Originally Posted by MeadWitch
Orange blossom honey is wonderful. I have been a mazer for over a decade and have made several batches of mead with it. It tastes wonderful in mead and it is really a shame to cover it up by adding spices or fruit to make melomels, etc. It was so good that my sister drank one entire batch on the sly while it was suppose to be aging. Damn her eyes!
COMPLETELY agree with this statement!!
I bought 60 pounds of orange blossom from the Bee Folks and its so good that I decided that I am only going to make a couple small 'flavored' batches with it.
75% of it is going to be used just for traditional style meads because the flavor, aroma and texture is so amazing on its own, its almost criminal to mix it with anything else... Last week, myself, my brother and my cousin taste tested the batch I made in May (before I really knew what I was doing) and it is so good that I had to threaten them not to drink more of it! haha
I can't wait to see what my latest batch is going to be like (it's still bubbling out of the airlock after 3 weeks... sack mead maybe?)
Although, the blueberry melomel I made with it is pretty amazing...
I don't know how much you were looking for in the way of suggestions but here ya go; my most recent recipe:
10 G Lalvin KV-1116 yeast
12 G Fermaid-K
15 LBS. Orange Blossom honey
4 Gal. Distilled Water
1 TSP - Yeast Nutrient
2/3 TSP - Yeast energizer
No-heat method used - near OCD sanitation practices employed. Staggered nutrient addition method used and tended to everyday for the first week. Check out the rookie section on Gotmead.com for a great deal of info to help get you started.