Before there was wine, there was ambrosia. Archaeological evidence from China reveals that the oldest (known) alcoholic beverage consumed by humans was made from honey, rice and fruits over 9,000 years ago.
Inspiration comes from the Ancient Greeks in naming this drink “ambrosia”. Ambrosia is distinguished from mead as mead is traditionally made with the addition of beer yeast, whereas yume ambrosia is made with naturally occurring yeast in the honey or botanical additions, in keeping with the Greek tradition. Revered as a drink fit for the gods, ambrosia was thought to bestow strength and wisdom on those who drank it.
yume are working with monovarietal or single site honeys to convey a sense of WA’s distinctive terroir. Each of the beekeepers that we work with are migratory, moving their hives according to the season and available resources. Many of the endemic species that the bees forage are located in remote areas, largely untouched since European occupation, featuring trees older than a human lifespan. Honey’s inherent properties are derived from the sub-climate, soils, and topography in which it is produced and seasonal and year to year variation, which are translated through the flavours and aromas of the ambrosias.
Merrit Monovarietal (pet nat) 2019 – Norseman 750mL 6%
Merrit is an endemic eucalyptus species that produces an intensely flavourful honey with a nice acid line. Richly flavoured – though not dark or heavy – the honey itself has a piercing sweetness, luscious texture and bursting aromatics. Diluted with water, fermented until almost dry then bottled with a touch (10g/L) of residual sugar for spritz.
This ambrosia is made to be easy-drinking but also versatile with food and will continue to evolve in bottle over time.
Product of Australia
No additions other than honey, water, fruit and botanicals
Standard Drinks: 3.6