Though Moonlight Meadery makes a lot of different mead varieties, Kurt’s Apple Pie is one of their initial offerings and biggest sellers to date. Rightly so. It’s a great standby sweet cyser.
One of our biggest selling meads made from local apple cider with Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon spice added. Get your piece of the pie! This mead is a great after dinner dessert wine that is a perfect finish to any holiday meal.
It pours a light, clear straw color. The aroma is excellent. Lots of sweet apple, cinnamon and a little bit of floral honey as it opens up. The first sip is sweet right away. There is a good cooked-apple flavor throughout with some earthy/grain flavors (i guess making up the pie crust). There is little spice. cinnamon primarily but there is also some clove and vanilla flavors. Its around 17% alcohol, but its barely noticeable. The boozy, alcohol flavors show up a little on the tail end of the sip.
Overall, its a nice sweet honey-wine that works well as an after dinner drink with a dessert, in a dessert, or even as a mixer for a bourbon cocktail.
I would really like a description on the bottle, or even the website about who Kurt is. Who is kurt and why was this delicious mead named after him? I feel as though there is powerful brand loyalty potential in explaining the stories around unique naming of beverages. Just think about the stories dogfish head tells about some of their beers like the Palo Santo Marron among others.
I could make one up for you….
Kurt was a poor kid growing up in the small town of Milford, NH. He and his 4 siblings never had enough to eat. His father died years ago from a mill accident and his mother is just scraping enough money together to put a small amount of food on the table. Kurt helped his mother out by doing odd jobs but it never seemed like enough. One day walking home from helping out a local carpenter frame a house, little kurt, only 11 at the time saw an apple pie cooling on a window sill. He stole the pie for his mom and siblings. As his family ate the delicious pie, his act ate away at him. He never forgot that act of stealing, and vowed to make it right. As a hard worker, Kurt got a job at a local brewery and quickly worked his way up to management by the age of 20. While at the brewery, he worked on side projects, and was really interested in mead making. The first recipe he perfected was the “Apple Pie.” He delivered a case of this mead to the woman he stole the pie from so many years ago to repay his debt and clear his conscience.
This will be the story in my mind until somebody from Moonlight corrects me.