B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale, Michigan. This is a Gold-Medal winning mead that a bunch of locals have been raving about, so I had to take my shot at it. B. Nektar has a fun sense of humor as you can see with their anti-zombie rhetoric on the bottle story and also on their website.
The label art done by Marcus Christy is very cool. It takes the zombie theme and applies it to a main ingredient, cherries. One cherry is killing the another zombie cherry with a sword while cherry juice blood is splattered everywhere. The bottle says this is "an apple-honey wine with cherry juice added". 500 mL bottle.
So I wasn't expecting a Salmon-pink drink but that's what I got. The aroma is composed of honey, juicy cherries and some wine-like qualities. I'm not really sure what to expect as this is the first mead I've had. Tart cherries and honey sweetness collide in harmony (I was hoping that was a unique phrase but Google returned over 10,000 results, LOL). Quite the juicy little thing going on here.
Apple cidery zip, dry finish, delicious juiciness. The carbonation adds a nice little touch of effervescence that brings the flavors to the tip of your tongue. Very enjoyable. I might have to try other meads. About halfway through the bottle, I started looking around the internets for some other opinions about this. I found Sud Savant's review and probably lifted a word or two. Thanks!