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Sourcing Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:28 pm
by Shadow7cat
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?

Ta.

S.

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:48 pm
by Tod
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: )

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:03 pm
by Shadow7cat
Thanks Tod. We do have so called "Farmers' Markets" locally, believe it or not, but not quite the same as a farm shop!

S.

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:00 pm
by Mark Griffin
We buy from Moniak direct, very helpful and useful people and bloomin good mead.

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:08 pm
by John Waller

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:15 pm
by Mark Griffin
ta muchly

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:17 pm
by Mark Griffin
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.

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:18 pm
by Shadow7cat
Brilliant gents - will raise a glass once it is in the hand!

S.

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:38 pm
by Bryan of Skirbeck
if you're looking for cheap, cheerful anf (fairly) easy to find mead, morrisons have some - usually near the whisky for about £4 bottle

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:42 pm
by Mark Griffin
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

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:55 pm
by Shadow7cat
Goodness Bryan - I'm off as soon as I can find some cash! Thanks.

S

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:47 am
by KedlestonCraig
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

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:22 am
by Alice the Huswyf
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?

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:44 am
by Shadow7cat
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!

S

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:52 am
by Alice the Huswyf
Don't tell me about throwaway remarks from the husband - the last two cost me a labour each. :twisted:

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:59 am
by Bryan of Skirbeck
wish we had a Threshers (or ANY off licence in boston) boston asda staff have never even heard of mead let alone stock it!

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:12 am
by Captain Reech
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!)

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:38 am
by Shadow7cat
Nice idea Captain Reech, but I really don't think so!

S.

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:54 am
by Captain Reech
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!)
:lol:

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:58 am
by fh28
Hey if you are ever down eastbourne, try out middle farm. their mead is delicious!!! YUM YUM :D

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:35 pm
by yggdrasil
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.

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:46 pm
by Captain Reech
Wow! Will power! I only managed to hang onto one bottle by hiding it under the wardrobe!

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:26 pm
by Simon Atford
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:

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:30 pm
by Shadow7cat
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!
S

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:06 pm
by Pajo
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....

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:41 pm
by KedlestonCraig
English Heritage souvenir shops sells mead too

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:51 pm
by Druid
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:

Druid
www.re-enactment.com

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:28 pm
by Captain Reech
http://lindisfarne-mead.co.uk/AboutUs.aspx

Would appear to support that.

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:48 am
by Pajo
@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

Re: WTB Mead

Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:36 am
by jagusia
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.
Good luck