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Traditional Mead (Lyme Bay Winery)

(75cl, 14.5%)

Traditional Mead (Lyme Bay Winery)

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Traditional Mead Bottling Note

Here we have a traditionally styled mead, a time-honoured tipple which dates back hundreds if not thousands of years, from Lyme Bay Winery in Devon. It’s made in small batches with honey, and bottled at 14.5% ABV. A fab pairing with cheeses.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Full of sweet dessert wine flavours, with a refreshing dryness and full of warming, rich honey, with a hint of honeycomb on the finish.

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Traditional Mead (Lyme Bay Winery) Reviews

100% REAL

Ignore the Trolls below....this is a 100% REAL MEAD.
Highly can always trust Lyme Bay to produce excellent Meads.

21st July 2020

Top Mead

I've been assured that this is a TRUE Mead....and its lovely.
I keep reading below that some think this is "fake mead", but they do not produce any evidence to prove this.....Until then, I shall always place this at the top of the list. Highly recommended

24th April 2020

Joint favourite

This mead is amazing. Contrary to other reviews mentioned claiming this is "fake mead", this is not the case. This is authentic genuine recipe mead. Taste is amazing and this is my joint favourite mead along with Moniak mead. Still nice amount of sweetness as I prefer meads to be although slightly less so compared to Moniak. Overall perfectly balanced flavour and goes down nicely.

9th February 2020

Perfect for our Shakespeare Night Revels celebrating the Bard's birthday, love it.

Wonderful flavour, delicious aroma, love it. We give guests a free tot at our annual Shakespeare Night, authentic touch of history.

23rd March 2019

A very fun change for a Texan!

Delicious with ginger snaps a honey goat cheese appetizers! Something different for Dallas, Texas!

20th February 2019

Nice but not 100% Honey Mead

A nice enough drink, certainly worth choosing this over the more expensive, and slightly less tasty lyndisfarne meads, but clearly a honey flavoured wine just like the lyndisfarne brands. Trying this along side a 100% honey mead leaves this firmly in second place and with a clear grape/wine taste compared to real mead.

14th December 2018


I haven't tried much mead before and only supermarket shelf quality, but this mead has convinced me to try more in future and is now possibly my favourite alcoholic drink so far.

18th October 2018

Give it ago you will love it

Wow first time tasting this drink from torque devon love it wanted more but ran out so tasty real smooth sweet drink ideal with venison and stilton cheese x

21st September 2018

A real mead made in the real way!

Absolutely love this mead (which I have bought for years) and so I was surprised to read comments from people saying that it is a "fake" mead. I e-mailed Lyme Bay Winery to ask them if they add grape juice to any of their meads and they said "never!". According to them, "the traditional mead is made as it has been for centuries - fermented honey, water, yeast" and they are "extremely proud not to be following other mead producers in using a grape base" - thought it was worth putting things straight on here!

4th September 2018


Great mead

27th August 2018

Probably one of the nicest "Fake" meads you can buy

This is a very nice drink, to me it sits perfectly inbetween Lyndisfarne traditional (a pyment made from fermented grape juice, added spirits and then backsweetened with honey) and Moniak traditional (a "Proper" mead made with actual fermented honey).
You can be forgiven for possibly being fooled by thinking this is a "real" mead if you have never had a pyment mead before, but taste testing this alongside the Moniak traditional and Lindifarne traditional you can tell straight away that this is made in a very similar way to the Lindifarne, producing similar wine-like tones to the aroma.
The up front taste is one of a sweet desert wine, upon swallowing there is a quick hit of strong-dry wine along with the associated heat which quickly fades into a sweet, light honey taste. The honey taste it leaves along with the warming on the throat is similar to the Moniak, but the Moniak is much better up front and throughout with added certain something, that just makes it impossible to choose this over the Moniak.
Funny thing is, Moniak is now owned and run by Lyme Bay, which explains the similarities, but the wording on the back of the bottles confirms the Moniak to be a real mead and the Lyme Bay (by omission) to be a pyment.
Still like I said, it's a really nice drink, if not a "true" mead but a pyment.

25th August 2018


Honey flavoured wine, not genuine mead

10th August 2018


First time I've ever tried mead. This bottle had been in my girlfriends cupboard for years, I drank it in 3 days. I love honey and alcohol, so it's win win

31st July 2018

A superb wine which does not miss the inclusion of grapes.

I was first introduced to mead at a medieval banquet and have loved it ever since. As a dessert wine it takes some beating, especially at the price. Recently, I have bought it from a retailer who sets up at various fairs in Kent, but since stocks are fast running low, I will have to order a couple of bottles online.

6th December 2017


Dear friends, my daughter traveled to the UK. She visited Stonehenge and brough me back a bottle of the Stonehenge Mead. I saved it until today(8/21/2017). My friends and I opened during the Total Eclipse here in Oregon USA. We toasted to our families and our ancestors. I have to tell you, everyone thought your mead was amazing. Hands down the best have I every drank. Thank you for this wonderful mead! DAVE- Olympia WA USA

21st August 2017


I tried this for the first time recently at a local re-enactment in Dagenham, and I can honestly say I'm glad I did, my only regret was not buying a bottle to take home!

13th June 2017

Super good!

As a mead drinker, this tasted like nothing I've ever had before. A mixture of honey, wood, vinous qualities, and some kind of spice mix. It honestly reminded a lot like a white wine I had that had a similar flavor, and both were delicious. I'll buy another bottle when I order again from this website.

25th May 2017

A true nectar of the Gods, indeed.

I bought my first bottle of this not too long ago, before it was even finished I ordered another.
It has such a beautiful taste, I fully understand why our ancestors called it the 'nectar or the Gods'

22nd January 2017

Beer festival favourite

I tried all the meads from the winery at the Reading beer festival (well, it was only polite) and this one was my favourite. Don't be put off by the description, its only a tiniest hint of ginger that just adds complexity to the honey flavour - there's not lashings of the stuff in it!

21st September 2015

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