Good mead doesn't have a one-sided taste.
Similar to wine, mead is also a concert of tastes and fragrances. How should it be tasted?



1. Look at mead´s color

1. Look at mead´s color

First evaluate the mead visually. When lightly swirled, it leaves a coating on the side of the glass. It's crystal clear.

2.The fragrance should be without sharp tones

2.The fragrance should be without sharp tones

Slightly swirl the glass to rouse the mead a little and inhale its unique aroma. The fragrance should be pleasant, fine and without sharp tones.

If the mead is well balanced, you should be able to detect a fragrance of light honey, fruit and a slight hint of spice.

A one-sided fragrance isn't desirable.
Aromas of ingredients not used in production can also be found in the mead. These pleasant sensations and shades are created when the mead is fermented and matured. Therefore, a genuine, good mead has a fine and rich fragrance and taste with a variety of nuances. Different ingredients can be enhanced at the various serving temperatures.


3. Take your first sip

3. Take your first sip

Taste the mead. Slowly drink your first mouthful. In your mind, try to isolate and name the individual flavors which come to mind.

Try to name the first sensation - is it honeycomb, herbs or a fruity flavor?

4. The flavor of good mead should change and develop

4. The flavor of good mead should change and develop

Roll the mead around your mouth to touch all parts of the tongue and taste buds, then swallow. This part of the sensation is called the 'body'.

Flavors and sensations change and develop slightly with every sip.

The taste which you feel after swallowing and exhaling is called the 'tail'. Notice that the flavors and sensations develop as you take more sips.

HOW DO YOU STORE MEAD IF YOU DIDN'T DRINK THE WHOLE BOTTLE?

Unfinished bottle of mead can be stored for significantly longer compared to wine. After sealing with a cork, the mead will last for several weeks in the refrigerator without spoiling.

After more than four weeks, some meads may obtain a distinctive oxidative nature which changes its taste. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a change for the worse - mead doesn't spoil, even after a long time.