Friday, March 27, 2009
This is an Irish made mead. The smell is like a slightly sweet turpentine. The taste is pleasant initially. This is not a drink you could have much of cloying is probably the best word. It is initially pleasant but the sickly sweetness gets to you quickly.
The marketing of the mead (well pyment really as it uses grapes) is dodgy. It is made in a sort of paddyland irish theme park Bunratty. The website gives a flavour of the paddy whackery here (warning has worlds worst music). This drink is designed for selling to Americans who want some heritage of their ancestral homeland. So Bunratty mead is similar to leprechaun outfits and bits of "the old sod" turf as more a nostalgic trinket then a product to be enjoyed on its own terms. It is an understandable nostalgia but it is sad that perhaps the only well known Irish mead is pretty poor.