Leatherwood Honey Mead

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I'm looking at some options for a really special traditional mead, and I came across Tasmanian Leatherwood honey.

Has anyone ever tried this honey or a mead made from it?

The tasting notes are a bit odd, so I want to know if I'm gonna spend a lot of money to make something with too weird of a flavor.
 

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So I decided to splurge and buy a small 12oz jar of the leatherwood honey. Should be good for a 375mL and a 500mL bottle as a test batch.

The aroma is very floral, but in a good way. Some tropical fruit notes as well, and some things I can't quite figure out. Very complex. The taste is surprisingly light. The floral notes are there but balanced by some acidity and fruitiness. Reminds me of the ikea elderflower juice in a way. This is a truly remarkable honey, and I would be shocked if it made a mead that was anything less than phenomenal.

I pitched D47 today with an OG of 1.100. I saved about 1-2 oz of the honey for backsweetening, and will be adding FermO but in smaller doses than TOSNA recommends. Can't wait to see how this turns out!
 

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Looking forward to hearing how this goes ... Leatherwood honey has a very particular taste that most people either love or hate. I'm not a fan but in mead form it could be really interesting!
 

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Looking forward to hearing how this goes ... Leatherwood honey has a very particular taste that most people either love or hate. I'm not a fan but in mead form it could be really interesting!
I'll keep you updated! It's fermenting away happily at the moment, SG 1.079.

If I can ask, what specifically don't you like about the leatherwood honey? Is it the aroma or something in the taste that you aren't a fan of?
 

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It's got a really intense floral flavour, almost spicy / bitter .. I hated it as a kid (spent part of my childhood in Tasmania and we had it pretty regularly because mum & dad loved it) but now I can appreciate it and would certainly want to give it a go as a mead.
 

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SG is down to 1.006, so I racked off the gross lees to secondary to let is degas and clear.

Aroma: definitely floral, though not in a sickly sweet way. Like walking into a flower shop with a citrus tree outside. Fresh and light.

Taste: young so it's a bit flat at the moment. Getting some pear, tropical fruit (pineapple/mango), lemon citrus, and floral undertones. Slight acidity. Will probably backsweeten a bit with the remaining leatherwood honey.
 

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Bavksweetened (with remaining leatherwood honey) and bottled yesterday. I went up to 1.040 SG, which is a lot sweeter than I normally do, but I felt this batch could take it. The honey is light and not syrupy, so it didn't have any cloying sweetness even at that level.

Maybe just because it's young, but I noticed that the tropical fruit flavors were very muted but the floral aroma and taste were fairly pronounced. That's part of the reason I backsweetened so much, to bring out more of the sweet fruit flavors. Time will tell, but I have only 2 bottles so if it' too flowery it's not a big loss.

Planning to let this bottle age a few months, will update with tasting notes when I crack open a bottle in the fall.
 
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