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« on: May 22, 03, 06:19:31 am CDT »

o.k. Kids, I did the cider thread- so I might as well start the mead one. I have to admit, I'm not very schooled in the world of Mead. Have had it at faire, but don't know what the brand was. (usually get cider)
So, I went to my local liquor store. They had 3 brands of Mead, Chaucer, Bunratty (I think it was called, from Ireland) and I forget the other one.
 I've heard Chaucer is one of the better ones.
Opinions?
Also, the differences in taste, one compared to another (ex. chaucer vs. bunratty) would be helpful as well ..........
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 03, 07:47:37 am CDT »

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 I've heard Chaucer is one of the better ones.
Opinions?
 


I've had Chaucer at Tux and Stockwood. For me, it's my favorite brand. I've yet to try other brands of mead, but if they do exist, point me in their general direction and I'll give them a taste test to compare.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 03, 08:03:18 am CDT »

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 I've heard Chaucer is one of the better ones.
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I've had Chaucer at Tux and Stockwood. For me, it's my favorite brand. I've yet to try other brands of mead, but if they do exist, point me in their general direction and I'll give them a taste test to compare.


Hey, Ariana, of course it's your favorite brand... it's your only brand!

Now, here's my take... Chaucer's is the Budweiser of mead. Now, while I consider Bunratty's (they spell it "meade" cuz it's not real mead, but honey-flavored wine) the Old Swill of mead, apparently there is a non-domestic version that is supposed to be the real deal. More on this after this weekend because Amergin's supposedly bringing on up to GARF.

I've had Lurgashall's -- it comes from England, and is quite decent. It's a little on the dry side. Honeyrun's meads are sweet and very good, and come in a good selection of flavors. This are my picks for the commercial brands.

In the interest of stimulating local economy, I've tried and enjoyed many local, independent brews. Most are excellent.

What was that third brand the store had?

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 03, 08:16:40 am CDT »

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Hey, Ariana, of course it's your favorite brand... it's your only brand!


Yes, V, this is true....but I just realized now that I need to correct myself. I did have another type of mead. I can't remember the name of it off hand. Morgan and I shared the bottle one night. You know which one I'm referring to.
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Re: Brands of Mead
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 03, 10:08:43 am CDT »

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Yes, V, this is true....but I just realized now that I need to correct myself. I did have another type of mead. I can't remember the name of it off hand. Morgan and I shared the bottle one night. You know which one I'm referring to.


If only I could remember! :D  It was most likely Lurgashall's.

Was that during the NYRF run last year? If it was, and I'm thinking of the right night, there was also a bottle of chardonnay mixed in there as well. And some cider, maybe....
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 03, 04:20:05 pm CDT »

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If only I could remember! :D  It was most likely Lurgashall's.

Was that during the NYRF run last year? If it was, and I'm thinking of the right night, there was also a bottle of chardonnay mixed in there as well. And some cider, maybe....


No, it was that night November when I came down for the weekend. We had dinner at D&B's, had a couple of lemon drop shots, and then had the mead back at V's place.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 03, 08:18:57 pm CDT »

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Quote from: "Ariana the Tasty Wench"
Quote from: "Gael"

 I've heard Chaucer is one of the better ones.
Opinions?
 


I've had Chaucer at Tux and Stockwood. For me, it's my favorite brand. I've yet to try other brands of mead, but if they do exist, point me in their general direction and I'll give them a taste test to compare.


Hey, Ariana, of course it's your favorite brand... it's your only brand!

Now, here's my take... Chaucer's is the Budweiser of mead. Now, while I consider Bunratty's (they spell it "meade" cuz it's not real mead, but honey-flavored wine) the Old Swill of mead, apparently there is a non-domestic version that is supposed to be the real deal. More on this after this weekend because Amergin's supposedly bringing on up to GARF.

I've had Lurgashall's -- it comes from England, and is quite decent. It's a little on the dry side. Honeyrun's meads are sweet and very good, and come in a good selection of flavors. This are my picks for the commercial brands.

In the interest of stimulating local economy, I've tried and enjoyed many local, independent brews. Most are excellent.

What was that third brand the store had?

V

now I'm gonna have to go back and find out that 3rd brand! yeh- I thought  bunratty's saying "honey flavoured wine" on the bottle was odd. (even I know Mead is not a wine - and just that phrase implies they poured some honey into some white wine or something) the other brand, I believe, was from England. (the motherland) Seems to me proper Mead should come from the motherland anyway! (although I'm sure there's some good brands here in the states - just have to find them)
Bunratty's - you said there's a non domestic version. the bottle I did pick up did say "imported from Ireland" - but that could be the "recipe" !! let's face it, I'm going to have to go back there now ....
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 03, 11:07:52 am CDT »

Personally I thought the Chaucers wasn't bad, but tasted like honey lemon cough drops.But then again I don't drink much anyway.
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 03, 06:52:58 pm CDT »

You mean there's other stuff at liquor store than Guiness and Killian's?
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 03, 11:24:50 pm CDT »

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You mean there's other stuff at liquor store than Guinness and Killian's?


I think I've seen Bass and Newcastle there before.
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 03, 02:35:04 pm CDT »

In the interest of a small meadery out of CA, I had a friend bring me back a bottle of Sparkling Nevada Alfalfa from Heidrun. It was quite yummy.

