About Metheglin

About Metheglin
Metheglin is a traditional mead to which a mixture of spices and/or spices have been added. It is interesting to note that the word ‘medicine’ is derived from the word ‘metheglin’. While the honey character in both aroma & palate can be variable, the primary emphasis in this style is how well the spices and/or herbs are integrated into the beverage – they should not overwhelm the honey characteristics, but should be featured. A synergy of the individual ingredients is ideal.

Top Picks for Metheglin

Oran Mor Aphrodites Obsession Mead
93 points
$30
Tomato bisque color. Complex, interesting aromas and flavors of tomato bisque with creme fraiche and fried sage, chocolate craisins, seared kobe beef teriyaki, and cherry hibiscus mint tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long finish with impressions of chocolate mint cookie, sarsaparilla, and sautéed shiitakes with cocktail bitters finish. A unique and somewhat Promethean flavor ride, jump on board.
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
Meadow Vista Mabon Mead
91 points
$19.05
Straw green color. Exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of curry leaf and ginger root, peanut sauce, and green peppercorn and tea leaves with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish with accents of cardamom condiment, roasted pumpkin seeds, and ginger spiced yams finish. A successful marriage of mead and Asian spices, you’ll want to be at the wedding banquet.
91 points $19.05
Monks Meadery Stigmata
90 points
$12
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Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry preserves, delicate honey on crumpets, and raisins with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish. A delightful Mead with joyful, fruity flavors and a dry refreshing palate; a lovely toaster for the holidays and other celebrations.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages Glogg-Toberfest Mead
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon stick, eucalyptus, spiced orange tea, dried rose, and clove with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, charming, medium-length finish. A citrusy, spicy Mead for the winter months.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Oran Mor Odins Eye Bourbon Barrel-Aged Reserve Mead
87 points
$32
Golden yellow color. Nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, toasty coconut cream pie, hint of latte in a pewter mug, and toasted oak with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with accents of mint whipped cream, spiced starfruit, pink pepper, and brandy finish. A stately, yet supple barrel aged mead with silky, well-integrated flavors.
Meadow Vista Mabon Spiced Mead
86 points
$17
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, hints of juniper, lavender, and honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of orange marmalade. An easy-drinking spiced Mead that will appeal to Gin lovers.
Sky River Meadery Hopped Mead
86 points
$19
Golden straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, peppery jelly, sweet pickle relish, and rain water barrel with a supple, bright, off-dry light body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of spiced pears in sweet cream, peppered nuts, and bit of wheatgrass finish. A nicely articulated mead with fresh flavors and snappy acidity.
Oran Mor Aine Mead
86 points
$34
Golden straw color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of saddle soap and mink oil, old leather boots on a haystack, pureed sweet potatoes, and raisin bread pudding with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long finish that shows notes of orange blossom honeycomb, cashew milk, sultanas and figs, and delicate spiced yams finish. A remarkably earthy and multidimensional mead for the mead connoisseur and a good cigar.
Black Willow Winery Valkyries Lure
85 points
$18.95
Gold color. Confected aroma of banana taffy with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, crisp chocolate dipped marshmallow, starfruit, and grass finish. A very fruity, candied mead that will be fun in cocktails.
85 points $18.95