Originally Posted by Insomniac
Im still fairly new to this, but for the beginner/impatient mead maker, your looking at probably 4 months minimum before a taste to see how its getting on, anything before that and it will taste like you described. I am currently drinking mine once they reach the 4 to 6 month range, one bottle every 3 weeks or so to see how they progress. The last bottle however I am keeping for at least a thurther 6 months so i can see what difference a full year will make.
My first real planned out mead was practically undrinkable until the one year mark. Is a strawberry mead, made it for SWMBO last march. Last august it was jet fuel, last christmas it was not so much jet fuel, this may it was DELICIOUS.
Same with the Ancient Orange mead I made last august for everyone to have for christmas. I should've started it in february or march because I found a bottle that I had forgotten about and we opened it up a few weeks ago. OH MY GOD IT WAS GOOD. I had even fudged up the recipe by adding too many cloves, so at christmas time the cloves were overpowering the mead. But now? hot damn it was good. SWMBO's aunt and uncle told me to make them a big five gallon batch of it.