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Old 07-20-2011, 07:44 PM   #11
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I just picked up a bottle of Plum Melomel made by B Nektar. I got the last bottle and they only released 144 to stores (Plum Market.)

I agree with Fatbloke that most of the commercial meads are too cloying. With that being said I do like some of them. A list of the ones I like:

B Nektar- Wildberry Pyment (mix this 50/50 with some Faygo Rock+Rye soda if you like ultra foofy drinks!), Margarita Mead, Strawberry Pizzazz. I've been looking to try some Cherry Zombie Killer. I tend to like their more foofy meads rather than their straight mead varieties.

Kuhnhenn's Mead- I don't know if they distribute outside of Michigan

Red Stone- Expensive but a nice treat once and a while

Chaucer's Orange Blossom- @ $12 a bottle it is a good value compared to some of ones listed above. Not the greatest but "cleaner" than some of the OB meads from higher priced meaderys. I have a bottle that has been sitting for over a year and I wonder how improved the taste will be when I crack it open...

Drake Brother's Mead is on my list to try if I can find it in the store.

If you go to a liquor store or wine shop look for them by the ports and sherries.

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I saw that you can order online from them, they have 6 to choose from, I was thinking the orange blossom, but is there one you'd recommend?
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:16 AM   #13
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I just picked up a bottle of Plum Melomel made by B Nektar. I got the last bottle and they only released 144 to stores (Plum Market.)

I agree with Fatbloke that most of the commercial meads are too cloying. With that being said I do like some of them. A list of the ones I like:

B Nektar- Wildberry Pyment (mix this 50/50 with some Faygo Rock+Rye soda if you like ultra foofy drinks!), Margarita Mead, Strawberry Pizzazz. I've been looking to try some Cherry Zombie Killer. I tend to like their more foofy meads rather than their straight mead varieties.

Drake Brother's Mead is on my list to try if I can find it in the store.

If you go to a liquor store or wine shop look for them by the ports and sherries.
Thanks! But of the B Nektar suggestions sound good, I may order some..
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:16 AM   #14
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Do order from BNektars. They have good stuff. And if you ever time it right, hit their tasting room on the first or third friday of each month.

My tastes changes from day to day, so sometimes I like their sweeter meads, and sometimes I like their dryer ones. I really like their dry cyser. I haven't gotten a chance to swing by and check out the Cherry Cyser though.

Somehow, I did like the margarita mead as well. I wasn't as impressed by the coffee mead for some reason, despite being from a place I like to buy coffee from when I'm in the area.

The wildberry mead is really good. It's like a soft red wine. The Vanilla Cinnamon one is good too, even if it's on the sweet side, it's not cloyingly sweet due to the cinnamon.

Chaucers was the one I commonly see but couldn't remember the name of.

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At least one of our members, Mustangj helps the folks at Bnektar on their bottling days. I guess you get a growler of mead for helping.

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So many choices if you can find the right outlet...







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Also, if you're looking at trying various honey wines, don't neglect Ethiopian Tej. You can usually find 1-2 brands in any decent wine shop these days that has a world section.



It's a lot like mead, but usually there's a couple of subtle differences, like with some spicing or use of ingredients indigenous to the area.

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+1 on B. Nektar. I have been fortunate enough to try some of their stuff--yum. My old brew club, AABG, has a LOT of really good meaders (including Schramm, but he doesn't make too many of the meetings), and the B Nektar stuff is pretty respectable.

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So many choices if you can find the right outlet...

Summer have you tried the Polish meads? I saw some Jadwiga at my local liquor store and was intrigued.

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I can find Bunratty Mead here in Texas.

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