The Oldest Alcoholic Beverage Ever Produced

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When Harry Potter first had mead, he remarked that though he had never had anything like it, he enjoyed it immensely! We hope that you will enjoy honey wine or mead, just as much as Harry did. Honey wine is called Tej (pronounced Ted-j in Ethiopia where it enjoys a long and glorious history. The stories go back to the 10th century BC, when the Queen of Sheba whose kingdom is believed to be in Axum, in the northern part of Ethiopia, traveled to Israel to meet King Solomon on a diplomatic mission. She is said to have carried lavish gifts including gold, gem stones and Tej. Although nobody quite knows when and how Ethiopians first decided to mix honey with water and ferment it with Gesho, the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History says that Tej is “thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverage ever produced.”

In the olden days, only the ruling elite had the privilege to drink Tej. The drink was so important that in the royal circles, there would be an exclusive Tej butler in charge of the drink. Luckily for us, now the drink is freely available in Ethiopia and now we’re trying to do the same, here in America.