Best Inexpensive Mead

Chaucer’s  Sparkling Mead
90 points
$5
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of honeycomb, kumquat, wildflowers, lavender fields, jasmine green tea, and lemongrass with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, long tropical fruit, spiced orange tea, and bay leaf finish. A fruity, joyous sparkling mead with complex notes of flowers, citrus and spices.
Awards: 2021 Best Value Mead
90 points $5 Best Buy
Monks Meadery  Stigmata
90 points
$12
Best Buy
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
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
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  Peachin To the Choir
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of summer peaches with wildflower honey, clover, cantaloupe, and golden raspberry with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length fuzzy peach skins, blood orange, chamomile, and apricot blossom finish. A delicate and charming Hydromel with a sophisticated accessibility.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Monks Meadery  Dragons Nectar
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Hazy bright coral color. Aromas of raspberry smoothie, strawberry-lemon sorbet, and cherry tomatoes with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length watermelon granita, peach topping, and white pepper finish. A solid fruity spritzer with wide appeal beyond Mead lovers.
87 points $9 Best Buy
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
Liquid Alchemy Beverages 2020 Glogg-Toberfest Mead Willmington
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
Honeywood  Honeysuckle Peach Mead
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Earthy aromas of dried apple and pear, tomato leaf, and spiced orange tea with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-length pineapple glaze, sour peach candies, and frosted flakes finish. A distinctive sweet-but-savory mead that will pair well with cheeses.
86 points $13 Best Buy