About Melomel

About Melomel
Melomel is a traditional mead to which fruit has been added. The fruit character is the driver here, and whether dry or sweet should be very evident. Key here is a natural, ‘off-the-vine’ evocation rather than any suggestion of artificial flavorings.

Top Picks for Melomel

Stolen Harvest  Saskatoon Honey Wine
92 points
$32
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of ripe cherry, red cassis, hints of milk chocolate, and buttery pound cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length violet and pepper finish. An exuberant, Beaujolais-like Melomel to pair with meats and cheeses.
Stolen Harvest 2020 Ginger Peach Mead
90 points
$34
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry and peach cobblers and cinnamon-ginger gelato with a supple, soft, fruity sweet medium body and an intricate, medium-long finish displaying notes of lemon hibiscus whole herb tea and pink peppercorn. A very pleasant and peachy Mead with nicely balanced sweetness and herbal notes.
Awards: 2021 Best Mead
Meadow Vista  Bliss Sparkling Blueberry Haskap Mead
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon cooler, raspberry, and graphite with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk finish revealing notes of strawberry sorbet finish. A fruity, spritzy Melomel.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages 2020 Pink-Potion #9 3/4 Mead Willmington
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale coral salmon color. Aromas of lemon sorbet, crushed raspberries, wild strawberries, and lavender with a crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, easy ginger finish. Light and fragrant Mead with delicate flavors and easy drinking style.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Chaucer’s  Pomegranate Mead
88 points
$16
Coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry cough syrup, perfume, orange, mint, beeswax, lemongrass, sage and garden herb, and sweet potato and thai basil with a round, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, intricate, medium-length finish with notes of macerated herbs, bramble berry, roasted carrots, and mixed italian seasoning. An interesting savory undertone adds depth to this Melomel.
Philip Mead  Red Fruits Mead
88 points
$16
Reddish orange color. Aromas and flavors of freshly opened package of haribo gummi bears, tropical fruit salad, sweet tobacco hookah smoke, and red jell-o powder with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with shades of all the gummi bear flavors, goji berry, blueberry juice, and watermelon and rose water. This mead walks the line between being fruity and floral very well.
Stolen Harvest  Berries Borealis Melomel Mead
88 points
$38
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of tart and ripe red cherries and grilled watermelon, wet forest floor and chantrelle mushroom, grape jolly rancher, and ginger with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of brown butter with a sprig of rosemary and stewed purple fruits. A complex and complicated Melomel that challenges with smoky accents.
Honeywood  Blackberry Mead
88 points
$14
Sunburst color. Aromas and flavors of pickled scallion, cranberry sauce, and elderflower with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with overtones of orange blossom honey, stone fruit gummies, white peppercorn, and hibiscus. A nice berry-kissed Mead that is sure to please after dinner.
Stolen Harvest 2021 Fruits Of The Forest Mead
87 points
$34
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie filling and white grape skins with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium finish with notes of cherry skin and pit and nuts. A pleasing berry laden Mead for sipping or cocktails.
Liquid Alchemy Beverages 2020 Red-Cowabunga Mead Willmington
87 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of blood orange, sweet almond, cherries, baklava, and apple pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish. An easy-drinking Mead with good sessionability.
87 points $12.50 Best Buy