You got me with mother in law
I have little reference tastwise unfortunately. Most tasted "strong" don't know if it's on yeast, alcohol,... I can say that they tasted a little bit like that at first racking (but much stronger then).
I have them in corked bottles now, will see if they mellow.
It's just that when I see some videos about drinkable mead after a month or so, I was like "what? did I buy the wrong 'mead-yeast', did I add to little air in first,... First rack tasted like shnothing at all
The ciders are much easier on the mouth... (and nose)