Four Must-Have Meads

August 17, 2015 | By | Comments (5)

What was once thought to truly be the nectar of the gods, mead is making a powerful return into the hearts and glasses of people across the country and the globe. One of the world’s oldest fermented drinks, mead is a combination of honey, water, and yeast. Thanks to the surge in popularity, some meaderies are now experimenting with the addition of fruits and spices.

From the newbie to the experienced connoisseur, here’s our list of meads to not miss.

Starrllight

For the beginner:
If you’re new to the world of mead and not sure where to begin, Starrlight Mead’s award-winning Traditional Off-Dry should be your first stop. This North Carolina mead is easy to drink, and while it may be a little on the sweet side at first taste, the acidity grows with every sip. Perfect for those warm summer days and nights and everything in between.

Heidrun

For the champagne lover:
If you like a little sparkle and fizz, don’t miss Heidrun Meadery’s California Orange Blossom. This dry and citrusy varietal is perfect alternative to the traditional mimosa. The champagne-style of producing mead makes this meadery especially unique. And with Heidrun being next door neighbors to the best of California wine country, it makes sense why this honey wine is so delicious—there must be something in the water.

SkyRiver

For the dessert enthusiast:
Savor Sky River’s Sweet Mead after dinner and when the dessert is flowing. This thick varietal is perfect for the mead lover and long conversations that last well into the evening. Using only the best fruit and honey from the state of Washington, Sky River’s quality and richness is apparent in every sip. There’s a reason that this meadery has won so many awards—it’s just that good.

RabbitsFoot

For the sherry lover:
Grab a cozy chair, and settle down for the evening with a glass of Rabbit’s Foot Meadery’s Melia. This gorgeous varietal is the California meadery’s signature. Although made with only orange blossom honey, the citrus tones change and continue to surprise the palate in the best possible way. No wonder this delicious treat was served at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry.

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COMMENTS

  1. deirdrebeth

    Rabbit’s Foot’s drinks are amazing. Anyone in, or visiting, the Bay Area should definitely drop in for a taster!

    September 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm
  2. Stars Continue to Align for Starrlight Mead | Discover Chatham

    […] Recently, Cooking Light featured Starrlight Mead as one of their picks for four must-have meads, with a nod to newbies, they recommended the award-winning Traditional Off-Dry. We certainly agree and asked the Starrs for other worthy mentions and they suggested the Off-dry Traditional (Bronze medal winner at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, March 2015) and the Pomegranate Pink Peppercorn and Semi-sweet Traditional (Silver this year!) Which is the medal in this version of the picture. Just a side note, entries at the competition included 3,700+ wines and competition was among 27 countries! […]

    August 26, 2015 at 8:58 am
  3. Bobbyearl

    Have you ever tried any other meads than the ones you listed?

    August 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm
  4. Call LawyerDave

    What about any of these internationally rated meads?

    1 Schramm’s The Heart of Darkness 55 14.0% 4.32
    2 Superstition Berry White 32 13.5% 4.3
    3 Sahtipaja MeadMe 14 13.0% 4.21
    4 Schramm’s The Statement – Reserve 41 14.0% 4.2
    5 Schramm’s Black Agnes 64 14.0% 4.19
    6 Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel French Toast Mead 131 16.0% 4.19
    7 Superstition Blue Berry White 30 13.5% 4.17
    8 Schramm’s Madeline New 10 14.0% 4.13
    9 Apis Póltorak Jadwiga 555 16.0% 4.11
    10 Superstition Aphrodisia Pyment – Cabernet 16 14.0% 4.11
    11 Schramm’s The Statement 79 14.0% 4.07
    12 Schramm’s Raspberry 67 14.0% 4.02
    13 Schramm’s Apple 36 14.0% 4.01
    14 Medovina Sweet Melissa 94 14.0% 4
    15 Superstition Aphrodisia Pyment – Cabernet/Syrah 26 14.0% 3.99
    16 Schramm’s Cranberry New 10 14.0% 3.99
    17 Schramm’s Nutmeg 42 13.0% 3.98
    18 Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Banana Bochet French Toast (B4FT) Mead 19 14.0% 3.97
    19 Kuhnhenn Coconut Caramel Creme (Cream) Mead 35 16.0% 3.97
    20 B. Nektar #dragonsarereal 42 14.0% 3.96
    21 B. Nektar Cherry Chipotle Mead 147 14.0% 3.95
    22 Superstition Marion Mead – Sparkling 32 13.5% 3.94
    23 B. Nektar Apple Pi 55 12.0% 3.92
    24 Brothers Drake Apple Pie 41 13.0% 3.92
    25 B. Nektar Episode 13 99 15.5% 3.89
    26 Superstition Ragnarok 16 15.0% 3.87
    27 Kuhnhenn Manhattan Project 62 17.0% 3.85
    28 Schramm’s Ginger 63 14.0% 3.84
    29 B. Nektar Miel de Garde #1 55 14.0% 3.84
    30 Schramm’s Blackberry 72 14.0% 3.84
    31 B. Nektar The Zombies Take Manhattan 135 12.0% 3.84
    32 Moonlight Meadery Kurt’s Apple Pie 87 16.8% 3.84
    33 Kuhnhenn Chocolate Raspberry Port Pyment 14 14.7% 3.83
    34 Schramm’s Black Heart 28 14.0% 3.83
    35 Superstition Tahitian Honeymoon Mead 37 13.5% 3.81
    36 Wild Blossom Nau-t-gal / Nau-t-guy 82 15.0% 3.81
    37 Dwojniak Koronny 41 16.0% 3.81
    38 Dwojniak Maliniak 37 16.0% 3.8
    39 Apis Dwójniak Kurpiowski 225 16.0% 3.8
    40 Dwojniak AM 40 16.0% 3.79
    41 New Day Imperial Breakfast Magpie 48 10.0% 3.79
    42 Superstition Aphrodisia Pyment – Syrah/Grenache 14 14.0% 3.78
    43 B. Nektar Dread Pirate Paul 15 16.0% 3.77
    44 New Day Breakfast Magpie 56 8.0% 3.77
    45 Kuhnhenn Double Raspberry Truffle Pyment 22 13.0% 3.76
    46 Schramm’s Small Batch Ginger 20 14.0% 3.76
    47 Superstition Honey Highway 34 12.0% 3.76
    48 Kuhnhenn Chocolate Orange Port Pyment 29 15.0% 3.75
    49 Superstition Marion Mead – Still 31 13.5% 3.75
    50 Apis Póltorak Lubelski 48 16.0% 3.74

    August 19, 2015 at 5:18 am
  5. Denise k

    Do NOT agree. Ken schramms should be on the list

    August 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

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