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

Sun Up Brewing Company  Sunnas Nektar Braggot
95 points
$75
Dark copper color. Complex aromas and flavors of toasted fruit cake, caramelized roasted chestnuts, hint of tamari, and chocolate yogurt with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, long finish with accents of caramelized citrus, pepper, and chocolate gingerbread finish. A very complex and layered braggot with great flavor and balance.
Awards: 2017 Best Mead
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Ground & Tapped Mead
93 points
$15
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cold brew coffee, hint of honeyed peach, and cigar ash with a satiny, shy, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish revealing notes of honeycomb, soy latte with honey, cocoa powder, and coffee ice cream finish. A round and pleasant coffee mead that is sure to please, try with desserts.
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
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
Stolen Harvest 2020 Coffee Bochet Honey Wine
90 points
$30
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cafe latte, whipped honey, hints of candied orange, and hazelnut with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of canele and candied lemon. A very well-executed coffee flavored Mead with caramelly undertones and great balance; a lovely closer to the meal.
Meadow Vista  Pictish Beast Braggot Mead
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel yogurt, onion bun, lager, dark roasted nuts, and honeyed cream cheese pastry with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-length finish. An interesting Braggot that neatly toes the line between a roasty Dunkel and a lighthearted Mead.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Monks Meadery  Abstinence in the Abbey
85 points
$12
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate soft serve, buttercream, caramel-covered pretzels, and black tea with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish. A rich, ice cream shop of a Mead with creamy flavors and refreshing bubbles.
Pirtle  Effervescent Sparkling Mead
85 points
$19.95
Clear old gold color. Aromas of chestnut honeycomb, dried stone fruit, and mint creme fraiche with a supple, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy pineapple cherry relish finish. A fruity sweet sparkling mead for desserts.
85 points $19.95
Chaucer’s  Sparkling Mead
82 points
$5
Straw green color. Aromas of lemon-lime soda, struck match, mushrooms, quince, and pickled ginger with a silky, lively, fruity light body and a silky, brisk fruit cocktail finish. A light and fruity tipple for beachside sipping.