About Specialty Mead

About Specialty Mead
The specialty mead category is a catch-all for and array of historical and innovative mead styles, including hopped mead, barrel-aged mead, rhodomel (mead with rose added), coffeamel (mead with coffee added), hippocras (mead with wine, brandy, and cinnamon added), capsicumel (mead with chili peppers added), and Viking Blood (mead with cherries added).

Top Picks for Specialty Mead

Batch Mead  Figment Barrel Aged Mead
94 points
$35
Rich, chocolate and red fruit pronounced, and all around bold; a dessert port substitute.
Door Peninsula Winery  Cherry Buzz Honey Mead Door County
92 points
$11
Best Buy
Exactly what you expect of a cherry honey wine; juicy from start to finish.
92 points $11 Best Buy
Philip Mead  Oak Aged Sweet Mead
90 points
$16
Best Buy
A round sweetness to the body of the mead with an uplifting citrus and mint zest.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Chaucer’s  Sparkling Mead
90 points
$5
Best Buy
A fruity, joyous sparkling mead with complex notes of flowers, citrus and spices.
Awards: 2021 Best Value Mead
90 points $5 Best Buy
Batch Mead  Viking Mjod Barrel Aged Mead
89 points
$25
Herbaceous and inviting and rich yet lively on the palate; lovely.
Martin Brothers  High Oak Orange Blossom Mead Batch #5
89 points
$32
Spectacular clarity of floral, dry orange with a formable body without losing a light touch that keeps it engaging.
Philip Mead  Double Oak Dry Mead
88 points
$16
Sweet and savory with an excellent citrus zest and buttered herbs; this would be spectacular with pan seared scallops.
Meadow Vista  Pictish Beast Braggot Mead
87 points
$7
Best Buy
A fizzy, fun, sweet and herbal mead.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Stolen Harvest 2020 Salted Caramel Bochet Mead
87 points
$32
A fine wood-aged mead for bourbon fans.
Martin Brothers  High Oak Orange Blossom Mead
85 points
$32
A mead with orange notes that would pair well with chocolate fondue for an afternoon of apres-ski.