7 best meads
This ancient tipple is making a comeback, so we’ve rounded up the finest honey-wines available in the UK
The ancient booze of mead suffers a bit of an image problem over here in the UK, having long been perceived as an olde-worlde, hobbity beverage – the drink of choice for folks with a penchant for sandal and sock combos and an unhealthy interest in battle re-enactments.
It’s a different story in the US, where the small but fast-growing mead scene attracts a feverish following, and – keen to get their sticky fingers on the honey pot – many of the hip US breweries have added the beer/mead combo known as ‘braggot’ to their booze portfolios.
The big-hitting US meads are tricky to source over here in the UK, but fortunately there’s a handful of established meaderies (and a few young upstarts) producing some fine honey boozes to satisfy the most demanding mead-head.
Here are seven of the best, but before we raise our flagons, a word of caution: mead is notorious for gifting the overzealous imbiber with monumental hangovers, so don’t set about it like a Viking on shore leave. Sip it with the reverence it deserves.
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