About Best Buys

Best Buys are wines that deliver great taste for a great price. We use an algorithm that factors the ratio of the products suggested retail price to our score and the bottle size to calculate our Best Buy awards. If you are on a budget, our Best Buys can't be beat.

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Best Inexpensive Mead

Honeywood NV White Clover Honey Mead
95 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Honeywood  White Clover Mead
94 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Honey Grail  Boudicas Uprising Sparkling Mead
93 points
$4.69
Best Buy
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
St. Ambrose  Black Madonna Draft Style Mead
93 points
$7
Best Buy
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
St. Ambrose  XR Cyser Draft Style Mead
93 points
$7
Best Buy
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
St. Ambrose  Evil Twins Draft Style Mead
93 points
$7
Best Buy
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
St. Ambrose  Star Thistle Mead
93 points
$11
Best Buy
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
Honeywood  Mead
93 points
$12
Best Buy
Dull straw color. Tropical, interesting aromas of papaya and lychee, honey roasted grapes, sweet pepper-olive relish, and honeyed Greek yogurt with a full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long ginep, golden raisin compote, and lime marmalade finish. An intriguing dessert mead that drinks a lot like a fine beerenauslese.
93 points $12 Best Buy
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 spiced nectarine and honey roasted nuts with lemon zest finish. A lively and delicious lightly herbal and citrusy mead.
93 points $19 Best Buy