That is a question with many answers. One of the biggest misconceptions about mead is that, because it is made from honey, it “has to be” sweet. That is not necessarily the case. Mead can vary in sweetness ranging from sweet, semi-sweet, and down to dry (not sweet). Flavors in mead can also vary with the addition of fruits, juices, and spices, or even combinations thereof. Also, just as with grape wine, mead can vary in flavor and aroma quite a bit depending on the varietal of honey used. In the end, mead can be whatever you want it to be.