Western Canada’s First MeaderyTugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery
Introducing…Bob Liptrot -Meadmaker-keeping bees since age 7-Masters degree in Entomology-making mead for over 30 years
HISTORY OF MEAD                        The "Man of Bicorp" holding onto lianas to gather                        honey from...
The Origin of Recipes•As early as the 1700’s•why we have chosen particular recipes.
A 9,000 year history of mead*fermented beverages confirmed from residue on pottery shards*research conducted by archeochem...
A 9,000 year history of meadProto-historic alcohols in china were known as Jui and Chang*produced by mold saccharification...
A 9,000 year history of mead*the Hochdorf tomb from around 540-520 BC Celtic/Greek -brass cauldron 104cm dia. X 80cm h. 50...
Mead in brief decline*approx. 1500-1600 AD with the introduction of sugar cane from Indiaand the new worldThe recent histo...
QUALITIES TO LOOKFOR -Mead . . . ranges fromvery dry to very sweet-Some products are alelike -Some are fortified-Others li...
The Origin of Mead NamesNames relate to the ingredientsHydromel      - means water honey in Greek              -French nam...
The Origin of Mead NamesGreat Mead - aged several yearsShort Mead - meant to age quicklySac Mead     –derived name from fo...
VARIETIES OF MEADSac Mead - 20-25% more honey and water (Sauterne-like)Melomel - Honey wine using fruit excluding apples o...
VARIETIES OF MEADCyser - Honey wine made with apple cider or fresh apple       juiceHydromel - Light honey wine 10% alcoho...
VARIETIES OF MEADHippocras - Honey wine made with grape juice and spicesTraditional Mead - Honey and water fermented toget...
VARIETIES OF MEADPyment - Honey wine made with grapes/grape juiceMorat - Honey, water, and mulberriesTej   -Honey wine mad...
OTHER                        MEAD VARIANTSAcerglyn-     maple syrup and honeyBochet-       made with caramelized honeyBrag...
Metheglin-    herbs and or spices added to meadMorat-        mulberries blended with honeyOmphacomel-   honey blended with...
ETHNIC VARIANTSBalche-    Native Mexican meadCzworniak- Light Polish style meadChouchenn- Traditional mead from BrittanyDa...
ETHNIC VARIANTSMidus-         Lithuanian term for mead infused with herbs              and fruit, sometimes distilledPitar...
OUR PHILOSOPHY-Our meads -primarily from our own honey and berries or from Southern Vancouver Island-not certified organic...
What does Vertically Integrated Mean?•Keeping your own bees        Fill up boxes naturally•Source of honey    •Mountains, ...
HOW TO SERVE MEADTemperature- -serve at cellar temperatureStorage--once opened, will keep for up to 2 weeks-fruit based me...
Pairing –-fruit meads pair wellwith spicy foods-like a dry sherry, with acheese course-pastas and light meats-sweet meads ...
Where To Find Tugwell Creek Meads?GREATER VICTORIA:                         SOOKE:                                 TOFINO:...
All About Mead (and Tugwell Creek Mead)
All About Mead (and Tugwell Creek Mead)
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

All About Mead (and Tugwell Creek Mead)

1,042 views

Published on

Do you know mead?

It's definitely not just your Grandma's dessert wine. Mead has a storied history spanning over 9000 years.

Get to know mead; where it came from; what to look for in a mead; and it's many names & varieties here and around the world.

Learn a bit about how to pair mead, how to serve mead, a little about Tugwell Creek mead, and most important...

Where to buy Tugwell Creek Mead.

www.tugwellcreekfarm.com

All About Mead (and Tugwell Creek Mead)

