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Brad Dahlhofer
06-24-2009, 12:34 PM
The first commercial release of Ken Schramm's Heart of Darkness is bottled and is expected to be released in just over a week.

Only 110 bottles were produced of this first edition release. Each bottle is signed and numbered by Ken, and dipped in wax.

You can purchase them online at www.winebuys.com.
They will ship to: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, LA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, SC, TX, VA, WA, WV, WY

WARNING: Only 110 bottles of this mead were produced this year. It took up the majority of Ken's crop. For this reason, bottles are not cheap. Winebuys is currently listing them for $91 for a 375ml.

DESCRIPTION: Meadmaker Ken Schramm crafted the Heart of Darkness exclusively from his home grown fruit. This mead represents a true labor of love. Hand-picked and hand pitted morello cherries were fermented with black currants, red raspberries and Michigan honey from Larry Yates Sawmill Lake Apiaries. Virtually all of a seasons fruit production was used in this inaugural batch, limiting its production to a small number of individually signed and numbered bottles. The Heart of Darkness was free run, un-fined and unfiltered, yielding a deep, intense character. It pairs beautifully with grilled meats, bleu cheese, and dark chocolate. We appreciate your patronage, and hope you enjoy this bottle.


Cheers,

BrewinNColorado
06-24-2009, 04:57 PM
Brad, thanks for the info!

For everyone else... I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Ken at MCI and was fortunate enough to be able to try a glass of his mead (though I was not worthy to be in his presence). I believe this is the one that I tried, and I have to say that it was the best mead that I have ever tasted. Ken is truly a great person at heart and a phenomenal mead maker. The mead had such a dark color that it actually stained the glass and no words can explain the flavour. It is definately a drink of the gods.

I highly recommend that you buy a bottle, it is well worth every drop.

`Michael`

Brad Dahlhofer
06-24-2009, 09:27 PM
Thanks for those kind words Michael. We feel truly blessed to be able to work with Ken and release his meads under our label.

Here are some pictures of the label. The front label will be signed and numbered in that large white space. The outside edges will be printed with gold foil.

wildoates
06-24-2009, 09:48 PM
Impressive! Way out of my price range, but darned impressive!

ken_schramm
06-26-2009, 09:41 AM
Your comments are much appreciated, Michael, and please understand that the world would be a lot better place if we all learned that everyone is worthy to be in anyone else's presence. We're all just a bunch of people trying to get by and have some fun along the way. I'm really happy you liked the mead, and I hope it gave you a few moments of genuine, unfettered happiness and pleasure. That is what mead is for, and frankly, my happiness comes from you liking it.

I am sorry that the tariff is so stiff, but Brad and I discussed what it would take to separate me from an entire year of the mead I so love sharing with my friends, family and those who show up to hear me talk at places around the country. I used to say that, "the house rules are in effect: if you want some HoD, just come over to my house, and you can drink as much as you want (safely!)," but I can't even say that anymore, as the previous batches are all but gone, and last year's production is now in bottles at B. Nektar. Due to the production drop of my fruit this year, there won't be a commercial batch this season. It'll be a while before the HoD is unreservedly available to those I love.

Here's hoping those who buy it, love it. I think it's pretty good.

Ken

wildoates
06-26-2009, 11:06 AM
Far be it from me to deny a man the right to an honest profit from his labor, Ken! It's just that this humble schoolteacher's budget just doesn't have room for some of the finer things in life, alas!

I have to settle for some of the slightly-less-than-finer things in life. :)

cam07ds
06-26-2009, 01:30 PM
Brad, thanks for the info!

For everyone else... I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Ken at MCI and was fortunate enough to be able to try a glass of his mead (though I was not worthy to be in his presence). I believe this is the one that I tried, and I have to say that it was the best mead that I have ever tasted. Ken is truly a great person at heart and a phenomenal mead maker. The mead had such a dark color that it actually stained the glass and no words can explain the flavour. It is definately a drink of the gods.

I highly recommend that you buy a bottle, it is well worth every drop.

`Michael`

I was also fortunate enough to meet Ken at MCI and taste this fantastic mead. Even if it is not from this first commercial batch. I just ordered my bottle. The only problem is I dont know if i will ever be able to drink it.

