Brimming Horn Meadery’s mead-maker Jon Talkington won a gold medal at the 2019 Mazer Cup International mead competition in March. The Mazer Cup International is known as the biggest mead competition in the world. There are more than 500 entries in the commercial categories alone and includes meaderies from all over the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and South America.
Brimming Horn’s winning mead was entered into the varietal sweet category. “Castanea” is a sweet traditional mead made from Italian chestnut honey “with complex aromatics and flavor with hints of forest, leather, ripe grape and spice.” Last year, Talkington took home a silver medal for Freya’s Kiss, his semi-sweet traditional made from Mesquite honey.
This Friday, April 5, will be the release of this gold-medal winner, under the name “Chestnut Blossom.” “Castanea” was a “mead club” exclusive and only available to Brimming Horn’s club members. “Chestnut Blossom” is still the same mead, but aged in oak barrels, and will be released to the public for all to enjoy.
Talkington said, “I’m always excited to work with a new variety of honey, and in this case it was chestnut blossom honey from Italy! When I tasted the dark, molasses-like, earthy and leathery honey with a slight bitter flavor, I knew what had to be done.
“I didn’t want to add anything to this unique honey. I wanted its complexity to shine. So I chose a unique yeast strain to carry out the fermentation, which gave this mead very fruity aromatics, and the mead sat a full year before we bottled it. Making this mead felt like paying homage to my ancestors, since my mom’s family came from Italy, and that made it even more special.
“I was very excited to hear the mead took a gold medal at the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition, which the biggest mead-only competition in the world. We always strive to make world class mead at the Brimming Horn Meadery, and winning a gold at the Mazer proves that we do!”
“Chestnut Blossom” goes on sale Friday, April 5, for $19.99 and will be available for online sales as well. The public will be able to sample the mead for $4 at the meadery near Lewes.