Tasting the honey sweetness of the west

October 7, 2008 | By | Comments (2)


Team Bee gathered with our officemates yesterday to have a honey tasting.  We wanted to compare our two honey harvests with several others found throughout the West to really get a sense of how different honeys can be.
We sampled a total of TWELVE different varieties! Some bought from local specialty markets, some shipped from up and down the coast and a few we found here at home at our local Farmer’s Markets. Here is a list of the sweetness we tasted:

Moon Valley Honey in Raspberry, Blackberry, and Fireweed varietals
Forestville Blackberry and California Coastal Wildflower from Beekind
Small Bees Wildflower honey
Temecula Valley Honey Co. Local Orange Blossom and Local Avocado honey
Branches Black Button Sage
Big Sur Wild Honey from Bonny Doon Farm
Plus our own two Sunset honeys


We had a great time thinking of new vocabulary to describe each honey—since each honey deserved its own description! Some of the words thrown around the honey table: Cinnamon-y, spicy, nutty, fruity, tangy, woody, maple syrupy, smoky, buttery, caramel-y…

Fireweedhoney_3 Everyone had different opinions on which was the best, except we did all agree that the Moon Valley Fireweed honey was very tasty (cinnamon-y, nutmeg-y, with a yummy spicy kick) and it came in a rustic jar with the top dipped in beeswax!

My personal favorite?  The Moon Valley Blackberry.  Light, fruity and mighty tasty on toasted bread.

Now I ask you, dear reader, where does your favorite honey come from?

by Kimberley Burch, Sunset imaging specialist


  1. Margaret

    Hi John,
    Yes, it’s amazing-when we harvested the honey from the Sunset bees, we noticed that honey from each frame had its own particular taste.

    Almost all of the honey we tried was raw. It really makes a difference.

    October 8, 2008 at 6:10 pm
  2. John

    Looks like fun!

    It is amazing how different honeys crops taste … did you try any raw honey?


    October 8, 2008 at 12:24 am

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