Originally Posted by MarineDwg9
I am preparing to make my first mead this weekend. Are there particular types of honey that generally don't do well for meads? Better yet, are there proven winners that consistently produce good mead? I am going to pick up some honey this afternoon, and I can just see myself coming back with the one type of honey that doesn't make mead well.
Any honey will make mead...
That being said, great honey makes great mead.
It really depends on your recipe. If you're making a show mead, since you're in the Carolinas, I'd go with either orange blossom or tupelo honey. Both are very nice varietals that will truly SHINE as show mead.
If you're making a melomel (mead with fruit), I'd go with clover or alfalfa honey; both are pretty nondescript & reasonably generic.
I'd avoid buckwheat honey for the time being. Buckwheat honey is VERY STRONGLY FLAVOURED & needs to be blended with other honey or used in small quantities in order to make a good mead.
Sourwood & tulip tree are also varietals you may have access to; I've never used either, but I've heard some VERY good things about them both. Of course with the internet & a credit card, you cn have access to virtually every varietal honey there is; even killer bee honey from Brazil.
IMHO, you just can't go wrong with orange blossom honey. It's a little pricey out here in MT, but odds are good you can find it reasonably priced locally.