Ok, so I have been brewing beer for a while and I am pretty good at that process. I once traded someone some brew for some "prickly pear cactust mead" and it was the BEST stuff i've ever had, I LOVED it. This stuff, while still needed a bit of aging, was great. It had a high alcohol content (brewer claims 18%) and well defined "legs" that ran down the glass after a swirl or a sip. Now on to my dilema!
I live near about 200+ wineries. Some of them make mead. I have tried about 15 different varieties of commercial mead and NONE of them come close to what I had above. NONE of them have the sort of "legs" (most have NO legs at all) I describe or the alcohol content i'm looking for (above 15%). I am trying to make mead and I have no interest in making a mead that looks and tastes like a wine. I want that thickness and punch to it that the mead I tasted previously had. Over the weekend I purchased 15 lb's of honey, yeast nutriant, irish moss and 2 packets of champagne yeast.
Since I liked the prickly pear mead but cant get prickly pears and dont want to order them, I am going for a "pear" flavored mead. I REALLY WANT high alchohol and thick LEGS on this batch. Can someone describe a recipe that would produce what it is i'm looking for?