Thanks for your swift response. Sometimes, wines (or meads) remind folk of cough medicine. That is certainly more typical when the ABV is quite high (yours isn't according to the label), the pH is relatively "high" (so it is not very acidic) and the wine (or mead) is sweet. And I think that this tends to occur most often with cherry wines and meads. Have you let others taste your mead to check to see whether they get such flavor notes? I see you have a bottle a quarter full. You might ask someone with a good palate to taste that one..