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Traditional Mead (37.5cl)

£5.99

Lyme Bay Winery is based at Shute in East Devon - originally a cider works, they moved into fruit wines and - later - mead, which has now become a success story and their best-selling product.

Traditional Mead is a sweet, deliciously full flavoured honey based wine. It is one of the oldest known alcoholic beverages dating back to Babylonian times. A great accompaniment to strong cheeses and full flavoured casseroles. Serve at room temperature.

37.5cl, 11%.

Lyme Bay Winery

What they say:

"The Lyme Bay Winery, originally Lyme Bay Cider Co., was founded on a dream to leave the City and return to the West Country to live. With a passion to make a real West Country cider, and inspired by the local Lyme Bay coastline, at first we produced just draught and bottled ciders, supplying local pubs and shops.

Over time we began making other traditional drinks, rediscovering the tipples country folk have always made and bringing them back to life. Many of these traditional country wines and fruit liqueurs have developed a real following and now we make a large range of award-winning drinks.

The Winery working year is hard work but interesting; punctuated by the seasonal availablity of the fruit and flowers and the temperamental nature of the weather.

The year begins in March with the collection of birch sap from local woods for our Birch Wine. We go nettle picking in March/April as the new growth starts to come through, then onto elderflower picking in May/June from our own

trees at the Winery, followed by cidermaking, which begins in the Autumn. We are very busy in-between with fermenting, blending, bottling and tasting!

In 2009 we launched new additions Nettle & Rosehip to our wine range, which have proved to be successful. In 2010 we added the modern touch of Blueberry Reserve Liqueur to our product range - made with a mixture of wild and cultivated blueberries to optimise both colour and flavour of the finished blend. 2011 was a very busy year with the launch of Quince Wine, a delicious Strawberry Liqueur and reserve Gooseberry Sparkling wine. We made only a reserve amount of 300 Gooseberry Sparkling bottles that quickly sold out. It took three years in the making - resulting in a complex & balanced wine with a subtle note of toast on the palate. We will be making more soon!

Our drinks are hand-made, by a small team of individuals, who utilise both traditional and modern production techniques to create the best quality tipples we can."