Since you obviously like Ginger so much (I was into MaryAnn myself), why don't you try the Barkshack Ginger Mead in Papazian's book?
I highly recommend it (sparkling).
I would recommend you letting it sit for at least 6 months before trying your first bottle. As you know the ginger is somewhat bitter, but after a year you will have one hellava brew.
I think I have one bottle left from over 10 years ago. I have no idea why I am saving it.
I also have a bottle of Wild Black Raspberry mead (sparkling) that tasted like I was drinking a cobbler.
I have a peach mead in a secondary right now. It should be ready to bottle soon. I have to check the recipe first.