Originally Posted by The_petrodactyl
I have just finished racking now, and I am a little bit disappointed by the taste testing. Once again there was no off-tastes, maybe a little bit sour. But very little honey and apple taste.
The alcohol contends was between 13% and 17%. At what temperature should I store it?
When you say "very little honey..taste" , you are not expecting the taste to be "sweet", right? The taste will be of the honey with very little to no sweetness. Depending on the quality of your honey and the varietal of honey there may be more or less honey flavor and that flavor may need - as others have said - many, many months to come forward.
One thing you might try is to back sweeten your mead- stabilize and add more honey. The sweetness may help bring out the flavor of the honey.
You might also want to test the pH of your mead. It may be too acidic and so out of balance - the level of acidity may be hiding the subtle flavors offered by the honey.
Last point, some meads need to be drunk cold and others at higher temperatures to bring out the flavors of the honey. If you are drinking yours chilled, try opening the bottle and allowing it to reach room temperature. If you are drinking it at room temperature you might trying chilling it to see if this helps.. Just my 2 cents.