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Sourcing Mead

Postby Shadow7cat » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:28 pm

The husband has expressed a wish to drink mead, after 40 years or so. As we are not re-enactors and don't visit Re-eanactor markets, does anyone had a MOP friendly source?

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Tod » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:48 pm

I think Laurie (trolls bottom and post here) may do mail order. Or Drunken Monks. Some of the big supermarkets do it as well or local farm shops (athough you may not have many of them near you :wink: )



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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Shadow7cat » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:03 pm

Thanks Tod. We do have so called "Farmers' Markets" locally, believe it or not, but not quite the same as a farm shop!

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Mark Griffin » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:00 pm

We buy from Moniak direct, very helpful and useful people and bloomin good mead.


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Re: WTB Mead

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Mark Griffin » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:15 pm

ta muchly


http://www.griffinhistorical.com. A delicious decadent historical trifle. Thick performance jelly topped with lashings of imaginative creamy custard. You may also get a soggy event management sponge finger but it won't cost you hundreds and thousands.

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Mark Griffin » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:17 pm

and as hardened mead drinkers we think its the best. Or at least has properties making it stand out above the others. Its not the cheapest and for glugging at feasts in the Hall of the Stag etc there are other easier products, this is great in small quantities. I notice they market it more as an aperatif or after meal sipping tipple, I'd concurr.


http://www.griffinhistorical.com. A delicious decadent historical trifle. Thick performance jelly topped with lashings of imaginative creamy custard. You may also get a soggy event management sponge finger but it won't cost you hundreds and thousands.

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Shadow7cat » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:18 pm

Brilliant gents - will raise a glass once it is in the hand!

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Bryan of Skirbeck » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:38 pm

if you're looking for cheap, cheerful anf (fairly) easy to find mead, morrisons have some - usually near the whisky for about £4 bottle



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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Mark Griffin » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:42 pm

Blimey, I'm there!

I'm down to my last few bottles of Tudor Rose too, the elixir of life! Or brush cleaner, depending on your palette


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Shadow7cat » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:55 pm

Goodness Bryan - I'm off as soon as I can find some cash! Thanks.

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby KedlestonCraig » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:47 am

Asda sell "Norfolk Mead" at about £5 a bottle

There is a bit of a renaissance of such country wines at the moment - the food annexe of our local garden centre sells a variety of them as well, including mead


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Alice the Huswyf » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:22 am

Threshers used to stock Honeymoon Mead - flavoured with raspberries - and even send it up from their local to source branch for you.

Seriously, have you tried your local independant / small chain wine merchants?


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Shadow7cat » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:44 am

Thanks Alice - it was one of those throwaway remarks from the husband, and as I knew I'd seen mead mentioned here, i thought I'd ask first. We shall look in our local shops next week, but the off licences seem to sell a lot of multi packs of strong beers and not a lot else!

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Alice the Huswyf » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:52 am

Don't tell me about throwaway remarks from the husband - the last two cost me a labour each. :twisted:


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Bryan of Skirbeck » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:59 am

wish we had a Threshers (or ANY off licence in boston) boston asda staff have never even heard of mead let alone stock it!



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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Captain Reech » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:12 am

Alternatively get yourself a demijohn, five jars of Sainsbury's cheapest honey and one jar of a better quality speciality honey (I used an Italian Chestnut Blossom Honey) and make yourself a gallon! I used the five jars of the cheap stuff initially then, each time the fermentation slowed, racked the mead into a clean demijohn and topped up with half a jar of the good stuff. Took about a year but it came out superb and I reckon the whole shebang cost me about £5 (If you have to buy the demijohns it would cost about £15 for your first batch but still a bargain for a gallon!)


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Shadow7cat » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:38 am

Nice idea Captain Reech, but I really don't think so!

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Captain Reech » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:54 am

Ah go on, you know you want to! That way you can pass it round the fire and croak "Now oi made that moiself" like Little John in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves!
(I know, I'm sad!)
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Re: WTB Mead

Postby fh28 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:58 am

Hey if you are ever down eastbourne, try out middle farm. their mead is delicious!!! YUM YUM :D



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Re: WTB Mead

Postby yggdrasil » Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:35 pm

It does pay for keeping though. I have some 4 year old now, and a little bit of the 7 year old. Really smooth.
About time I time I made some more I guess.



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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Captain Reech » Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:46 pm

Wow! Will power! I only managed to hang onto one bottle by hiding it under the wardrobe!


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Simon Atford » Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:26 pm

Mark Griffin wrote:
I'm down to my last few bottles of Tudor Rose too, the elixir of life! Or brush cleaner, depending on your palette


Strewth! The only I've seen drink Tudor Rose were students :wink:



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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Shadow7cat » Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:30 pm

No luck in our local Sainsbury's this morning - Waitrose tomorrow, if the weather is O.K. then Morrison's perhaps - the local one is not very salubrious!
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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Pajo » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:06 pm

I did notice while in York that Lindisfarne Mead was EVERYWHERE and it tatses every btr than moniack tbh.. tho I do love Moniack... There was another I came across, that seemingly is fairly common... Lyme Bay I think it was called... Cant be of anymore help than that I'm afraid, as I lives in Ireland.... only mead we can get over here easily is that bunratty drool....


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby KedlestonCraig » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:41 pm

English Heritage souvenir shops sells mead too


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Druid » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:51 pm

I was told that Lindesfarn mead it not actually mead as the yeast has never seen honey in its life! It is cheap french wine flavoured with honey at the 'winery'. I cannot confirm this so no one sue me :angel:

I sell various flavours of mead inc. elderbury, spiced, plain (same flavour as Moniak) and, the ulimate heracy, CHOCOLATE mead :crazy:

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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Captain Reech » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:28 pm

http://lindisfarne-mead.co.uk/AboutUs.aspx

Would appear to support that.


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby Pajo » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:48 am

@Druid ..Never heard that, and in the link reech posted, it mentions twice that theres honey in it... however, aside from that, you made mention of chocolate mead... dont suppose you deliver to Ireland...? XD


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Re: WTB Mead

Postby jagusia » Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:36 am

Try the nearest polish shop ;)
If they do not have it ask them if they can order it for you, usually it takes no longer than few days.
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