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”

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  • 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.

Bliss (Cherry honey wine) – Meadow Vista Meadery (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Bliss – Cherry Honey Wine, 12.2% ABV, 500ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC mead*)

printed on the back of the bottle:

“Like you, we love the outdoors, good food and awesome wine. That’s why only 100% pure honey and real fruit go into making our cherry sparkler, Bliss. And now it’s easy to take on your next picnic, back country trip or join us for extreme bocci at the Farm this summer!”

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  • Style: (sparkling, cherry flavoured) Mead
  • Taste: Dense fruity bubbly cherry plum alcoholic honey wine med sour-acidic-tang
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15 CAD – 500ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to mead aficionados: yes, and to wine drinkers

Visual: Bailer top. Pours coral pink with clusters of fast activity.

Nose: strawberry-cherry candy, background mead (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fine bubbly fizzy

Mid-palate: dense sugars, (lvl-7)-sweetness, CHERRY, PLUM, light tart, medium acidic-sour tang

Finish: light alcoholic honey wine heat, alcohol zingy bitter, fruity exhale.

Summary: Drinks like a hybrid fruit-honey wine, nice touch with bubbly mouthfeel, good structured body and delicious flavours. Solid.

Olde Mead (Oak Aged Honey Wine with Elderflowers) – Middle Mountain Meadery (BC, Canada)

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Olde Mead (Oak Aged Honey Wine with Elderflowers) – Middle Mountain Meadery, 14% ABV – 750ml., (Hornby Island, BC, Canada)

*Taking a break from beer and drinking something else for the first time this year. MEAD. Oh yeah.

from the Middle Mountain Mead website:

“This sublime wine is the perfect way to enjoy the delicious subtleties of fermented honey. Lightly oaked, and finished with a hint of fresh elderflowers, this mead will entice…”

  • Style: (Elderflower, oak-aged) Flavoured Mead
  • Taste: Wet oak herbacious elderflower apple medium acidic alcoholic.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
  • How much: $28 (after 10% off) – 750ml., March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: just try it once

Visual: Synthetic cork sealed and shrink aluminum wrapped. Pours a very light clear yellow, with some bubbles settled at the base of the glass.

Nose: Chinese soy-veggie-tofu stir-fry, (i’m serious) (7/10)-pungency

Attack: flat-watery texture

Mid-palate: (4)-sweetness, (6)-sour-acidity, (7)-tanginess, (MAIN) grassy elderflower, wet oak, green apple, almost salty.

Finish: alcoholic bitterness, throat warmth, light fruity finish.

Summary: Despite the strange nose, this is actually quite drinkable. Quite different.

Cranberry-Red Currant Mead – Middle Mountain Meadery (Hornby Island, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Cranberry-Red Currant Mead – Middle Mountain Meadery, 12% ABV – 750ml., (Hornby Island, BC, Canada)

from the Middle Mountain Mead website:

“Smooth, dry and full of flavour…. It has been the summer drink of choice and is wonderful served over ice with a splash of soda.”

  • Style: (cranberry, red currant) Flavoured Mead
  • Taste: fruity dense sugar -> alcohol/tart/cranberry/apple -> red currant/tart/off-dry finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
  • How much: ~$23 (after 10% off) – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: just try it once

Visual: Synthetic cork sealed and shrink aluminum wrapped. Pours pale pink-orange, clear as water, with a few countable bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass. Quite a unique colour.

Nose: acidic fruity red-berry mixed with very easily detectable alcohol. The alcohol aroma almost overpowers the flavour notes. (8/10)-pungency

Attack: incoming cranberry fruitiness, dense sugar/alcoholic bitterness

Mid-palate: (7)-tart texture, (4)-sweetness, (6)-tanginess, (MAIN) cranberry, apple (HINT) honey.

Finish: red currant-flavoured nasal exhale, off-dry tart, mildly spiced finish.

Summary: Flavours are rather light on the palate, while the textures play more of prominent role. Very fruit-forward, a good amount of residual sugar, but the alcohol is a little too detectable.