I picked up a bottle of the Fling from Moonlight Meadery when I toured their facility. It was one that stood out among the many, many meads Moonlight has to offer, and I thought it needed a bit more exploration. Therefore, it was one of three bottles I grabbed on my way out. Here is moonlight Meadery’s description of Fling:
This mead is a ménage a trios between the honey, strawberries, and rhubarb. Tart from the rhubarb, sweet from the honey and strawberries. Tease your senses… enjoy this semi-sweet wine with a wide variety of dishes.
I of course used the tasting glass I got from the meadery – that’s what it’s for right? It always gives me a little satisfaction when I have the properly branded glass for the drink i’m consuming. It’s even better when it happens accidentally – when you grab a random glass from the cabinet to pour your drink, and you later realize the coincidence. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, you don’t have enough branded glassware – or you don’t consume enough.
It poured a flat, rosy red color, with significant legs (as any good fling should have). The aroma was very nice – reminded me of a good strawberry rhubarb pie. The first sip reminded me of why I went home with it in the first place (pun intended?). It was sweet, but there was some nice tartness that came through from the rhubarb. The rhubarb flavor was almost absent, but I think it was useful to add some balance the sweetness of the strawberries and honey. Though the first couple of sips were quite enjoyable, continuing to drink a full glass, I became a little less thrilled with it. It started to lean a little cough-syrupy. I guess that’s why the name is quite fitting. It’s intriguing for a little bit, but the more time you spend with it, you tire of the lack of depth and character. It’s definitely worth a taste though.