What is Mead?
As Mead makers, we love to give people our creations and in turn have been asked this question hundreds of times… “What is Mead?“
Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices or hops. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage is derived from honey. It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.
What does Mead taste like?
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.
Types of Mead:
Traditional: The most basic mead which is just honey and water. Honey itself can come in many different unique flavors which can really change the profile of any mead. Orange Blosson, Raspberry, Mesquite, Basswood, Rosemary and Wildflower are a few different types of honey which can greatly change the flavor. Whatever the bees are pollinating can alter the property of the honey!
Session Mead: Using any combination of the below for flavor, but is typically only 4%-7% Abv and typically carbonated to provide better mouthfeel and flavor.
Melomel: Melomel is made from honey and any fruit such as Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Cherry or Grapefruit….
Pyment: A pyment is a mead made from the fermentation of a blend of grapes and honey
Metheglin: Metheglin is traditional mead with herbs or spices added. Some of the most common metheglins are ginger, tea, orange peel, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, cloves or vanilla.
Acerglyn: A mead made with honey and maple syrup.
Bochet: A mead where the honey is caramelized or burned separately before adding the water. Yields toffee, caramel, chocolate and toasted marshmallow flavors.
Capsicumel: A mead flavored with chilli peppers, the peppers may be hot or mild.
Cyser: A blend of honey and apple juice fermented together
Rhodomel: Rhodomel is made from honey, rose hips, rose petals or rose attar, and water.
Types of Honey:
MESQUITE BLOSSOM HONEY– Mesquite Honey is a lightly floral and pleasantly mild honey produced in the Desert Southwest of the US and Northern Mexico.
ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY- Orange blossom honey, often a combination of citrus sources, is usually light in color and mild in flavor with a fresh fruity scent, and a fragrant citrus taste. Orange blossom honey originated from Spain/ Mexico but is produced in many countries including Florida, Southern California and Texas.
WILDFLOWER HONEY- Also known as “multifloral” or “mixed floral” honey, Wildflower is often used to describe honey varieties from miscellaneous and undefined flower sources. Its colour can vary from very light to dark and flavor range from light and fruity to tangy and rich, depending on the mix from the different seasonal wildflowers.
CLOVER HONEY- Clover honey is honey that has been harvested from bees that have gathered nectar from a majority of clover. … Clover honey varies in color from very white to extra light amber and has a mild, delicate flavor.