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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Passionate Mead Maker

For the purest. The passionate mead-makers are the sentinels and guardians of pure Mead (which is sometimes called traditional mead and not always accurate). They don't care about a product that glows in the dark or smells of something other than the hive. They care only about what the hive has brought them. What the hive has brought them is what the bees who work that hive have brought from afield, namely the flowers and their nectars. Authentic mead-makers get up close and personal with the hive. Just as a professional grape winemaker will go out in the field to see how the grapes are progressing. The passionate winemaker will smell the earth and soil the vines are growing from. She or he will touch the grapes, eat them, test them, and will be taken in by the pure grandeur of it all. The passionate mead-maker will do the same. If they are not the beekeeper they will visit the apiary that their honey (and future mead) will come from, and do similar things as the passionate grape wine maker will do. The passionate mead-maker will do this not because they are told to do so, but because they are spiritually aware of their place in this specialized art. The passionate mead-maker cares not for the stuff that contradicts or covers up the flavors of the fermented honey such as fruits, herbs, and spices. The passionate mead maker knows that no such additives can improve the best products of the hive, only hinder them. The passionate mead-maker knows that most fruit "Meads" (Melomels) are just fruit wine that has honey as an added sugar source rather than cane sugar - and understands those drinks truly are not Mead at all (just as many overly herbed and spiced "meads" are not). Respected grape wine makers know the same thing about their prized grape wines - they cannot be improved by throwing foreign items at them. Anything outside the influence of a wooden barrel is too much influence over the product. If your Mead does not smell like the hive it came from, then it has failed, just as a grape wine that that does not taste like the field it came from. The passionate and pure mead-maker are the few.