Following the success of the highly sought after chrysanthemum mead from Lion City Meadery comes another seasonal release.
The second seasonal mead in their "Liang-teh" or "asian herbal tea" series is homage to the Longan Red-date Tea. The original tea was traditionally consumed by pregnant women as a prenatal tonic. Consumption of the tea was believed to impart notable benefits such as increased blood circulation, fortified immune system and general well-being. In modern times, just about anyone has access to this tea and it's readily available as a yummy packaged ready to consume beverage.
In an attempt to preserve as much of the original flavours as possible, the folks at Lion City raided the chinese medical halls for dried red-dates and dried longans that were specifically graded for aroma and sweetness. Then, they steeped and boiled everything, added their proprietary blend of honey and fermented the mixture into this mead.
The result is a slightly hazy blonde mead with a strong notes of red dates on the nose with hints of dried longans. The sweetness of the red dates are balanced off by the honey, followed by the warm sweetness with a slight acidity from the dried longans and the honey.
Finished at 7% ABV, this mead is great for all day drinking.
Like all their seasonal meads, this is a one-off brew in very limited quantity and only available while stocks last. (Yes, the chrysanthemum mead won't come back any time soon, sadly.)
Time to stock up on your CNY supplies with this delightful drink before it's all gone! You can purchase the Red Date Longan Mead here from 31st January 2021 onwards.