About Traditional Mead

About Traditional Mead
Traditional meads should incorporate only honey as a fermentable ingredient, along with water and of course yeast. They can range in character from dry to semi-sweet to sweet, and may be sparkling or still. While not necessarily “traditional”, they may also be fortified and/or barrel-aged. Whether the honey used is a single varietal or a mixture, it is important for a successful traditional mead to evidence the floral nature of the honey; indeed, it should be the defining characteristic. Some acidity is often desired to balance sweetness, but this is not necessary. Lighter versions may be analogous to white wines of corresponding sweetness/dryness, but should present distinctly honeyed emphasis.

Top Picks for Traditional Mead

Martin Brothers  Wildflower Sweet Mead
93 points
$25
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple and pineapple, delicate mint and wintergreen, and dried honey with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of apple and peach sauce, pineapple slices, and lychee finish. A vibrant, refreshing mead that will appealing to gewurztraminer fans.
Awards: 2017 Best Traditional Mead
Martin Brothers  Lucerne Blossom Mead
91 points
$26
Golden yellow color. Floral aromas and flavors of prairie grasses, spearmint, lily, hazelnut liqueur, and lanolin with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with accents of tangerine and melon finish. Mead as mead should be, sweet floral notes blend elegantly with a wild and herbal underbelly.
Sky River Meadery NV Solas Mead
91 points
$26
Yellow straw color. Fruity, attractive, tropical, confected aromas and flavors of coconut papaya compote, frosted pineapple cake, and candied cherries with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and an even, subtle, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of coconut milk, rum raisin cake, and nougat finish. A delicious and fun off-dry mead that is sure to please.
HoneyMaker  Semi-Sweet Mead
91 points
$19
Clear golden straw color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced dried peach, honeycomb, cornichon and nut oil, and cedar pencil with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with shades of raisin compote, spiced nuts, and brown butter finish. A delightfully nutty, savory mead that will shine at the table.
Martin Brothers  Lucerne Blossom Mead
91 points
$26
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked lemon and pear, bamboo shoot, and melted wax with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish manifesting notes of pineapple yogurt, candied orange zest, wintergreen and alfalfa, and baked raisins finish. A savory, appetizing mead.
Bootleg Hill Honey Meads 2017 321 Dry Traditional Mead
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright straw green color. Green, earthy aromas and flavors of pickled fruit, flower vase, green nettles and stems, and chocolate carrot muffin with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, intricate, long finish with shades of caramelized apples and pears, herb roasted almonds, spicy rum cake, and peppercorns finish. A complex, earthy mead with interesting range of vibrant flavors; will be a great cocktail ingredient as a substitute for white vermouth.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
90 points
$19
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of baked and spiced tropical fruits, mint leaves, tangerine, and fern with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish revealing shades of lemon granita, overripe nectarine, and waxy apple skin finish. A savory, Riesling like mead that will be great at the table.
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Sweet Mead
89 points
$25
Bright gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of egg custard tart, apple yogurt with granola, tropical fruit tart, and carnation with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish evoking notes of roobois tea finish. A well-rounded mead with juicy fruit flavors and lip smacking acidity.
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery NV Prairie Passion Wildflower Mead
88 points
$18.95
Golden straw color. Fresh, floral aromas of buttery pasty, ripe berries, lavender, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and an interesting, medium-length fine herbs, yellow rose, and sea salt finish. A juicy, fruity mead stitched together with a bright floral thread.
88 points $18.95
Meadow Vista  Cloud Horse Mead
88 points
$19.05
Silvery straw color. Floral aromas of lychee, honeydew melon, honeysuckle, quince, magnolia, and warm milk and honey with a silky, vibrant, dry light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length white pepper and grape leaves finish. A stylish, dry and wine-like mead akin to a gewurztraminer.
88 points $19.05