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ImMEADiate Disappointment

I was in Michigan this past weekend, where we discovered that there is a local Meadery. We were quite excited (being mead lovers, two of which embrace locavorism) so we tracked down a source that sold Bardic Wells brews.

Though they were pricey (by my standards), we purchased several varieties including traditional, cordial magic (a coffee mead), root fruit (honey, carrot, apple and ginger), blueberry and black cherry.

We began with the coffee mead, since we were all so curious about it - and found it to be odd. It was kind of like a coffee toffee, but with a strange aftertaste. Not disgusting, but not something I'd ever seek out.

Little did we know the coffee mead would be the best of the offerings. The other flavors were terrible. I mean really, really bad. We didn't even open the black cherry, we were too disgusted (and were being wooed with jello shots, which were much more palatable, if that tells you anything).

If you're a mead fan and ever get a chance to try these you may want to tread lightly rather than snapping up several bottles as we did. We give these brews a resounding thumbs down.



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Aug. 18th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
We have a new meadery near our house. (http://www.bnektar.com/) It just opened a few weeks ago. I haven't tried their mead yet. But there's a meadery a few miles away that I have tried, and that is lovely. So next time you're in town, we'll go.

(Many of the vineyards that Jay and I visited on our recent trip made mead, too. It occurs to me that we produce a lot of mead in Michigan. What's that all about?)

Aug. 18th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
It's because mead is AWESOME! Well, except for this particular mead, which was not awesome but unpleasant and nigh undrinkable.

(And I would think honey is easier to produce in Michigan than good grapes.)

Aug. 18th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
And I would think honey is easier to produce in Michigan than good grapes.

I don't know how easy honey is to make in Michigan, but we share the same latitude as the best wine-producing regions in the US and France, and we have sandy soil, hot summers and cold winters, meaning Michigan grapes are pretty good.

If you're a locavore living in Chicago, Michigan wine might be a more tempting alternative than California or France. Read more here: http://web1.msue.msu.edu/imp/modfr/26439701.html
Aug. 19th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
I have to concur with what Matt said. Michigan wines often rock. And they are priced right. Try the whites. Michigan does riesling so very well. There are one or two vineyards I'd avoid. But, in general, most of the wine is really nice.

In fact, a few years back, I read an article about Michigan Wine in the New York Times. It opened with the line "Like many things in the midwest, this is a gem, but they will never tell you about it..." And I thought, to the author, "you presumptuous berk, you just didn't ask!" I couldn't get too pissy though, since he did give good press to a few of the Michigan Wines that have won prestigious national and international awards.

So yeah. Come on up and try some wine.
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Mmm...I love Reislings.

You all are making me want to booze-out in MI.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I am a dedicant of Bacchus, it is my duty...
Aug. 19th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
michigan wines
there are quite a few fine Michigan wines. i'm particularly fond of a number of the St. Julian's wines from Paw Paw. Sadly, they discontinued their Great Red and Great White, which were among my favorites.

Edited at 2008-08-19 06:12 pm (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
Re: michigan wines
Try Simply Red and Blue Heron. Simply red, as the name implies is a simple red table wine. It is low cost, and good. Every bottle tastes a little bit different, yet every bottle I've ever had has been good. Blue Heron is the perfect kicking back on the deck, drinking white wine in the summer wine.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: michigan wines
The Blue Heron promoter was me, Her Royal Highness...

I don't know why LJ made me "Anonymous."
Aug. 22nd, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: michigan wines
I'm familiar with both of those. Blue Heron is a lovely wine, though I don't tend to buy white wines. I've consumed a lot of Simply Red in my time, but it tends to be a bit sweeter and simpler than I'd most prefer. I loved the Great Red and Great White because they were a fine mix of dry, complex, and inexpensive. Alas, it is no more...
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yummy. I'd love to try B Nektar (but even more I'd love to get to visit with you all again - that was great fun). The mead at Dragon Mead wasn't bad either (though I can't remember if it was local).
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Dragon Mead is brewed right there in Warren. Many of their products come from Michigan farms.

There is apparently another Brewery right around the corner from Dragon Mead. Although I've never been there. I keep meaning to go. They are in the Entertainment book.

Hmm So much booze, so little time for my liver to process it…
Aug. 22nd, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hmm So much booze, so little time for my liver to process it…

*LOL* It's a tough job, but someone's got to try to do it ;>)
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Aug. 19th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Mead, Mead, the Magickal Fruit...
Mmmm...you make an appealing invitation in many ways darlin' - but then you've always been honey-tougued (or in this case - "mead-mouthed") ;>). Kisses to you ~ J
Aug. 18th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the warning...life's way too short to drink bad mead/wine/beer/anything else.

We'll be brewing up some mead for the workshop, probably a black currant variety that I'm very fond of. I've still got some cyser, hippocras and t'ej (Ethiopian mead) from prior batches, but we're running woefully short, truth be told, there's been precious little time set aside for brewing this year, so far. But Fall is the perfect time to start up more!
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds delicious...have fun (and try not to explode things...much though you love fireworks).
Aug. 18th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
How disappoimnting. And they did sound so wonderfully intriguing.

In Quebec, we seem to be pretty much limited to straight mead; and even that is hard to come by. We've a couple of local amateur makers, but the quality is a bit erratic. Whenever I see mead on store shelvbes, or in a pub, I snap them up to try. (Cidre as well!) Last few times I was in the UK I came across a delightful fair trade mead -- not to mention tonnes of local cidres. I"m sure my grandparents think I'm quite the lush!.

Aug. 19th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oooo...fair-trade mead. Now that makes my toes curl!
Aug. 19th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
i can imagine all of these meads being done well, and i'm sad to hear that they weren't! i do enjoy a good mead.

(on the bright side: *my* beverage tasting this weekend was fabulous. the braggot we opened has been in bottles since around new years, I think, and is oh so very tasty. i'll try to bring some to chicago when i make it out that way.)
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
I've never had braggot, so I'd love to sample it if you make it our way! Love, J
Aug. 19th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
How disappointing. On the other hand, it sounds like this could be an excuse to brew up some of your own mead at home! I found it to be a lot easier than I expected.
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'd actually love to do some brewing as I find it fascinating. I tried to get my ex into it a couple of times because I thought we'd enjoy that together. I don't have a carboy though, and I need another space taking/time taking/money taking hobby like I need a hole in my head.

It's tempting though - particularly for mead, which I think lends itself to all kinds of fun fruit/spice combinations.
Aug. 19th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Well, y'know, we're doing a sacred brewing workshop at the Casa at some point coming up. Just sayin'
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)

Stop having cool workshops that tempt me to New England. I'm a poor actress, remember?

Aug. 19th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
No, I think you're a talented actress :)

And we give scholarships, y'know...
Aug. 20th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
No, I think you're a talented actress :)

Well I walked right into that one...didn't I?

Okay, you get that flying tractor up and running and I'll be there!
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
i am surpried to find this blog entry...i have tried this mead a few times and i love it! i am glad that they are selling it at more loactions!
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