It's about 10 months after I first pitched the yeast. I racked to secondary @50 days (Could have done it sooner). I bottled at about 4 months.
It has been in the bottles for about 5 months now, and the flavor has mellowed somewhat.
I picked up a nice store-bought mead the other day, Redstone Meadery Traditional Mountain Honey Wine It is very good, and similar to my first attempt at Malkor's NSAOM, so I thought I'd do a side by side comparison.
The color and clarity is almost identical, a nice honey amber, and very clear. I couldn't tell them apart. As for aroma, the store-bought mead had a noticeably stronger pure honey fragrance, though both smelled delicious.
Now for the taste... As predicted by the aroma, the Redstone had a bit more of a honey flavor to it. And my Malkore's was a bit more orangy. I can't really taste the spices in mine... Maybe I can, but I may be mistaking a slightly higher alcohol content for spice. I think mine had a touch higher alcohol content, which is right in line with my 13.5% estimate. The Redstone says 12%.
They are extremely similar. Overall I think the Redstone's is a bit better than mine. But for my first attempt ever, I can't complain at all!
Oh, and at $18/750ml bottle, my Malkore's much less expensive and still ridiculously tasty.
Originally Posted by Headybrew
OK, I bottled this on 2014-04-27.
I couldn't wait any longer. It's tasty!
I'll let it age in the bottles and crack one open now 'n' then to see how it ages...
It clarified fairly well, though it could be slightly better.
Should it taste better warm than cold? Because I think it does, maybe.
I'm thinking about starting a new batch of a different recipe soon. But this was an excellent first attempt.
Thanks to all who have given so much good information in this forum!