Monday, May 6, 2013

Chatoe Rogue First Growth 19 Original Colonies Mead

Chatoe Rogue 19 Original Colonies Mead
Chatoe Rogue 19 Original Colonies Mead
Hey everyone, glad you could make it!  One of my New Year's beer resolutions was to branch out and try some styles of fermented beverages which I don't normally enjoy.  One of these was mead, which seem to slowly be growing more popularity here in the U.S.  A few weeks ago I picked up the 19 Original Colonies Mead from Rogue Ales.  This mead is made using honey from bees that are kept at Rogue Farms in Oregon.  It is part of their Chatoe Rogue "movement," where Rogue brews beers (and mead) using all ingredients grown at Rogue Farms.  Other beers from Chatoe Rogue are Roguenier Rye Ale, Good Chit Pilsner, Pumpkin Patch Ale and Single Malt Ale.  Enough about the other stuff, let's taste the 19 Original Colonies Mead!

Chatoe Rogue 19 Original Colonies Mead
Chatoe Rogue 19 Original Colonies Mead
19 Original Colonies Mead
Mead
Chatoe Rogue 19 Original Colonies Mead
Chatoe Rogue 19 Original Colonies Mead
Rogue's 19 Original Colonies Mead pours a cloudy yellow color that never clear up.  There is some fizz as it pours, but only a small head develops, and quickly dissipates.  A champagne like carbonation is visible.  The aroma is floral, fruity and sweet.  I have to make another reference to champagne here, because it smells an awful lot like the champagnes I get served to toast with at a wedding.  Upfront, Rogue's mead has flavors of flowers and honey.  After the flowers and honey, a bit of bitter green tea comes to the forefront, and is followed by an astringent and dry finish.  A light and fizzy body is maintained throughout the drink.

Overall:  This is not quite what I remember from the mead I used to drink in college, but contrary to the reviews I've seen RateBeer, it is pretty tasty, and a mead I'm glad I decided to purchase.  I think I would prefer to try this mead with something other than green tea leaves added, because I think it detracts from the flavor.  I will definitely be trying more mead, hopefully sooner rather than later!

Have you had Chatoe Rogue 19 Original Colonies Mead?  What did you think of it?  Feel free to use the comments section below!

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4 comments:

  1. Nice review, Ryan!

    Is this a traditional mead - honey, water, and yeast - or a braggot - honey, malt, water, yeast, hops?

    I make traditional mead, and am always on the lookout to try commercial versions.

    Just curious. Definitely going to try it soon!

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  2. Thanks Oliver, and thanks for reading!

    I am pretty sure it would be considered traditional. The bottle states that only 5 ingredients are used: 2 types of honey, water, champagne yeast and green tea leaves. It was the cheapest mead I had seen around, going for $6 or $7 for a 22 oz. bottle.

    Mead is on my list to homebrew, but I want to sample the field a little bit first. It will help me decide which mead style I'd like to brew!

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    1. I have an awesome recipe for vanilla sack mead, if you're interested!

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    2. I had to google that....your post was the first result! That was a great post by the way, and sounds delicious. How did that mead end up turning out?

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