Excellent Honey Wine from the United Kingdom
First had it at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Years ago. Each year now I buy a bottle to take home. Wonderful over ice, as an aperitif, or just to enjoy all by itself.
Wanted a high alcohol sweet wine....
was not expecting this but i do believe i have a new St. Patties Day sweet treat with a kick! this stuff is fab! makes me want to move to Ireland home of Genius! Did not expect this while Wine tasting! i would not classify this with wine but maybe a Super light whiskey kinda like southern comfort but super honey sweet.
This IS real mead
For all you haters out there that keep saying that this is not real mead...I've been to Ireland and this is the EXACT mead that they serve there. Yes it is sweet and does not taste at all like wine, but just on those facts, don't say it's not real mead.
the Caddy of meads
If you think meads all taste like the stuff at Ren Faires, think again! Most places only stock the nasty stuff, but if you find a bottle of Bunratty, GRAB IT! Very smooth, not-too-sweet but strong honey-flavor, great velvety flow on the tongue. Excellent served chilled or warmed. Can also be mulled for a wonderful Yuletide drink. Also great with a few slices of lemon (or wedges) in it - again, warm or cold. Like another reviewer said, we also try to save it for special occasions, but once the bottle's opened, it vanishes. I've converted several "mead haters" with this one.
Absolutely wonderful. Sends a sweet honey glow throughout your whole body. Brilliant Stuff.
irish honeymoon fertility drink?
I dont know about the statement that it makes you fertile but it taste great with an ice cube floating in it and it has more of a punch than you would think. a friend brought this back from ireland this past weekend and she said we should have a sip and save it for special occasions...well the occasion got more and more special until we had emptied the bottle. its made from honey and is sweet but not cloyingly it has a smoothe as honey finish and a warm glow. and i think i will be asking about the case price for this.try it for your next special occasion,you wont be sorry.
Great for dessert or anytime
Nicely sweet but not cloying like some dessert wines. Honey flavor/aroma is very pleasant.
5 stars? You're Kidding!
I don't think it deserves 5 stars but not 1 star either. It clearly states it's flavored wine. It tastes like church wine, and the only honey flavor is the aroma right before it hits your tongue, then it's just sweet/tart white wine tasting more like church wine than anything else. Not bad if it's real cold and you want to get ripped, but not 5 stars and not THAT bad either... Probably would wash down a nice greasy burger really well.
what the hell is this?
My friend came back from deployment and I knew he loved mead, unfortunately for both of us the selection of mead by us is rather small so I picked up a few different bottles including this Bunratti stuff. My friend described the aroma and I quote, " this stuff smells as bad as urine and tastes worse than crappy port." If you want to try real, good mead look up Viking blod.
There's a reason they spell it MeadE
The reason is that it is dedinitely NOT mead. As other posters have mentioned, it's a white wine that's been re-sweetened with honey. There is of course a type of Mead that also uses Grapes, and it's called a Pyment. The difference is that in a Pyment the sugars from both the Honey(s) and grapes are fermented together. Bunratty and other similar pseudo-meads take finished wine (wine which is already fermented) and add honey. This makes a flavored wine, not a true Mead. To the poster who claimed that Bunratty IS real mead because he had it in Ireland, all I can say is "duh! It's MADE in Ireland!" Still doesn't make it mead, not to mention that being from Ireland has nothing to do with anything, as mead was made long before Ireland was even inhabited. Bottom line, read the label "White wine with honey and herbs"
I am going to do what is practically a first for me: I am going to dump a bottle of wine down the drain. I bought this because it was the only one in the store. I was warned it was sweet, but I was unprepared for how sickeningly sweet it is, nor was the "bouquet" appetizing. It amounts to little more than sweetened white wine - not a true mead. I've had other meads in the past, and have made some of my own, and believe me, they don't have to stink or be like sugar water. Don't waste your money.
It's not real mead!
Many years ago Bunratty made real mead. For some reason ($$) they decided that it was better to make something that resembled real mead so they started to make white wine blended with honey and herbs.
Real mead can be had from many other producers in the USA and for less than $16!!
Try Mountain Meadows or Rabbit's Foot Meadery Sweet Mead or heck even the old standby Chaucers Mead. Many choices exits today so don't settle for imitation mead!
While this product resembles mead and has a decent honey taste, that's where the similarities to real mead end. Real mead is made from honey, water and yeast.
Not real Mead
This product is not a real mead. It is a grape wine flavored with honey. A true Mead is made with nothing more than honey, water and yeast. That is why they spell the name of this as Meade and not Mead. For a real mead try Chaucer's, Rabbitsfoot or DesiDew.