Have a great day every one.
Steve

Speedy
06-26-2009, 11:38 PM
Ken while you may call yourself - Just some guy who wrote a book - to me and many of us you are a 'hero' of sorts. I look forward to the day that I can meet you and chat about mead.

You have started me down a hobby that has brought joy and let me know that even though I thought I had patience, mead is a whole different game.

Thank you and I hope that I can get a bottle of the HoD.

Brad Dahlhofer
07-01-2009, 01:38 PM
The day draws closer. Yesterday the bottles were dipped in wax and sealed with the B. Nektar bee. I've attached some photos.

The labels are supposed to be here no later than Friday.

Thanks to those that have already ordered or reserved your bottles.

wildoates
07-01-2009, 04:38 PM
VERY nice.

Brad Dahlhofer
07-03-2009, 11:19 AM
The day has finally come. The labels were delivered yesterday. They look fantastic! As they should for a mead of this quality. The gold foil is much nicer than we ever expected. Ken is coming out to the meadery to sign and number them before the tasting this evening. He's going to stick around for a while tonight. Anyone lucky enough to live close to the meadery should definitely stop by. I think we're going to open one up!

wayneb
07-03-2009, 11:21 AM
One? Only one????

;D

Glad to hear that the day has finally come, Brad!!

wildoates
07-03-2009, 11:40 AM
Too late to catch a flight! Rats!

skunkboy
07-03-2009, 08:50 PM
After tasting it all I can say is "WOW!"

Brad Dahlhofer
07-30-2009, 11:33 AM
Pictures of the Ken Schramm Heart of Darkness Bottle

Brad Dahlhofer
07-30-2009, 11:34 AM
more pictures of the Heart of Darkness

wayneb
07-30-2009, 11:41 AM
I think the signature in gold ink really lends an element of class to the presentation. Nicely done!

Now if I could just keep mundane expenses like car repairs from taking all my spare cash, I could maybe afford one of them.... :mad:

Brad Dahlhofer
07-30-2009, 11:47 AM
Thanks. We wanted everything about the packaging to be worthy of what is inside. We had a custom die made for the gold foil label. The cork is the finest grade Flor cork. We had a custom wax seal with our bee logo made. And as you pointed out, Ken used a gold paint pen to individually sign and number each one.

There's still about 90 bottles left, so you have a little time. :)

wildoates
07-30-2009, 01:29 PM
Beautiful!

Not a bottle that'd bet get reused. ;)

cam07ds
08-05-2009, 01:15 PM
Mine should be here Thursday but I have but one question. Should I drink it or age it...? I did buy a couple of bottles of the Buckwheat so maybe I can just drink that and hide the other.

Steve

wayneb
08-05-2009, 01:21 PM
Steve, the answer is obvious. You should drink it, and share it with me! ;)

Seriously, this is one that would age well, at least for a few years. If I could afford a few I'd drink one early but put away at least another one for 3-4 years.

Brad Dahlhofer
08-06-2009, 10:27 AM
Mine should be here Thursday but I have but one question. Should I drink it or age it...? I did buy a couple of bottles of the Buckwheat so maybe I can just drink that and hide the other.

Steve

Thanks for your order! The HOD, I'd age for a year or two, but it's already excellent. Enjoy it with some nice chocolate truffles. That's how Ken served it to me and it was fantastic.

Dan McFeeley
08-06-2009, 11:52 AM
Thanks for your order! The HOD, I'd age for a year or two, but it's already excellent. Enjoy it with some nice chocolate truffles. That's how Ken served it to me and it was fantastic.

A name and taste that says Heart of Darkness, and chocolate truffles. Now that is truly decadent!

cam07ds
08-07-2009, 08:59 PM
Thanks for your order! The HOD, I'd age for a year or two, but it's already excellent. Enjoy it with some nice chocolate truffles. That's how Ken served it to me and it was fantastic.

Brad
It arrived yesterday. #39 not sure how I will keep it but its a beautiful bottle and label and I know what is in side will be great. (I think I tasted a earlier version at the MCI this year) We are going to drink up the Buckwheat and hide the HOD for a few years hopefully.
Steve

cam07ds
08-07-2009, 09:00 PM
Steve, the answer is obvious. You should drink it, and share it with me! ;)

Seriously, this is one that would age well, at least for a few years. If I could afford a few I'd drink one early but put away at least another one for 3-4 years.

Well maybe we can share it at the next MCI.

Steve