How to taste honey

Our aim is to curate a collection of honeys that showcases the range of flavours, colours and textures. It's important to us that you get to taste and experience the uniqueness of each honey as they're like snapshots in time, capturing the flowers, weather, landscape and bees that made them at that particular moment..

Just as there’s a language to describe different wines, there’s one for honey too that gives us the words to describe their flavours and aromas. Here are examples of the words and associations we use when tasting our honeys and deciding its main flavour note:

  • Fruity: citrus, tropical fruits, dried fruits, red berries, tree fruits
  • Floral: rose, violet, blossom, elderflower
  • Fresh: less flower and more herbaceous like hay, grass, trees
  • Caramel: maple, toffee, marshmallow, butterscotch

To decide which your honey is first stir it smell, and then take a deep breath in. Hold your nose, taste a little and swirl it around your mouth for the first flavour notes to hit. Then let go of your nose and let the aromas come through and the flavours develop, I promise you’ll get different tastes and sensations coming through at different times! You can also get a sort of baldness on your tongue or a mouth-watering feeling; both are each due to having a different sugar composition reflecting the different nectars that make up each honey.

 A top tip is to eat apple and smell yourself to recalibrate your mouth and nose back to neutral in between tastings!