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Discovering Honey Meads in Australia: A Journey with Thistle Meadery

Sue Allworden

3 min read

Jun 21




Welcome to the sweet and enchanting world of honey meads in Australia! Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, you will go through the rich landscape of Australian honey meads, focusing on the unique offerings of Thistle Meadery. Join us as we explore the history, flavors, and magic of honey mead.

The Ancient Elixir: What is Mead?

Mead, often referred to as the "nectar of the gods," is one of the oldest known alcoholic beverages, dating back thousands of years. Made by fermenting honey with water and sometimes adding fruits, spices, grains, or hops, mead can be sweet, dry, still, sparkling, or anywhere in between. This versatile drink has captivated humans for millennia, and its revival in the modern era is nothing short of extraordinary.

Mead's Journey to Australia

While mead has ancient roots in Europe, Africa, and Asia, its introduction to Australia is relatively recent. Over the past few decades, Australian meaderies have embraced this ancient craft, blending traditional methods with innovative approaches. This has led to the creation of unique, high-quality meads that reflect the diverse flora and fauna of the continent.

Introducing Thistle Meadery

Our Story

Thistle Meadery is a beacon of excellence in the Australian mead scene. Nestled in the heart of Australia’s lush landscapes, Thistle Meadery is dedicated to crafting exceptional honey meads that capture the essence of the land. Our journey began with a passion for beekeeping and a love for ancient beverages, evolving into a mission to produce the finest meads using locally sourced honey and botanicals.

Our Philosophy

At Thistle Meadery, we believe in the magic of nature. Our meads are made with 100% pure, raw Australian honey, water, and a touch of nature’s finest ingredients. We adhere to sustainable practices, ensuring that our production respects the environment and supports local ecosystems.

The Unique Flavors of Thistle Meadery

Australia’s unique biodiversity plays a crucial role in the flavor profiles of our meads. Native flora such as eucalyptus, banksia, and wattle impart distinctive characteristics to the honey, resulting in meads that offer a true taste of the Australian landscape.

Signature Meads

  1. Eucalyptus Blossom Mead

  • Flavor Profile: Light, floral, and slightly minty with a hint of earthiness.

  • Pairing Suggestions: Perfect with grilled seafood, fresh salads, and light cheeses.

  1. Bush Honey Mead

  • Flavor Profile: Rich and robust with deep caramel notes and a hint of spice.

  • Pairing Suggestions: Ideal with roasted meats, hearty stews, and aged cheeses.

  1. Wattle Flower Mead

  • Flavor Profile: Delicately sweet with floral undertones and a smooth finish.

  • Pairing Suggestions: Excellent with fruit desserts, creamy cheeses, and light pastries.

Pairing Mead with Food

One of the joys of mead is its versatility in food pairings. Here are some suggestions to enhance your culinary experience with Thistle Meadery’s offerings:

  • Sweet Mead: Complements desserts like fruit tarts, cheesecakes, or simply drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

  • Dry Mead: Pairs well with savory dishes such as grilled meats, seafood, and charcuterie.

  • Spiced Mead: Perfect with hearty dishes like stews, curries, and roasted vegetables.

How to Get Started with Mead

If you’re new to mead, here are a few tips to get you started on your honey mead journey:

  1. Visit Thistle Meadery: Come for a tour and tasting to experience our meads firsthand.

  2. Explore Varieties: Try a range of meads—sweet, dry, still, sparkling, and spiced—to discover your preferences.

  3. Experiment with Pairings: Have fun pairing mead with different foods to see how the flavors interact.


The world of honey meads in Australia is as diverse and enchanting as the country itself. Thistle Meadery is proud to be part of this vibrant scene, crafting exceptional meads that celebrate the unique flavors of Australian honey. Whether you’re enjoying a glass on its own or pairing it with a delicious meal, our meads offer a unique and delightful experience.

Sue Allworden

3 min read

Jun 21