Yep, that sounds about right.
Mead takes forever to ferment and forever and a day to age and taste good.
You need to add nutrients that honey lacks that the yeast needs.
You also need to add acidity from fruit or another source.
My 10 year old bottles are corked, but you can cap it like beer too.
I got the last 4 credits I needed to graduate college for doing a couple of different mead projects. Never undervalue higher education