Structure is common in the mead world, and it takes on a different meaning depending on the author. However, this mead lover defines structure as a combination of sweetness, carbonation, acid, tannin, alcohol, body, and finish.
Here is a brief description of each component.
- Acid – how wet does the palate get from drinking the mead?
- Tannin – how dry does the mead feel on the palate?
- Body – think about drinking water and some heavy cream, each weighs within the mouth. This sensation is the body.
- Sweetness – sorry, folks, humans cannot smell sweet; however, the sweetness comes across in taste. Mead can be dry, having very little sweetness to sweet, like taking a tablespoon of honey.
- Carbonation – this can be very soft to strongly carbonated. Carbonation can not only enhance aromatics but the body as well.
- Complexity – how the mead changes from the first sip to finish. Is the mead a three-note chord or a symphony of flavors on the palate?
- Alcohol – ranging from gentle to harsh, alcohol provides a range of sensations from burning, smooth, noticeable, or pleasant.
- Finish – what sensations and tastes does the mead leave in the mouth and throat after swallowing the mead?
Challenge the senses and taste next time during the next glass of mead. See what components of structure the palate can find.