In a lot of the writing about mead including among brewers and enthusiasts, a lot of great word imagery is used: Honey wine, old Norse gods and Beowulf drinking mugs of mead, mythology such as being part of the creation of the term “honeymoon.” This is all great stuff and helps explain some of the attraction of learning how to make mead at home and becoming a mead enthusiast.
Mead is a hearty drink, usually containing a comparatively high alcohol content compared to most wines and beers and due to the honey as a key ingredient it should have a nice bouquet to go with it. It is always interesting to remember that a basic mead is made of only three key ingredients: Honey, yeast, and water.
It can be easy and a lot of fun to make up some 1 gallon batches of mead and experiment with different recipes and styles of mead making. There are several one gallon mead recipes on this site and that is one of the favorite batch sizes due to the lower time investment and ability to try numerous different flavors and types of honey.
Or you can just go ahead and start with larger 3 or 5 gallon batch sizes which have the potential to reward you with much more mead to enjoy if you hit on the perfect recipe. Either way, once getting started in making mead odds are good that it will become a hobby that will grow as soon as you sample that first really good batch that you like and think to yourself how great it is that you made it and that you want more of it.