Traditional Mead by Chaucer’s – Mead Review

By Ulf The Viking King Of Northumbria | Mead Reviews

Dec 16
Chaucers Mead Review - Traditional
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Today we'll be reviewing Chaucer's Cellars traditional mead, one of the 1/2 dozen of varieties they make at their locations in California's central coast.

As one more established meaderies in the United States, Chaucer's has been producing honey-wine since the mid 1960's.   Chances are, if there's any mead at your local winery, you'll see Chaucer's there.

In this week's review, rather than taking Chaucer's recommendation to spice / mull the mead, we reviewed the mead chilled.


Cause that's the way we like it dammit!, and we don't want to cover up the taste will clove, cinnamon, etc.

So without further ado, here's our review on Chaucer's traditional mead....


Mead Profile:

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    Color: Light yellow
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    Clarity: clear,  no head after pour
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    Bouquet:  strong honey profile, with citrus flower
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    Taste:  A sweet mead, lemon-y hints.  Oily, sweet / acidic after taste
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    Pairs Well With:  Light Flaky Fishes like trout or snapper, or with Bourbon, Bitters and Raspberries (which is how we consumed the rest after the review)
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Mead Men Notes:

Ulf The Viking King Of Northumbria

Ulf The Viking


...I was not especially impressed with this bottle of mead...  While it had some nice lemon-y hints on the initial first swig, it left an oily aftertaste.


Overall Rating:

I've had Chaucer's before, in fact I've had this very same mead about a year ago, and didn't mind it back then.  If I remember correctly, I think I drank the whole damned bottle myself.  This time around however I was not especially impressed with this particular bottle.  Maybe my palette has developed, or maybe there making some inconsistent mead. 

As a traditional still mead my nostrils were not surprised to find a strong honey nose and taste.  What WAS surprising were the nice lemon-y hints on the initial first swig, the problem was it left an oily / septic aftertaste that lingered for far too long..

Chaucer's Santa Cruz Tasting Room
3535 North Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073

Chaucer's Cellars is part of the larger Bargetto Winery in California's central coast.  They have been producing Honey Mead and Fruit Wines for over 50 years and have 2 tasting rooms

About the Author

Forged from the icy depths of the sea, Ulf, The Viking King Of Northumbria lives his life under an assumed name near the American city of Raleigh. When he is not drinking an inordinate amount of still mead, he enjoys playing the pan flute and spending time with his sea-maiden wife and two were-children.