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    Our award-winning meads are fermented, blended and aged on-site using our own secret blends of honey to create the rich, floral and pungent characteristics for which they are famed.
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    lyme bay winery traditional mead bottle

     

    Mead

    The Nectar Of The Gods

     

    Often referred to as the “Nectar of the Gods”, the golden drink has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, with the demand from people eager to buy mead reaching new heights, which has certainly kept us busy!

    Here at Lyme Bay, we have been perfecting our fantastic meads for over 15 years now and often experiment with new and bold flavours to push the boundaries of what is possible with mead.

     

    Mead, the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, is making a comeback!

     


     

    Discover Our Award-Winning Meads

     

     

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    Traditional Mead

    ABV 14.5%

    £9.99

    Black Cherry Mead

    ABV 11%

    £9.99

    MINIATURE MEAD GIFT BOX

    ABV 11/14.5%

    £13.49

    Rhubarb Mead

    ABV 11%

    £9.99

    jack ratt cyser can
    17% off

    Jack Ratt Cyser Can

    ABV 4.0%

    £1.99

    jack ratt mead can
    17% off

    Jack Ratt Sparkling Mead Can

    ABV 4.0%

    £1.99

    Waking The Demon Mead

    ABV 14.5%

    £13.99

    Bullet for My Valentine – Venom Mead

    ABV 10%

    £13.99

    Chilli Mead

    ABV 11%

    £9.99

    Tournament Mead

    ABV 11%

    £9.99

    Garden Mead

    ABV 11%

    £9.99

    Westcountry Mead

    ABV 14.5%

    £9.99

    Christmas Mead

    ABV 10%

    £9.99

    Traditional Mead 50cl Flagon

    ABV 14.5%

    £7.99

    Moniack Mead

    ABV 14.6%

    £11.49

    TOURNAMENT MEAD 375ML

    ABV 11%

    £6.19

    WESTCOUNTRY MEAD 375ML

    ABV 14.5%

    £6.19

    TRADITIONAL MEAD 375ML

    ABV 14.5%

    £6.19

    GARDEN MEAD 375ML

    ABV 11%

    £6.19

    CHRISTMAS MEAD 375ML

    ABV 10%

    £6.19

    Wine Gift Box- Mulled Wine & Christmas Mead

    ABV 10%

    £12.49

    Wine Gift Box- Traditional & Tournament Mead

    ABV 14.5/11%

    £12.99

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    lyme bay winery traditional mead bottle with glass and selection of cheeses

    What is mead?

     

    Mead, the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, is created by honey and water fermented with yeast, sometimes containing various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. It is believed that mead was essentially first been discovered when accidentally some honey got wet. When raw honey gets moisture into it, there is a chance that natural yeast will start a fermentation process that converts the sugar in honey into alcohol. Nowadays, the yeast used in mead making is often identical to that used in winemaking.

    The earliest recorded evidence of mead’s existence dates from 7000BC, where archaeologists discovered pottery vessels in northern China that have shown chemical signatures consistent with honey, rice, and organic compounds associated with fermentation. Once the Vikings’ drink of choice, it was also believed to improve health and prolong life.

    Mead has also long been rumoured to have aphrodisiac properties, so it was presented to newlyweds to enjoy during what we now call their “honeymoon”. In fact, because drinking mead was thought to ensure a fruitful union bearing plenty of children, the bride’s father traditionally included a month’s worth of mead in her dowry.

    The alcoholic content of mead ranges from about 3.5% ABV to more than 18%. Mead may be still, carbonated, naturally sparkling, dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. Next to Gin, mead is the fastest-selling alcoholic beverage worldwide, and here at Lyme Bay, we have a delectable array of delicious meads to enjoy.

    bartender pours lyme bay winery rhubarb mead in a jigger

    How to drink mead

     

    However you want to enjoy your mead is up to you. Like any alcohol, it’s all down to personal preference.

    You can drink mead like a whisky or brandy in a tumbler, use a wine glass, mix your mead in a cocktail, or even go full Viking and enjoy your mead from a drinking horn! – the choice is entirely yours.

    The suggested serving of mead will usually depend on the strength of the product in question. Our Lyme Bay meads range from our 4% sparkling mead (which comes perfectly portioned in our cans) to our 14.5% bottles of TraditionalWest Country and Waking The Demon meads – the latter made especially for the band Bullet For My Valentine.

    If you are drinking your mead at room temperature or warmed up, we recommend around 50ml of mead in a whiskey glass. If you are drinking it cool, we would say between 100 – 125ml in a stemmed wine or port glass, mirroring a traditional small glass of wine serving.

    If you are new to mead, then a good place to start is with our Traditional Mead. It is a sweet, full-flavoured drink with rich, deep honey flavours and a moreish honeycomb finish. It is also a great accompaniment to strong cheeses and full-flavoured casseroles.

    The Lyme Bay Story

    Lyme Bay Winery is the home of LBW Drinks. Our small, dedicated drinks company is full of people who are passionate about producing delicious and award-winning English Wine, Fruit Wine, Cider, Mead, Liqueurs and Spirits from our home in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley.

    Here we combine our knowledge and love of flavours and ingredients with our wine-making skills to craft award-winning traditional drinks, tailored to the 21st-century palate. Each of these amazing products is fermented, blended and aged, as appropriate, right here at the Winery under the supervision of our experienced team.

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