Summer Solstice is a Madeira barrel aged traditional wildflower mead. Solstice was drawn from two different Madeira barrels as part of a Solera. A portion is drawn from both barrels every Solstice for consumption. Each barrel has different characteristics which will be fun to explore as we continue to add, age, and bottle every Solstice.
This semi-sweet mead is made with the nectar of the flowering blueberry bush, and huge plump New Jersey blueberries. We aged it in Pinot Noir barrels until we got just the right amount of vanilins and earthy red character from them. The result? A beautiful sipping experience that tastes of the nectar and the fruit...one to be savored. This is a nice counterpunch when served alongside some pungent Chevre.
This semi-sweet mead is crafted with orange blossom honey. It is then infused with luscious Egyptian Hibiscus Flowers, Hibiscus Tea, and dry hopped with Sorachi Ace hops. The hops reinforce the herbal quality of the hibiscus, and impart a subtle lemon note to the mead. The tart fruitiness of this mead pairs well with fatty meats, blue cheese, and conspiracies.