I also get an english mead listed as Christmas mead around the holidays from Roger Wilco in NJ. But I don't remember who it's from.

There are a few other small meaderies in CA that are making great meads. Check out Libations.com.
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 03, 04:39:38 pm CDT »

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You mean there's other stuff at liquor store than Guinness and Killian's?


I think I've seen Bass and Newcastle there before.


and the occassional Harp and Tennants
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 03, 07:33:17 pm CDT »

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You mean there's other stuff at liquor store than Guinness and Killian's?


I think I've seen Bass and Newcastle there before.


and the occassional Harp and Tennants


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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 03, 08:48:42 pm CDT »

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You mean there's other stuff at liquor store than Guinness and Killian's?


I think I've seen Bass and Newcastle there before.


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« Reply #14 on: Jun 04, 03, 04:58:45 pm CDT »

I got this off a SCA yahoo group.

I never had this brand but I thought I'd pass it along for anyone who is interested.

Subject: Mead available soon in Ontario Beer Stores
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 11:25:28 -0400

Hello,

My name is Joe Torzsok, and I work with Trafalgar Brewing out of
Oakville.  We make the Mead for the Ontario Renaissance Festival.

I just wanted to pass along the information that our Mead will be
available by the end of June in nearly all Ontario Beer Stores (yes -
Beer Stores - the LCBO will be carrying it at a later date in all
likelihood, but they do not yet know what category to put it in).

We will have 3 flavours - Black Currant, Blueberry and Raspberry, all
available in 6-packs of clear glass 200ml bottles for $13.95.  The
bottles are returnable to the Beer Store - for a $0.10 deposit each.  All
three ! Meads will be 9% alcohol (as compared to 4-5% for most beers,
 and 7% for coolers), hence the smaller serving size.

The reason for this email is that we have been getting many phone calls
about where to get the Mead year-round, and until now, this has been
impossible.  We are assuming that some of these phone calls have been
coming from your citizens in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.  Anything that
you could do to get this message out would be much appreciated.

Also, if your Kingdom will be a holding a large event this summer, we
would appreciate talking with you and seeing if perhaps some sort of
sponsorship arrangement could be worked out.

Thank you, and all the best,

Joe Torzsok
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cc: Mike Arnold, President, Trafalgar Brewing
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« Reply #15 on: Jun 12, 03, 07:47:16 pm CDT »

If it must be bottled by a meadery I'll have to take Earle Estates or Martains...Martains being the best I've had in a while and the mead of choice at Sterling  :D

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« Reply #16 on: Jun 18, 03, 07:17:44 pm CDT »

For flavored wines I definitely recommend Honeyrun (I get it at the same store as Vindictus...).

When I was in Seattle I got my hands on a brand called Sky River, who make a dry mead and a sweet mead-- the sweet mead RULES! If you ever encounter this brand, pick it up. It's native to the Northwest.
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 10, 03, 05:11:32 pm CDT »

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Hiya, just thought I would add my little bit of info in on this interesting conversation.

Mead is actually wine. It is a honey wine. Not honey flavored wine, which I too find a bit odd.

Instead of using grapes or grape juice as the sugar for the wine, honey is used instead.

There are various different types of meads. You have everything ranging from straight honey meads to things with hops in them.

Now back onto topic for a minute. Have to agree that Chaucers is rather low on the taste scale. But if you don't have a friendly vinter or local meadery, it is probably the best you can get.

Should anyone happen to be coming to visit us down in SoFla. Let me know when and I will see what I happen to have on hand to tickle the taste buds. Currently nearly ready for bottle are: Strawberry, Nutmeg Spiced, Star Annise, Blueberry, Mango, Cyser (apple juice instead of water), Sweet, and Sasparillia.

In about two months, they will be ready for the bottle. When that time comes, I will probably be going into full-time production of my special quick mead which isn't bad, and better than Chaucers.
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 10, 03, 06:56:51 pm CDT »

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Quote from: "Gael"
even I know Mead is not a wine


Hiya, just thought I would add my little bit of info in on this interesting conversation.

Mead is actually wine. It is a honey wine. Not honey flavored wine, which I too find a bit odd.

Instead of using grapes or grape juice as the sugar for the wine, honey is used instead.

There are various different types of meads. You have everything ranging from straight honey meads to things with hops in them.

Now back onto topic for a minute. Have to agree that Chaucers is rather low on the taste scale. But if you don't have a friendly vinter or local meadery, it is probably the best you can get.

Should anyone happen to be coming to visit us down in SoFla. Let me know when and I will see what I happen to have on hand to tickle the taste buds. Currently nearly ready for bottle are: Strawberry, Nutmeg Spiced, Star Annise, Blueberry, Mango, Cyser (apple juice instead of water), Sweet, and Sasparillia.

In about two months, they will be ready for the bottle. When that time comes, I will probably be going into full-time production of my special quick mead which isn't bad, and better than Chaucers.


I just wanted to add If anyone does come to our fair ,If you have a local meadery pleeeeees bring some as our only store-bought meade is Chauser's which is not all that great. (unless you let it sit for a year or so then it is fairly smooth)
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« Reply #19 on: Jul 11, 03, 05:25:12 pm CDT »

You little git!  :o  :(  :o

You doubt my vinting abilities!? You doubt that I will have enough for the entire run of faire this time?!  :eek:  :x  :evil:  :x  :eek:

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