Categories of mead

MMC 2020 will have 12 categories as per below list:

M1- traditional mead (with no additions)

  • M1A Dry
  • M1B Medium (semi sweet/semi dry)
  • M1C Sweet 

Meads in M1 category should not contain any additional ingredients. It is allowed to use small quantities of hops and/or tea if they not influence the aroma and taste (mainly for tannins). Oak ageing is allowed, it is not an ingredient, but it should be declared in the entry form. 

M2- fruit meads (melomels) 

  • M2C Berries
  • M2D Stone fruits 
  • M2E Other fruits 

Meads in M2C category should contain only berry fruit (one or more). Meads in M2D category should contain only stone fruit (one or more). Other fruits or mix of berries and stone fruits should be entered into M2E category. It is allowed to use small quantities of hops and/or tea if they not influence the aroma and taste (mainly for tannins). Oak ageing is allowed, it is not an ingredient, but it should be declared in the entry form. Every declared fruit should be noticeable in some degree in aroma and/or taste.

M3 – spiced meads (metheglins)

  • M3A Fruit and spice 
  • M3B Herbal, spiced and vegetable

Meads in M3A category should contain one or more fruit and one or more herbal, spiced or vegetable ingredient. Meads in M3A category should contain one or more herbal, spiced or vegetable ingredient. It is allowed to use small quantities of hops and/or tea if they not influence the aroma and taste (mainly for tannins). Oak ageing is allowed, it is not an ingredient, but it should be declared in the entry form. Every declared ingredient  should be noticeable in some degree in aroma and/or taste.

M4 – specialty meads

  • M4A Braggot and honey beers
  • M4C Experimental and other meads
  • M4S Session and mead under 7.5% ABV
  • M4X (OPEN category) – Other alcoholic beverages containing honey Category restricted for professional competition only (PRO)

Meads and beers in M4A category should have a beer style and honey variety declared. M4X category is for alcohols such as: distillates, tinctures, liqueurs etc, as long as they show the honey character.

Detailed descriptions of mead styles can be found on Mead Judging Programme website:
http://meadjudgingprogramme.com/ or by clicking [HERE]

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