar Meadery has released a “Extra Limited” batch of their traditional mead that has been aged for 2 years in Bourbon Barrels. B. Nektar labels generally have some pop culture theme to them, and this one has gone for a Star Wars motif. This mead weighs in at 16.2% ABV, which should be a good time.
Right off the bat, you can smell the bourbon and oak. The nose on it is quite strong, but has some slight hints of sweetness that are detectable. I really enjoyed this one. It is pretty far on the sweet scale, which gives it a very thick mouthfeel to it. You can even see this by the legs of the mead sticking to the sides of the glass. You get a nice, simple honey flavor upfront. The aging has given this a distinct, but pleasant bourbon flavor on the backend. This helps to keep the sweetness from being to cloying. Somewhere in the middle, there is a sense of heat, likely from the bourbon or oak. There’s a nice amount of acidity that creates a mouthwatering, refreshing sensation to the drink.
Given its limited run, make sure to pick this up if you can.
May the pours B. with you.