Looking for mead...
I've been looking high and low for a place to try mead in Toronto, and I haven't found anything yet. (The LCBO isn't carrying any right now.) Anyone have any suggestions for places where I might be able to try some?
Also, for bonus points, if anyone knows where one could buy elderflower or elderberry syrup/concentrate/cordial, I'd love to hear it!
Moniack has been delisted for almost 2 months now. I ~literally~ got the LAST bottle in Ontario, a hand-carry from the pair that was in Petawawa to Kanata, and I picked it up there. I was almost ready to drive to TO to get the half-dozen downtown, thats how good this stuff is. When I decided, they were GONE.
If anyone knows where in CANADA it can be bought and mailed, let me know? Otherwise I'll have to have a friend in the UK bring some over (he winters in NS, don't ask me why...)
As for the Trafalgar stuff, it tastes VERY malty... a very poor substitute for the excellent Moniack. The Chaucers stuff LCBO had two years ago was no better. Anyone wanna start a petition to try to get LCBO to bring it back?
The SAQ in Quebec has many PQ-made meads listed, although half of them are 'berry-flavored' instead of natural honey-mead (look under hydromel) Any recommendations would be appreciated (I'm across the river in Ottawa, so SAQ's are easily accessed)
The Beer Store carries several different flavoured meads. I've only tried the black currant one, but I quite liked it. Not too sweet and not at all artificial tasting (however, other previous posters have likened Trafalgar Brewery's meads to sickly sweet coolers, FYI):
If you're looking for the type of mead that is strictly yeast-fermented honey and water, however, you might have to contact the meaderies themselves (there are several in Ontario):
There have been other threads on this topic:
For elderberry syrup, I'd try Ikea. They usually carry both elderberry and lingonberry syrup.
Another good bet would be Viking Fine Foods and Catering, at 133 Laird: