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The Mead

MAXWELL-LOVED.

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Making wine from honey instead of grapes was first introduced to this country by Mark Maxwell’s father, Ken (1915 – 2004) whose devotion to the ancient craft created the benchmark for modern mead-making around the world. Today, Maxwell Mead is Australia’s favourite honey wine and the most successful range in the Southern Hemisphere. Not only is mead thought to be the oldest fermented drink originating in Northern China as far back as 7,000 BC, when the ancient Greeks discovered it, they called it ‘ambrosia’: the nectar of the gods. If you’ve never tried a honey wine, you couldn’t pick a better range. Because Maxwell Mead is Maxwell-made.

-LOVED.

“Ancient history with
contemporary cred”.

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With a keen and enquiring mind Ken Maxwell was a student of history, a notable measure of eccentricity saw his passion lean not to the long deceased Kings and Queens filling the educational text books of the time, but to the obscure and creative beverages upon which they indulged.

After a decade or more of experimentation with different honey’s and yeasts the famous Maxwell Honey Mead was born. The first commercial label was released in 1961 and with it, the birth the Australian mead industry.

Mark Maxwell remains true to the recipe and techniques pioneered by his father. Though the package may have evolved over the years, the quality and purity of the mead has not. A benchmark for others to follow, it has been awarded the ‘best pure varietal mead’ gold medal at the International Mead Festival Competition in the USA.

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Spiced Mead

Like many great things in history, spiced mead was born out of necessity. When mead found its way to England in the middle-ages by the sharp end of a Viking sword, honey was a cheaper commodity than sugar. Mead was fermented communally and was available for collection around the village. Often remaining there for weeks, spices were added as the mead began to spoil to mask any unpleasant flavours! A happy accident indeed.

In the early 70’s Ken Maxwell began selling his famous honey mead with an envelope of spice to allow mead drinkers to ‘mull’ their mead at home. These days Mark Maxwell does all the hard work for you as the now famous ‘Spiced Mead’ is made to a secret and finely honed family recipe.

With an army of loyal followers this winter elixir has warmed the hearts and bodies of a generation or more, a veritable potion of pleasure.

Tasting Notes

Colour Pale amber with golden hues

Nose Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove leaping from the glass, with honey and citrus undertones. Liquid hot cross buns

Palate These spicy characters are carried through on the palate where they fill the mouth with a complex and satisfying array of flavours.

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Alcohol 12.5%

$17.00
per Bottle
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South Australia 5171
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