Generally the things you describe will age out. Cyser, when young can have a lot of fusel and other very harsh flavors that can really make you wonder if it's going to age out well. Generally it does, so I'd recommend giving it a year and trying it again.intothefray said:Being both impatient and curious to what a young aged mead tastes like I opened a bottle of my Cyser a few weeks ago . . . Ever since I've been considering the chances of opening more and pouring them out to salvage the bottles. The cyser has the NASTIEST bitter carpet and motor oil taste. I drank some when I bottled and it didn't taste ANYTHING like that. There was a little bit of gunniness to it, but I just assumed it to be the chemicals.