ClubGonzo’s Castagnero

Mead, 13.8% ABV.

A single honey mead made from Spanish chestnut honey – sounds expensive!

It pours a clear deep golden colour, without any head.

The honey aroma is strong, and has a quite dark quality without crossing the border to burnt sugar or dark caramel.

It has a strong flavour of dark honey, this is very far from light heather honey. It feels quite nutty, but I’m not sure if that’s because it says so on the label… There is also a faint nail-polish remover background that I don’t like that much.

It’s a very sweet mead, without any additions to round the sweetness off, so it’s not exactly a session mead. It doesn’t have many flaws (except the hints of nail-polish remover), but still it’s no winner in my book.

Conclusion: a straightforward mead made from a special honey (with an off-taste)

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 2.9/5.0

One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Castagnero

  1. Really? I’ve yet to meet anyone
    not taking an instant liking to this one, and it is clearly on my top 5 list of home-made meads. Never heard anyone mention the nail polish remover tones either. Maybe this is over the top noe (I can’t check, since I have no bottles left) but I rather suspect your somewhat sensitive palate to be the cause of this fault-finding Terje. 😛 Oh well, this will be brewed again some time in the future, is my guess. So you might have to revisit. 😉

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