Originally Posted by scottv
Y'all stop it now I'm wanting to try this and I promised myself only traditional till I get a few under my belt.
Interesting statement since most people try a JOAM first which is not at all traditional.
I say experiment. You know why I love mead? Because I can try anything and it's perfectly fine. Add anything to wine and some idiot relative that fancies themselves an amateur sommelier will get uppity on you. Mead is so unknown to the general public that you can experiment and people no preconceptions about "what should be".
As for oak... I HATE oak. A little bit is OK in a few rare wines that it actually compliments the natural flavors. Too often I find that people use oak too often because they either can't recognize the flavors or are afraid the wine will not have enough "complexity". Two weeks ago the wife an I went to a winery in Clifton, VA. called Paradise Springs. Aside from the generic name, the wine itself was really bad because of Oak. The oak was the only fricking thing you could taste.
So no to oak!