So you've been drinking alcohol for a long time, but this is the first time you've heard of mead? This may be because mead fell out of popularity hundreds of years ago. In the last few decades, however, it has seen a resurgence. Mead is considered to be the oldest known form of alcohol, but it is quickly becoming a craft beverage for the modern age.
What Is It?
What makes mead different from other forms of alcohol? You may know beer is fermented from grains, wine from grapes, and cider from apples or pears, but mead is fermented from honey. In the same way that different ingredients (such as fruits and spices) are added to beer and cider, mead also benefits from blending unique flavors.
What Does It Taste Like?
Because mead is made from honey, you may expect it to be very sweet. While this is certainly possible, mead can be both sweet and dry - meaning it can have high or low sugar content. The sugar content only plays a small part in the overall flavor of the mead. When mead is blended with other fruits and spices, it takes on the characteristics of those ingredients. The honey helps bring the flavors together in the tasty little concoction we call mead.