About Best Buys

Best Buys are wines that deliver great taste at a great price. We use an algorithm that compares the ratio of a product's suggested retail price to our score in order to calculate our Best Buy list. If you're on a budget, these bottles can't be beat. 



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Best Inexpensive Mead

Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Pucker-Up-Baby-DRY Mead
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty light ruby color. Aromas of circus peanut, macadamia gelato, meringue, and pine needle and bark with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, subtle, medium-long orange blossom honey, nougat, hibiscus tea, and suede finish. A very interesting, creamy, fruit rosé wine like mead.
93 points $15 Best Buy
HoneyMaker  Lavender Mead
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Dusty golden straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon ginger sorbet, dried verbena and lavender, and key lime pie with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, elegant, long finish with overtones of spiced nectarine and honey roasted nuts with lemon zest finish. A lively and delicious lightly herbal and citrusy mead.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Costa Rica Meadery  Passiflora Passion Fruit Mead
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Minutely hazy old gold color. Meaty, savory aromas and flavors of turkey bouillon, alfalfa, and chestnut honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long finish conveying notes of dried tropical fruits and apricots, almond cookie, and mint cream finish. A complex, fruity and savory mead that will be great at the table.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Thai-GRRR Mead
92 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Minutely hazy yellow color. Exotic, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-ginger chiffon, lavender honey, lime chutney, and floral coconut with a silky, crisp, off-dry full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish. A fun, citrusy, lightly peppery mead that will be fun to try with hot and spicy dishes.
92 points $12.50 Best Buy
Colorado Honey Wines  Romantic Traveler
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Copper garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries and cherries, spiced nuts, cocktail bitters, and sassafras with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp finish revealing notes of cherry cola, sarsaparilla, cinchona, and pine cone finish. A soft and spicy mead that drinks a bit like sangria.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Bootleg Hill Honey Meads 2017 Bad Ass Mead with Coffee
92 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy gold color. Roasted, interesting aromas and flavors of artisanal coffee, baking chocolate, honey roasted nuts, and hint of sweet gherkin with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with shades of spiced baked apple, spiced nuts and yams, pumpkin spiced latte, and hint of chili powder finish. A rich and nicely balanced coffee-flavored mead with with complex flavors and a long finish.
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Bootleg Hill Honey Meads  Orange Sunshine Reserve Mead
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy gold color. Floral, citrusy aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, tangerine almond biscotti, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, appealing, long finish with accents of clementine sorbet, honeyed mint, chocolate orange peel, and pepper finish. A mouthwatering and pure flavored orange mead for desserts or cocktails.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery NV Wildberry Nectar Mead
91 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aroma and flavors of bing cherry with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of cola, black tea with cream, mint, and cacao nib finish. A pinot noir lover’s mead with elegant cherry notes, memorable texture, and delicate earthiness.
91 points $16.95 Best Buy
Easley  Regel Tej Mead
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of lanolin, raw coconut, roasted plantain, dried thyme, and petrol with a soft, bright, off-dry light body and a seamless, relaxed coconut water, peppercorns, and poached peach finish. A smooth and delicate Tej brimming with coconut notes.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
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