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

Philip Mead  Oak Aged Sweet Mead
92 points
$16
Best Buy
A complex sipper to keeping you coming back for new flavors and aromas.
Awards: 2022 Best Specialty Mead
92 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
Stolen Harvest 2020 Coffee Bochet Honey Wine
90 points
$30
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
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.
Philip Mead  Double Oak Dry Mead
85 points
$16
A smoky, vanilla tinged mead that could convert drinkers of dry Chenin Blanc and Riesling.
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.
Monks Meadery  Abstinence in the Abbey
85 points
$12
A rich, ice cream shop of a mead with creamy flavors and refreshing bubbles.