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Gosnells launches 75cl bottles of mead

London mead-maker Gosnells has released its sparkling 5.5%ABV mead with a new packaging and size.

The 75cl bottle format will retail at £10-12 a bottle in shops, or £20-25 a bottle in the on-trade.

Founder Tom Gosnell comments: “Mead’s time has come. We’re aiming to build on our success with this new format and continue to drive sales in the UK and abroad”

“In the past, and to some degree even today, mead was often high in alcohol – up to 15%.  It wasn’t taken seriously as a drink on a par with the finest wines; and as the crops from which the bees harvested their pollen changed every year, so too did the flavour and consistency of the meads.” 

“In contrast, the majority of our honey comes from Spanish orange groves, and this provides a consistent flavour profile, combining elements of sourdough bread, a certain richness and an edge of gentle orange.”

“For many producers, the honey is blended with other sugar sources such as barley or wheat. This has its roots historically where, even thousands of years ago, wheat was used as a cheaper alternative than honey. But we have opted for honey, water and time so as to create a drink which reflects the delicacy of our honey.

“In terms of food matching, Gosnells pairs well with food ranging from lighter dishes like salads and fish, but it also a perfect partner for desserts and English cheeses.”

15 May 2018 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor