You should go meet Michael Fairbrother in New Hampshire. He knows a thing or two about mead, and can probably help you determine quickly whether you don't like mead or just don't like crappy mead. Shouldn't be that far for you, and you can look him up online. Tell him Curt sent you.
Usually when I see people talking about ambrosia, nectar of the gods, or any kind of renaissance faire drivel, I run the other way. Usually that means they are more concerned about getting hammered than anything else. If you make good mead, it speaks for itself.
I have the same issue with wine. The stupider the name, the less likely I want to drink it.
Mead shouldn't taste like bitterness and wax lips. Don't give up on it. Keep looking.