I remember bottling our very first bottle of mead. It was so exciting to see an idea come to life. We now have 11 different meads in the bottle ready for you to enjoy. YES, 11! The craftmanship that goes into every bottle makes our meads something to buzz about. Mead is the term for honey wine and considered the oldest fermented beverage in history! When looking online or in store, it can kind of be overwhelming on which bottle of Southern Origin Mead to pick up and try. So, I wanted to write about each of our varietals to help you better understand which one is perfect for you! Our meads range from dry to sweet, you can make cocktails with them, and none of them are thick and syrupy. They drink like the finest wines, but watch out they will sting you!
This mead is the first one in our heritage series. My ancestors created the first newspaper in the area called the Canon Echo. This pyment (the term for honey grape wine) is a blend of cotton honey and muscadine wine. This mead is VERY dry and one of my favorites. Most dry wine drinkers turn their nose up to the thought of muscadine wine, but this mead is very different. The juicy muscadine is known to be one of Georgia’s premiere grapes, but this dry take on a mead blend is extraordinary. You taste the flavor of the grape but it drinks like a dry white wine such as a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
This traditional mead is cotton honey, water and yeast fermented and aged a year and half. This is our DRY take on a traditional mead and definitely one of the smoothest, easy sipping traditional meads on the market. You taste the tangy cotton honey, but it’s not sweet. This is the second mead in our heritage series. Our ancestors invented the cotton culler, a machine that separated the cotton seeds from cotton. This was invented prior to the cotton gin and on the label of this mead you can see the original patent.
The final part of our heritage series. This is another pyment (honey grape wine). This time we blended muscadine wine with our traditional mead. This is such a delicious match made in heaven! It tastes like biting the ripest muscadine grape on a hot summer day. This is the sweet version of this mead, while Echo is our dry version. If you like sweeter wine, this mead is definitely something you’ll enjoy!
This is another honey grape blend, but this time we paired a full bodied dry white wine called Petit Manseng with our Wildflower Honey Mead. This is a 51% honey mead to a 49% grape. They call Petit Manseng the red wine drinkers’ white wine. It’s dry and drinks the most like traditional wine. So, if you’re a big white wine lover, this may be your favorite!
This is our version of a rosé. This is a cotton honey base with organic hibiscus and then sweetened a tad with Orange Blossom Honey. This mead isn’t sweet and not super dry. It sits happily in the middle. It’s so easy to drink and super versatile!
This is a blend of Chambourcin and Wildflower Mead. Red wine lovers, this is such a great summer red. Serve chilled, this mead is smooth and so refreshing. You taste the honey on the front end and then it finishes dry. Legacy is semi sweet and one of our biggest sellers!
This is a blend of Traminette and Wildflower Mead. This mead is semi sweet, with tropical notes of the Traminette grape. Enjoy fresh notes of apples, honey, and fruit without it being super sweet. You really pick up the Traminette nose but taste the honey! This is the last mead in our traditional bottle, get it before it sells out!
This is a traditional mead made with our local wildflower honey. So the only components of this mead are just honey, water and yeast fermented and aged. I find this traditional mead to be the strongest in honey flavor. With its hint of oak, a lot of bourbon or craft beer drinkers love this mead!
Cherry Berry Ginger
Enjoy cherry, black berry with hints of ginger and Gallberry Honey. This mead isn’t super sweet, but definitely packs a fruity honey punch. I like dry wines, but this mead is one of my favorites. Great for cherry lime cocktails or to drink on it’s on, but seriously watch out with one, it’ll get ya!
Black Currant Mead
This is a cotton honey base with organic black currants sweetened with tupelo honey! This is one of our all-time biggest sellers. It’s sweet but tart and very versatile. You can make delicious spritzers or enjoy on it’s on, this mead is balanced and super smooth.
Georgia’s finest peach wine at your service! We use 3,000 pounds of fresh ripe peaches from Chitwood’s Orchard, our local honey, water and yeast and ferment and age this delicious mead. It tastes like biting into a peach cobbler, this sweet mead is a delicacy and always sells fast!
I know this is a long read, but hopefully it’ll help make your decision on how to enjoy the oldest fermented beverage in history. Grab a bottle or two online, in our meadery, in Cleveland at Jumping Goat Coffee Tasting Room or Noble Wine Cellar, or at select package stores. If you want your local package store to carry our mead, tell them to reach out to us and we will hook them up!