Joy (Sparkling Mead) 2008 – Meadow Vista Honey Wines (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

Joy – Sparkling Honey Wine 2008 – Meadow Vista Honey Wines, 12.2% ABV, 750 ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC mead*)

-Best Winery @ Winefest 2010 Edmonton & Calgary

printed on the back of the bottle:

Crisp bubbles and elegant fruit flavours with just a hint of honey are a joy to savour. It is the beverage environmentally savvy Champagne lovers choose to celebrate their joyous occasions.


  • Style: (sparkling) Mead
  • Taste: Lively CO2 off-dry tart blackberry-apple mild honey
  • Where I got it : Hotel Eldorado / Kelowna
  • How much: $39 CAD – 750 ml., Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to mead aficionados: yes
  • What made an impression: easy sipping, great meal companion

Visual: (cellared for 7 years). Twisty steel top with real cork. Pours light straw yellow with a very, very lively Champagne-like CO2 activity.

Nose: tangy blackberry-apple preserve, rich. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: lively crisp, bright acidity

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), tangy-tart green apple, mild honey

Finish: blackberry, burpy, dry tart

Summary: This has a very generous, fizzy-bright entry that is very welcoming to the palate. The alcohol is stealth-like and compounds like interest with every sip. Moderate berry notes with honey providing a decent backdrop. The body at the finish could be bolder.

Ancient Lore Mead – Golden Age Meadery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

Ancient Lore Mead (flavoured mead), 18.0% ABV, 200ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC mead*)

on the back label:

“Golden Age Meadery strives to recreate the forgotten ancient recipes and revive the time – honored traditions of good cheer.

Mead made from local 100% natural local products:

Wildflower honey from Fraser Valley. Herbs from Lower Mainland. Fruits from Okanagan. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, no sulfites”


  • Style: (flavoured – Balsam tree needles/NA fir, Tarragon, Nutmeg, Propolis, Coffee, Juniper berry, Yarrow, Grape leaf, Vanilla bean) Mead
  • Taste: Complex cacao sweet tangy honey coffee vanilla hints of floral fir
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 5% off) – 200ml., January 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to mead aficionados: worth a go

Visual: Plastic cork. Pours slightly hazy apple juice yellow-orange.

Nose: cacao, coffee, vanilla, with some light-bodied mead in the background. Bright and inviting. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: incoming (lvl-6-sweetness)

Mid-palate: cacao, tangy-prickly honey wine, manageable alcohol heat

Finish: slight fir, mild alcohol throat warmth, coffee bean and vanilla exhale

Summary: A unique and delectable bouquet of florals, spices, berries and beans. Quite approachable and  what I appreciate about this mead is at least some of the infused ingredients are discernible in the final product. Good complexity, but lacking depth/richness in the mids and finish, making it feel thin; Conversely however, this makes it easy to sip without taxing the palate.