Best Inexpensive Mead

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Honeywood
NV White Clover Honey Mead
Pale light clear straw color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of ripe peach and apple blossoms with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, subtle, medium-length peach jam on raisin scone, honey, and apple sauce finish. A delicious, dessert mead that is sure to please.
95 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218256
Honeywood
White Clover Mead
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, dried apricot, and golden raisin -gooseberry chutney with a velvety, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long honeyed spiced apple and orange and creme brulee finish. A satiny, elegant dessert style mead that drinks like a Beerenauslese.
94 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218061
Honey Grail
Boudica's Uprising Sparkling Mead
Minutely hazy straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of wintermint, almond-anise cookie, bubblegum dust, and edible flowers with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long cream soda, orange chiffon, and chalk finish. A crisp, sparkling mead with a snappy finish.
93 points $4.69 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217852
St. Ambrose
Black Madonna Draft Style Mead
Pale salmon orange color. Savory aromas and flavors of blackberry vinaigrette on mesclun, reduced lime, and delicate herbs with a supple, racy, petillant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an effortless, spiced melon and citrus, mint leaf, and earth finish. A flavor and balanced sour mead with a mouthwatering appeal.
93 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217854
St. Ambrose
XR Cyser Draft Style Mead
Brilliant bright gold color. Spicy aromas and flavors of apple tart and parchment baked lemon with a supple, tangy, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a captivating, long lime curd, sweet spiced mango, and chalk finish. A fun, spicy apple pie like mead that eschews cloying sweetness for vibrant acidity and light carbonation.
93 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217856
St. Ambrose
Evil Twins Draft Style Mead
Pale sunburst amber color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of ginger beer and sour cherry preserves with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long green apples, spiced nuts, fresh ginger, and pepper finish. A fun fruity, gingery spiced mead with great flavor and balance.
93 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217860
St. Ambrose
Star Thistle Mead
Brilliant yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of green tree bark and resin, lemon pith and seeds, rose hips, and toasty bbq woods with a soft, tangy, petillant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy honeyed lime and pear, leaves and thistles, and peppercorn finish. A somewhat woody mead for the table.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217851
St. Ambrose
Wild Ginger Draft Style Mead
Yellow straw color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of fresh ginger and nuts with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length honeyed lemon, hint of chili pepper, and spiced apple finish. A deliciously spicy ginger and very drinkable ginger flavored sparkling mead.
92 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217846
Black Willow Winery
Odin's Nectar
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of suede, dried fruits, caramelized nuts, and hint of soy with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long wheat grass, minted apples and nectarine, and pepper finish. A very expressive dessert-style mead that drinks a bit like a Sherry.
92 points $17.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207045
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery
NV Hibiscus Nectar
Deep dark crimson color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate sorbet, tomato jelly, nougat, and floral pastry with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry juice and nut accented finish. A delicious rosé wine like mead that is great on its own or with food.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab