My first mead: JOAM, made as per the recipe, except I didn't add any spices except the orange, and used 71B yeast. Made october 10, 2011. Bottled December 29, 2011. Tasted today, February 5, 2012. I've never really tasted mead before, but I think this is delicious! I can mainly taste the orange, with a hint of honey in the background. Quite dry, but very pleasant.
Dangerously easy to drink! The calculated 14 % abv isn't noticable at all! How will this end? OG was 1.102, FG 0.999.
A couple of big pics of my "Lighthouse Girl" (from cell phone camera):
(some stirred up sediment there in the second picture)