Ever heard something about the term honey wine? No, right? It is an alcoholic beverage that, interesting enough, has honey, water, and yeast as its primary ingredients. Along with these three ingredients, it also can be made using different kinds of spices, fruits, grains and hops. This drink is known as mead. In some regions, it is also called the “nectar of gods”. It has an extremely long history and various types of varieties that depend on its ingredients, ratio, color, taste, honey used. It is said that one of the best times when you should taste mead wine is during the holiday season.
Mead is one of the oldest beverages ever known to exist. It was shown in The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones recently. It is produced in many cultures and many different places. The most common mead is made with honey, water and yeast. So, it is very easy to make mead, but the perfect mead will only seem as though when tasted.
What does mead really taste like?
Mead can taste like a lot of different things fused together, but in all, it tastes absolutely divine. Everyone has their own unique style of making mead; it differs from individual to individual. It has a wide range of tastes alcohol present in it. It completely depends on what you prefer when it comes to mead because a lot of people think that mead might be a bit too sweet for their liking but so is not the case, it has a huge variety of mead wines to pick from, yes they do have some sweet meads, but you could always go for another one. When you add different spices, fruits or any other ingredients, it could completely change the taste or enhance the taste of mead.
Many people are confused about whether mead is a wine or a beer? The answer to this question is that it’s quite similar to both of them but it’s not exactly both. It is a variety of its own as it has a higher content of alcohol as compared to that of a beer; it also skips the boiling stage and directly moves on to the next step of fermentation. The flavor of mead can be easily manipulated by the optional addition of fruits, hops and a lot of other spices. It is known to be an artisanal craft. It is made in meaderies and has an amazing taste. Now that we know how it tastes let us look at storing the mead.
How to store Mead at home?
When you want to store mead in your house or workspace, you need to store it in a cold, dry place just the way you would store your wine away from the sunlight. This is done to protect the flavours in the mead. You could store it in your wine cellar if you don’t have a proper place for mead. When you put it in a wine cellar, the temperature is controlled along with its humidity, and the UV filtered glass door works perfectly to preserve its quality and taste. Older wine is much more sensitive as compared to young wines, which is why they cost like a fortune.
Mead is quite diverse. As already stated above, honey is the main ingredient used in mead. Every year a different kind of honey is being harvested, and the yeast used is also different. The optional addition of the fruit or the spice impacts the taste and feel of the product. With so many varieties present, it is a huge and amazing thing to taste. So if you’re someone who wants to try mead for the first time and you like to explore new and tasteful things, you should give it a try.