Mead is an alcoholic beverage fermented from honey.
We know exactly how you feel! (Really, Thorin is also Celiac!) Mead has absolutely no gluten in it at all - nothing we make does, this way Thorin can drink it too!
Absolutely not. There are no grapes present in mead. Only honey.
That is the best part of the mead: the pollen. We do not filter our final product, so sediment is part of the settling of the bottle. This provides the natural aging of the mead and boldness to the flavor. Read: The older your bottle of mead the better it will taste. We left that stuff in there for a reason.
Mead is not a wine, therefore not for sniffing. The different honeys use for the fermentations give off different scents. The years alternate between available honeys of sunflower or mustard for the darker mead. Each has its own scent after fermentation.
Mead does not go bad like wine does; It doesn't oxidize. It can, however, turn into vinegar if bacteria is introduced.
The mead is not bad. This is a natural part of the aging process since we do not filter the pollen from the mead. The normal amount of time before this happens is usually a year after bottling. If it has become carbonated before a this, it is still not bad, but should be refrigerated and consumed soon.
Depending on the environment, mead will keep indefinitely. If kept in a cool and dark place, it will age much like wines do and only get richer as time passes.