I did talk to some friends who are judges/training to be judges and got this advice for meads:
Just be aware that with meads, hedonism is an important factor. If a dry melomel is what you're going for, then so be it, just don't expect it to score well relative to others that may be semi-dry or sweet or whatever. It's never as simple as black and white with mead. Dryness can be perceived as a flaw, particularly with a raspberry melomel that is utilizing a tart fruit that dries out and adds a tannic character. Mead judging is a very different beast than beer judging, at any rate.
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