Even though greater production difficulties occur because pure, raw honey is used for fermentations, the intensity of flavor generated through this technique is worth the effort. Exhibits a richness similar to a fine liqueur, this dessert-style beverage is not fortified, hence, it should be consumed shortly after purchase to enjoy its natural and rich honey flavor. Chaucer’s Mead can be enjoyed in one of two ways, either chilled or heated with spices to create a delicious wintery drink. The honey is produced in hives throughout Northern California and is composed of a blend of three types; orange, alfalfa and sage. Each of these components brings a unique quality to the blend and contributes to the overall complexity. Orange adds a pungent orange blossom flavor and has light color. Alfalfa is neutral in flavor but yields a dark, amber color. Sage, on the other hand, has a mild taste and a light color.