Metheglin (Spiced Mead)

Metheglin is a variant of mead made traditionally with herbs and spices adding for additional flavours. This is distinct from a mead actually made spicy using chillies, which would be a capsicumel.

Metheglin has its origins in folk medicines. The Welsh for mead is medd and meddyglyn came from a combination of meddyg (healing/medicine) and llyn (liquor). This gives rise to the English word Metheglin today.

Today, it is far more common to find metheglins brewed with sweet spices rather than herbs as the combination of honey and spice produced a very warming drink. Many spiced meads or metheglins are incredibly popular around Winter and Christmas time served heated as an alternative to mulled wine. We can highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it!

Due to this common pairing of Christmas and sweet spices, it may be no surprise that many mead producers have a “Christmas mead” in their offerings. See our page specifically on Christmas meads for a full list, but the most well-known is probably Lyme Bay’s Christmas mead.

Friary liqueurs produce a different, but equally enjoyable Christmas mead which might be a sensible purchase if you are ordering in a variety of liqueurs at the same time for the festive season.

Of course, any metheglin packed with sweet spice flavours is going to be a delightfully warming tipple in the Winter months, so feel free to try any of the delicious metheglins we have found so far below.

  1. The Rookery Ginger Mead

    Picture of Rookery Ginger Mead

    This is the ginger version of the “Scottish craft mead” produced by The Rookery. It is a more subtle, gentler metheglin than the lavender counterpart.

    The bottle advertises fresh ginger root with Scottish heather honey which comes together for a gentle, refreshing drink.

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  2. Lindisfarne Spiced Mead

    Another classic pyment from Lindisfarne, but this time flavoured with a blend of spices.

    This is apparently the first new mead for half a century as traditionally they produced only their classic variety since the 1960s.

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  3. The Rookery Lavender Mead

    Picture of Rookery Lavender Mead

    The many flavours of so-called “Scottish craft mead” from The Rookery can be hard to find online. We managed to get hold of some flavours, one of which is this “Lavender Mead”.

    The notes on the bottle say that this mead is made with dried lavender to give a sweet mead with floral notes.

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  4. Lyme Bay Tournament Mead

    Another offering from Lyme Bay Winery, this mead is another of the darker styles spiced with ginger. This leads to a warming, comforting mead drink for the colder months of the year. The ginger spices means this is a metheglin rather than a “normal” mead.

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