View Full Version : Taking Joe's Ancient Orange to wine tasting.

David Baldwin
06-01-2005, 10:54 AM
The last wine tasting at the LHBS in Grand Rapids (Cascade Winery) was so well recieved that they are putting on another one again on Thursday June 2nd.

Last time I introduced them to mead with "My Firstborn" and it was well recieved and sparked lots of conversation.

Thursday I'll be taking along some of Joe's Ancient Orange/Spice. I am printing the recipe for them, and have this web site listed as the source of the recipe and as a great place for anyone interested in mead.

I'll let you know how it goes.


David Baldwin
06-03-2005, 07:29 AM
Last night came off very well.

I took a bottle each of my batches #2 and #3. #2 is my stuck batch at about 8% ABV, and batch 3 fermented perfectly.

I didn't tell them which was the "bad" batch, and let them work it out. These are all home vintners with more experience than I have, so it was fun to see how they worked through this flawed fermentation.

Everyone was able to pick out which was the "flawed" batch, and one guy figured it out right away. He noted that the alcohol content was much lower, and deduced that fermentatoin had stuck and resisted my attempts to restart. (Turns out he's been in the same boat - recently.)

One person actually preferred the low alcohol very sweet mead. The others all thought that it would be great in a blender with some ice - kind of like a honey/orange margarita.

A very educational evening.


06-03-2005, 10:15 AM
sounds great David, I'll be bottling my ancient orange in a few weeks maybe I'll look around for a similar kind of thing in my area, sounded like a great time ;D

David Baldwin
06-03-2005, 11:11 AM

It's a great way to introduce someone to mead.

I printed the recipe out so that they could see just how unorthodox it is in formulation and method. It really grabs their attention. Of course I make sure to include the www.gotmead web address.

I made two converts last night, and they will be making some mead in the near future.

Hopefully we'll see them here on the forum soon!


06-03-2005, 12:19 PM
Great job David!

Hopefully we can all start restoring this ancient and magical beverage to its former glory!!!

06-03-2005, 06:40 PM
Here, here ;D

06-03-2005, 06:58 PM
I'll drink to that...lol...restoring the wonderful drink to all the glory it deserves ;D