I have very little experience with meads, yet. I've made some good cysers, that's about it. I've decided to give it a shot, though. A family friend is full time apiarist and harvests from hives all over Florida, and he's got a taste for good homebrew. I've asked for odd and unique stuff. He says he can tell where the bees were working inside the hive when they moved the hive from one site to another. He says you (he) can detect a change in the density, color & smell of the honey from plate to plate as he pulls them from the hive. If it's something really remarkable, he'll set that plate aside and extract it manually.
The first thing that he brought me is 10 pounds of Brazilian Pepper honey. For those unfamiliar, Brazilian pepper tree is not a food-bearing item. It's in the same family as poison ivy & oak. Although it was introduced intentionally, it has been classified as an invasive species now.
In any case, I've got 10 pounds of Brazilian Pepper Tree honey now. How do you think I should proceed? Does anyone have a recipe that would take advantage of this honey's uniqueness? Should I set it aside and work with more "normal" honeys for now, and come back to this one when I have a few batches under my belt?