Types of Mead

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Mead comes in many varieties and can range from dry to medium to very sweet and ABV (% Alcohol) can range from 6% up to 20%. Some of the main varieties are:

  • Traditional mead is made with honey and water, the honey preferably being from a single floral source.
  • Melomel is mead made with honey and fruit additions, the fruit adding acidity and tannins as well as colour. Some of the best fruits for melomels include blackcurrant, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and sweet cherries.
  • Metheglins are mead with herb, spice or flower additions and can be added either during or post fermentation. Some of the most popular include ginger, rose, vanilla, hibiscus, lavender and spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Meads can also be aged with oak which can add a range of flavour profiles. Heavy oak will add carmelised, smoky espresso flavours, medium oak will add vanilla and caramel and light oak will impart more of a fresh oak, coconut, fruit flavours and aromas.

There are also many regional variety of Mead too numerous to list, including tej from Ethiopia, miod pitny from Poland, melovina varieties from across eastern Europe.