A friend of mine from Michigan was nice enough to send me a bottle of Blueberry Melomel from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. located in Warren Michigan, Kuhnhenn makes award winning beer, wine, and mead. They currently hold the #1 mead spot on Ratebeer.com for their Bourbon Barrel French Toast Mead (which I’m dying to try).
On the Blueberry Melomel bottle, it states: “This still mead is made from sunflower honey and copious amounts of blueberry purée. Fruity yet slightly dry finish.”
It pours a deep, beautiful purple, similar to wine. It has a powerful berry aroma that increases as it warms in the glass. There are also some sweet honey notes fighting through the berry blanket. Blueberry is very prevalent in the taste – as you would expect from their “copious amounts of blueberry purée.” I also get a little blackberry flavor in there as well. The honey is somewhat noticeable in the end, but it quickly dissipates into a a surprisingly tart, tannic finish. The tannic mouthfeel lingers – like sucking on blueberry peels.
Overall not a bad mead. It would be a nice addition to any dessert but not really for general consumption. It’s like eating a mouthful of blueberries, but I can’t decide whether thats a good thing or not.
It came in a green bottle, which was a bit disappointing since the mead has such a great color. It would be nice to see the robust purple liquid through a clear glass. The branding could definitely use an improvement. I appreciate the reverence of the past and the history of the beverage, but there also needs to be contemporary consideration as well. And please bring “still” and “mead” back together – they’re feeling lonely.