The Mountain Ash tree, or Rowan [Luis in Gaelic] is very important in Highland folklore, being one of several trees associated with the Sidhe, or fairies. A Rowan will provide protection from witches and ill-luck when growing near a house and in the Norse tradition, it was often used for making rune staves.
It is appropriate that Scotland’s only meadery should make a mead using this most magical of Scottish trees. Berries from around the Rookery are picked in the early autumn then they are treated to make them edible, turning the parascorbic acid into the harmless sorbic acid. Turning poisonous berries into lovely ones is another form of magic done by The Rookery.
Mountain Ash Mead is the Rookery's driest mead, and probably the driest mead on the market, but it retains a gentle, nutty and herbal character, with an almost sake-like flavour. This mead is at its best when drunk like a shot after 30 mins in the freezer. Just don’t forget about it!
About the Meadery:
Rookery Craft Mead is an independent meadery in Perthshire. A huge amount of research goes into their meads, looking to evidence in the historical and archæological record for source material, then back-engineering these ancient drinks to create modern and exciting products. Almost all the ingredients, down to the wax seal, are foraged and sourced from the local area; if there was ever an authentic mead, this is it.
No sulphites, sugars or syrups are ever used by the Rookery.
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