This mead has soul. Berry White, a 2014 mazer cup gold medal winner comes from Arizona based Superstition Meadery. This is a unique mead unlike any other I’ve tried. Everything about it is intense, full-bodied and robust starting with the deep purple color. (Barry White sings smoke on the water?)
Even though I served it slightly chilled (which tends to dull the aroma a bit) the aroma was still strong. Lots of jammy berry notes and some sweet chocolate. Its very thick sitting heavily on the palate, not quite syrupy, and like its namesake it’s very smooth. On first sip, it gives you a roundhouse of raspberry followed by an uppercut of white chocolate. It’s very sweet, but surprisingly balanced with some slight tartness coming from the raspberries.
Nothing about this mead is low-key. Superstition’s Berry White, gives a whole new meaning to “dessert mead.” No need to pair it with anything. I however paired it with a few pieces of dark chocolate, which was quite nice.
It comes in a Grolsch style swing-top botle – clear so you can see the beautiful color. The color of the mead however competes against the purple of the label. There’s no need to color the label like this when the bottle is clear.
There are many poor design choices in the label, but I do like the simplicity and elegance of the black and gold tag at the top of the bottle (even though there is no cohesion with the rest of the bottle). I also like the addition of the hand written batch numbers. This shows the care and craft that goes into each bottle. Almost like the brewers signature. It’s similar to an fine art print, which in many ways this well crafted mead is a work of art.