Typically December 7th is used to celebrate The Feast of St. Ambrose or, my personal favorite of the Hungarian Holidays, “Extra Work Day.” Those people know how to party! But, as we’ve all said at one time or another, why should Hungary have all the fun?
Lost Cause Meadery has the solution for that. Saturday, December 7th will also be host to their second anniversary. The occasion will be marked by small batch mead releases, raffles for Lost Cause merch, bottle discounts, and special food pairings from The Good Seed Food Co. However, the most exciting event by far is their annual unveiling of a unique and profound piece of art – the anniversary mead tasting notes.
I know great art is subjective and prone to personal bias. For example, my bias is that I happened to write these descriptions. Still, I am a critic first and foremost and I have to objectively say that my genius is beyond reproach and the world is a far better place because of my work here. Again, objectively speaking.
Unfortunately, logistics demand that not everyone in the known universe will be able to join in the festivities at the Miramar tasting room. Tragic as that may be, there is a silver lining. I have been granted special dispensation to share the tasting notes in advance of the event. Sure, it’s only 95% as good as actually being there, but there’s only so much I can do.
(Full disclosure: I was compensated by Lost Cause Meadery as part of a freelance writing gig to generate these descriptions for the event. However, there was no additional incentive provided for promotion or otherwise. I just thought it would be fun to share.)
MEAD LIST & TASTING NOTES:
Making Bones – 20% abv – Bochet-style fortified cherry mead made with caramelized honey & almonds, aged on American oak.
As you tenderly sip this liquid poem to excess, you will encounter boisterous cherry countered by notes of Amaretto, toffee, and absolutely no bone-y flavors. We cannot stress that last part enough. We are committed to keeping all of our meads 100% bone-free.
Even Shadier – 14% abv – Bochet-style mead with caramelized honey, rum-soaked toasted pecans, toasted coconut, chicory and vanilla, then aged in rum & maple syrup barrels.
Words like “decadent” get thrown around a lot with mead. So when we tell you the praline-esque sweetness, savory nuttiness, and warming spice of this rum-addled bochet was decadent enough to summon the spirit of Liberace so he could advise “Wow. Maybe dial it back a bit?”, you know the moniker is deserved.
Heavy Meadow – 12% abv – Mead with meadowfoam honey, blackberries and Petit Sirah grapes.
The collision of jammy blackberry, chewy vanilla, soft tannins, and vivid acidity in Heavy Meadow reminds of our favorite seasonal cocktail – red wine topped with marshmallow fluff. Needless to say, there’s a reason we went into mead rather than mixology.
Cobblered To Death – 13% abv – Bochet-style mead with caramelized honey, peaches, apricots, cinnamon and vanilla.
Inviting notes of vanilla and caramel coax your palate toward the hearth, further welcoming it with juicy peach and mulling spice. This mead is like a homecoming in a glass, a fitting tribute to our dear Aunt Ellie, who we lost in The Great Cobblerslide of ‘03.
Chasing Alice – 13% abv – Mead with meadowfoam honey and candy cap mushrooms.
Candy cap mushrooms are magical. No, not that way. Sure, we’d love to package this with a Pink Floyd album, but you’ll have to savor them purely on the basis of their fragrant maple notes. You can always enjoy this later with a psilocybin chaser if you wish.
Lemon’s Cello – 12% abv – Mead with orange blossom honey and lemons.
Did you know that Danny DeVito has his own line of Limoncello? It’s true. It is the only liqueur he makes. So it stands to reason that the uniquely vibrant Lemonhead-esque sweetness and supple citrus aromas of this quaff would qualify it as the only mead in the world that is 100% Danny DeVito Approved. Suck on that, Superstition Meadery.
Slow Draw – 18% abv – Mead with Brazilian peppercorn blossom honey, aged in bourbon barrels.
Once we joined Brazilian pink peppercorn’s subtle woodiness and rousing spice with bourbon’s waffle cone notes, we knew we had something that both mead and bourbon fans could enjoy. Soon after, an armistice was reached in the horrific Mead/Bourbon wars. Peace reigned anew.
Raspberry Envie – 11% abv – Mead with wildflower honey and raspberries aged on French oak.
Many feel that this mead’s provocative notes of hibiscus, wood, and raspberry are reminiscent of a semi-dry pinot noir. We disagree. Pinot noir is like our mead, not the other way around. You hear that, pinot noir? Your oenophiles are ours now. Your days numbered!
Bolt Fan Blues – 11.5% abv – Mead with orange blossom honey, blueberries and lemons.
Just a year ago the “blues” here was a double entendre, referencing both the snappy blueberries in the mead and collective melancholy over the Chargers’ departure to L.A. One healing year later, only the blueberry notes remain…unless you count the bluish hue of their bruised and battered record this season. Man, we love taking the low road.
La Vie Miel – 12% abv – Mead with raspberry blossom honey, Sauvignon Blanc grapes, ginger, rosehips and lemon zest.
Mead isn’t always for confectionary indulgence – sometimes it’s about refinement. For example, the sparing sweetness of white peach with hints of green apple in this mead are playfully accented by the restrained tang of freshly zested lemons and ginger. It pairs well with Grey Poupon, caviar, wearing a monocle, or other things we assume are classy.
Gin Barrel-Aged Harmonic Sequence – 19% abv – Mead with Brazilian pink pepper blossom honey, Satsuma mandarin zest, cinnamon, and pink peppercorns, aged for one year in a Seven Caves gin barrel.
You know what? Screw subtlety. An anniversary is no time to be coy and this drink is bonkers. It’s an unholy alliance between mead and gin that will simultaneously ring in the Christmas season and help you forget it.