So I was munching on some honey roasted peanuts today (bear with me here, this does go somewhere), and the honey got me thinking about mead. I've been wanting to get another batch going for some time now, and was thinking of new and interesting meads. My thoughts drifted to nuts as a flavoring, and almonds, being used in Amaretto (a favorite of mine) seem like a logical choice, so what do you think? Could an almond mead be made?
I know that fermentation wont get up in the range that most Amaretto is at (25%-28%), but with a hardy yeast (any suggestions?), staggered nutrient and honey additions, and a strong starter the abv wouldn't be to far off. As far as flavoring, Amaretto is apparently actually flavored with apricot pits, but I have heard they are pretty high in cyanide, so I'm not sure where to go on that count.