  1. 1. Western Canada’s First MeaderyTugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery
  2. 2. Introducing…Bob Liptrot -Meadmaker-keeping bees since age 7-Masters degree in Entomology-making mead for over 30 years
  3. 3. HISTORY OF MEAD The "Man of Bicorp" holding onto lianas to gather honey from a beehive as depicted on an 8000- year-old cave painting near Valencia, Spain•oldest fermented beverage - Neolithic period• festivals and religious drink • Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Ethiopians, Scandinavians, Assyrian, Inc as, Aztec• aphrodisiac• life, wisdom, courage and strength• origins of the word Honeymoon• popular until the 18th century
  4. 4. The Origin of Recipes•As early as the 1700’s•why we have chosen particular recipes.
  5. 5. A 9,000 year history of mead*fermented beverages confirmed from residue on pottery shards*research conducted by archeochemist Dr. Patrick McGovern, PennState U.*Neolithic village site of Jiahn, Henan province, N. China*Compounds identified by G & L chromatography-mass spectometry,infrared spectometry & stable isotope analysis*main compounds included rice, honey and hawthorn fruitPrehistoric meads at Jiahu paved the way for proto-historic secondmillennium cereal based alcohols of Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties1250-1000 BC*liquid samples found in 3000 year old bronze jars*rice and millet wines
  6. 6. A 9,000 year history of meadProto-historic alcohols in china were known as Jui and Chang*produced by mold saccharification (breakdown of carbohydrates in grainto simple fermentable sugars)*yeast then enters the process adventitiously starting fermentationParallel prehistorical and proto-historical mead evolution*resinated mead wine inside two jars excavated at Hajji Firuz, Iran 5400BC*earliest confirmed barley beer excavated at Godin Tepe, Iran 3500-3100BCRecent historical evidence of mead*Egyptian examples of honey and or mead*5th dynasty Ne-Woser-Re at Abusis*18th dynasty vizier Rekhmire at Thebes
  7. 7. A 9,000 year history of mead*the Hochdorf tomb from around 540-520 BC Celtic/Greek -brass cauldron 104cm dia. X 80cm h. 500 l. vol. -nine drinking horns 5.5 l. vol. eachOld English references*tales of King Arthur 5th-6th century*old English epic poem Beowulf 8th century*Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”14th century
  8. 8. Mead in brief decline*approx. 1500-1600 AD with the introduction of sugar cane from Indiaand the new worldThe recent history of mead*enjoying a comeback as an offshoot of the wine and ale industries*aprox.200 plus meaderies in N. America*receiving publicity from movies books etc.
  9. 9. QUALITIES TO LOOKFOR -Mead . . . ranges fromvery dry to very sweet-Some products are alelike -Some are fortified-Others like white or redwines-Fruit, herbs, vegetablesor spices can be added-If it is fermented withhoney, it is mead -higher fruit and honeycontent-intensifyflavour
  10. 10. The Origin of Mead NamesNames relate to the ingredientsHydromel - means water honey in Greek -French name for meadMelomel - Honey wine using fruit -depending on fruit base, more specific namesMetheglin –originated from folk medicine -derived from Welsh (meddyglyn) - (meddyg) healing + (llyn) liquor
  11. 11. The Origin of Mead NamesGreat Mead - aged several yearsShort Mead - meant to age quicklySac Mead –derived name from fortified sherry -bore nickname “Sack” in England -derived from Welsh (meddyglyn) - (meddyg) healing + (llyn) liquorBraggot- -Welsh origin (bragawd)
  12. 12. VARIETIES OF MEADSac Mead - 20-25% more honey and water (Sauterne-like)Melomel - Honey wine using fruit excluding apples or grapesMetheglin - Honey wine made with any herbs, spices
  13. 13. VARIETIES OF MEADCyser - Honey wine made with apple cider or fresh apple juiceHydromel - Light honey wine 10% alcohol or less - May include any ingredients from other categories
  14. 14. VARIETIES OF MEADHippocras - Honey wine made with grape juice and spicesTraditional Mead - Honey and water fermented togetherBracket or Braggot - Honey wine made with malts and grains
