Friday, April 6, 2012

Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser

Today I'm drinking Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser produced by 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.

This mead really coats the palate, though my preconceived notion that it was going to be syrupy was incorrect (NOT the first time today). It has some body but the tart zing really keeps the sweeter aspects at bay. I'm not sure why I'm surprised by how much this resembles a wine. After all, even the label calls it a wine. And I am too lazy to go see what the definition of a mead is, though I think it has to do with the honey. The acidic nature along with the feel the 6% alcohol provides really contribute to that attribute.

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!


Lost said...

Did you check out my review? This stuff is FANTASTIC!


Vanessa P said...

Sounds like something I would like!

Sud Savant said...

Oh yeah! I haven't had a bad mead from them yet. Good work.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Lost. Yeah I saw that you enjoyed it a lot.

Vanessa, I'm sure you'd like it. Very fruity with that nice touch of sweetness.

Sud. This was the first mead I've ever had (I think). Will try another eventually.

Meadist said...

Its great to see beer drinkers making the leap to mead! B. Nektar definitely does a great job engaging non mead drinkers.

Check out my Zombie Killer Cyser Review as well. Let me know what you think of the post and my new mead blog:

Keep up the good work!

Mario Rivera said...

I brought home a bottle Saturday night for my gal. She never put it down until it was empty.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Mario.

That sounds about right! Good stuff.