For authentic Irish drinks, one need look no farther than Bunratty Meade Honey Wine, made from white wine with honey and herbs. The drink of ancient Gauls and Anglo Saxons, Mead was originally made by monks centuries ago from fermented honey and water. Mead soon made its way into the courts of the Four Kings of Ireland and no banquet was complete without it.
This honey-based drink was said to possess powers of virility and fertility, and it became custom for a bride and groom to drink Mead for one full moon after their wedding, giving birth to the word "honeymoon." In Ireland today, it is still tradition to toast the bride and groom with a glass of Meade when they depart on their honeymoon from the wedding feast.
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine is superb when chilled and served over ice. A mixture of wine, honey, and herbs, Meade is a completely authentic Irish drink.
It was a strong honey wine that smelled of honey yet had a taste like a hard liquor. Not preferred for a first Meade experience
Posted by Darin on 2nd Jul 2013
This Meade is very strong. 14.5% strong. It has a very strong alcohol taste to it. It is warm going down with a taste of honey. This is not a dessert Meade. This is more like the original flavor from the olden days. It is from Ireland and it shows in the flavor. Very good drink. If you want to tone it down to have a perfect lower intensity flavor, combine it with Chaucer's Mead Honey. Mixing both in equal proportions evens it out to a perfect combination.