  15. 15. VARIETIES OF MEADPyment - Honey wine made with grapes/grape juiceMorat - Honey, water, and mulberriesTej -Honey wine made with Gesho -spontaneous fermentation
  16. 16. OTHER MEAD VARIANTSAcerglyn- maple syrup and honeyBochet- made with caramelized honeyBraggot- honey, hops and or malts of grainBlack mead- blackcurrants and honeyCapsicumel- addition of chili peppers to meadCyser- apple juice and honeyHydromel- light low alcohol meadMelomel- fruit juice added to honey
  17. 17. Metheglin- herbs and or spices added to meadMorat- mulberries blended with honeyOmphacomel- honey blended with verjuiceOxymel- wine vinegar and honeyPyment- honey with red or white grape juiceRhodomel- rose hips, petals or rose attar and honey
  18. 18. ETHNIC VARIANTSBalche- Native Mexican meadCzworniak- Light Polish style meadChouchenn- Traditional mead from BrittanyDandaghare-A mead of NepalMedovina- Eastern European variants of traditional regional meadsMedovukha- Eastern Slavic variants of local meadsMyod - Traditional Russian meads available in three major varieties
  19. 19. ETHNIC VARIANTSMidus- Lithuanian term for mead infused with herbs and fruit, sometimes distilledPitarrilla- Ancient Mayan mead using wild honey and balche tree barkPoltorak- Aged or great style Polish meadSima- Low alcohol lemon flavoued Finnish meadTej- Ethiopian meads fermented with wild yeasts, gesho root and or grainsTrojniak- Classic Polish mead
  20. 20. OUR PHILOSOPHY-Our meads -primarily from our own honey and berries or from Southern Vancouver Island-not certified organic-bees forage on wild plants of S. Vancouver Island-all fruit is unsprayed - sulphites- far less than in grape wines
  21. 21. What does Vertically Integrated Mean?•Keeping your own bees Fill up boxes naturally•Source of honey •Mountains, clean •Blossoms, Fireweed, Blackberry •Non-agricultural •Non-genetically modified •25K radius•Handling raw product•Preference of style •Amount of honey used •Strong sense of aromatics, complexities
  22. 22. HOW TO SERVE MEADTemperature- -serve at cellar temperatureStorage--once opened, will keep for up to 2 weeks-fruit based meads –treated like high quality grapewineCellaring--straight honey meads will cellar up to 20 years-some fruit meads become more sherry like-sweeter meads more Sauterne like
  23. 23. Pairing –-fruit meads pair wellwith spicy foods-like a dry sherry, with acheese course-pastas and light meats-sweet meads are goodwith dessert
  24. 24. Where To Find Tugwell Creek Meads?GREATER VICTORIA: SOOKE: TOFINO:Beacon Landing Liquor Store Buffy’s Liquor Store Clayoquot Wilderness ResortCascadia Beer and Wine - Quadra Street Castle Beer and Wine Long Beach LodgeCascadia Beer and Wine - Hatley Park Markus’s Wharfside Maquinna Liquor StoreThe Cask & Keg Liquor Store Seventeen Mile Liquor Store SALTSPRING ISLAND:Fairmont Empress Hotel Sooke Harbour House Fulford Inn Beer and Wine Store, FulfordFour Mile Liquor Store Stone Pipe Grill Harbour House Beer & Wine, GangesHillside Liquor Store MALAHAT / COWICHAN VALLEY: The Local Liquor Store, GangesHotel Grand Pacific Beverly Corners Liquor Store Upper Ganges Liquor Store, Ganges RoadLaurel Point Hotel Bistro La Pommeraie VANCOUVER:Liquor Depot Malahat Mountain Inn Liberty Wine Merchants – Granville IslandLiquor Express - Tillicum Mall, Keating The Honeypot Liquor Store Liberty Wine Merchants – Point GreyLiquor Plus - Douglas Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn Liberty Wine Merchants – Park & TillfordLiquor Plus - Saanich Centre NANAIMO / NORTHEAST ISLAND: Raincity GrillLiquor Plus - Royal Oak Coast Discovery Inn, Campbell River Salt Tasting RoomLiquor Plus - Cobble Hill & Duncan Crossroads Liquor Depot, Nanaimo Burgoo RestaurantsLoghouse Pub Beer and Wine Store Ladysmith Liquor Depot Regional Tasting LoungeThe Marina Restaurant Landlubber Pub Liquor Store, NanaimoThe Penny Farthing The Village Liquor Store, ParksvilleSpinnakers Beer & Wine - James Bay Wellington Liquor Store, NanaimoSpinnakers Beer & Wine - Vic West Wheatsheaf Beer and Wine, NanaimoSpinnakers PubThe Strath Beer and Wine Store

×