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Allen's Honey Journal

Honey Journal #21

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009

Name: Honey of Nosy Komba You can buy it: In the village of Nosy Komba, Madagascar Country: Madagascar Purchased: February, 2009 Color: Dark amber Flavor: Dark chocolate with hints of coconut and traces of malt. Think: Dark Chocolate Mounds Bar. Consistency: Medium Fragrance: Faint chocolate. Notes: I bought this honey on our recent Prager listener cruise which began in Mombassa, Kenya and ended in the Seychelle Islands. I look for honey wherever I go, but finding it is...

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Honey Journal #20

Friday, Jan 9, 2009

Name: Native Chilean Raw Honey. Ulmo Tree Honey. You can buy it: At Whole Foods or on the Internet here. Country: Chile Purchased: January, 2009 Color: Lemon Curd Flavor: Anise with strong element of black currents. Has a very pleasant, lingering black licorice aftertaste. Consistency: Thick. Fragrance: Anise seed. Notes: Why don’t Peruvians, Bolivians and Ecuadorians look to Chile as their model rather than to some Leftist lunatic like Hugo Chavez? South America...

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Honey Journal #19

Thursday, Dec 11, 2008

Honey Journal #19 Name: Smiley Apiaries Tupelo Honey You can buy it: On the Internet here. Country: Florida, USA Purchased: October 2008 Color: Rapunzel gold Flavor:Rich and buttery with a clear statement of clove. Feels warm and soothing as it coats your throat. Very sweet, but not cloying. Consistency: Medium. Fragrance:A suggestion of cut hay. Notes:You might call this entry Tupelo II. I have read and heard so much about this prized honey that I didn’t want...

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Honey Journal #18

Thursday, Nov 13, 2008

Honey Journal Entry #18 Name: Savannah Bee Tupelo Honey You can buy it: On the Internet here. Country: USA Purchased: May 2008 Color: Sunrise gold Flavor: Rich and creamy with a pleasant lavender flavor. Consistency: Medium. Fragrance: Very mild with a suggestion of cotton candy. Notes: One honey world’s most famous and prized productions, Tupelo honey can only be harvested for a few weeks in April and May, mostly in the river basins of Southern Georgia and...

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Honey Journal #17

Thursday, Oct 9, 2008

Honey Journal Entry #17 Name: Pure Busy Bee Farm Honey You can buy it: By calling the farm in Larkspur, CO at 303-657-5360 or by emailing them here. steven_lechner@msn.com. For a little more info go here. Country: USA Purchased: September 2008 Color: Amber Flavor: A very pleasant nutty flavor with a strong hint of chocolate and raisins. Consistency: Medium. Fragrance: Chocolate honeycomb. Notes: This honey was a gift from the Colorado Prager Group. Last month the...

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Honey Journal #16

Thursday, Sep 11, 2008

Name: Pure Dakota Honey You can buy it: On the internet here. Country: USA Purchased: August 2008 Color: Corn Tassel Gold Flavor: This is classic clover honey, the kind of honey you’re used to only much better. Rich and granular, it tastes like the sweet, clean air of a freshly harvested farm field. Consistency: Medium to heavy. Sticks to the spoon. Fragrance: The clean scent of fresh clover. Notes: I bought this honey during a stop in North Dakota on our way to the...

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Honey Journal #15

Monday, Aug 4, 2008

Name: Rosas Organic Honey You can buy it: On the internet here. Or the next time you’re in La Paz. Country: Bolivia Purchased: May, 2008 Color: Peanut Brittle Brown Flavor: Distinct lemony flavor with a minty follow through. Refreshingly tart. Consistency: Medium. It’s worth noting that this honey sits in the jar like organic peanut butter – a thin oil layer on top of a thicker layer underneath. You have to mix it up to even out the consistency....

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Honey Journal #14

Monday, Jul 14, 2008

Name: Grandpa Yoders Pure HoneyYou can buy it here: Sparta, Tennessee which is about half way between Nashville and Knoxville. It’s not available at a gourmet food store or over the Internet. You have to go to Tennessee to find it. I know it’s a long way for a jar of honey, but, doesn’t a trip to Tennessee sound like fun?Sparta is a small town of 5,000, justly proud of its bluegrass musical tradition. You thought I was kidding about going to Tennessee? Wait...

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Honey Journal #13

Thursday, Jun 19, 2008

Name: Heather Hills Farm Scottish Heather Honey You can buy it here: At Fox and Obel’s in Chicago where I bought it. (More on this fantastic gourmet store in a future entry) or, on the internet. Country: ScotlandPurchased: May, 2008 Color: Butterscotch Flavor: Intense, flower flavors. More piquant than sweet. It’s a challenging, but very pleasant taste. Not medicinal, but almost. This is not an introductory honey. This is for more sophisticated tastes....

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Honey Journal #12

Monday, May 26, 2008

Name: Pitcairn Island Pure Honey You can buy it here: On the Internet. Country: Pitcairn Island. You can learn more about the island here. But here are a few interesting facts. Only 48 people live on the atoll, making it the least populated country in the world, even though it’s not really a country. It’s still a British protectorate. Purchased: December, 2007 Color: Sauterne. The color of a rich, white desert wine. Flavor: Tropical fruit salad with...

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Honey Journal #11

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Honey Journal — Entry 11 Name: Heavenly Organics, Organic Wild Forest Raw Honey (Unheated) You can buy it: at Whole Foods or on the Internet here. Country: India Purchased: March, 2008 Color: Dark amber with a silty, muddy crown Flavor: Black licorice Consistency: Medium thickness with lots of crystals. Has a “raw” feel to it. Fragrance: Earthy with a licorice scent that greets you the moment you open the jar. Notes: Honey and beekeeping have a venerated...

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Honey Journal #10

Monday, Mar 17, 2008

Honey Journal – Entry #10 Name: Hill Tribe Gourmet Honey from Lychee Flowers. You can find out all you want to know about lychees here. You can buy it here: On the internet. Country: Thailand Purchased: February 2008 Color: Light Gold Flavor: Flowery with a sharp, piquant finish that lingers on the palate. The lychee fruit is known for its “rosy” flavor and you can definitely taste it in this honey. Consistency: Syrupy Fragrance: Very mild brown sugar...

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Honey Journal #9

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008

Honey Journal – Entry #9 Name: Living Foods Hawaiian Lehua Honey You can buy it at Whole Foods or on the Internet here. Country: Hawaii, USA Purchased: December 2008 Color: Carmel Flavor: Malted milk shake. Seriously. Consistency: Dense. Crystallizes naturally. Fragrance: Barely perceptible “beeswaxy” scent. Notes: This honey is gathered from the bright red Lehua flower found on the islands of Hawaii. It’s pure, raw honey and looks it....

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Honey Journal #8

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008

Honey Journal — Entry 8 Name: Rees Estate, Private Reserve Honey You can buy it here: Unfortunately, it’s not for sale. Country: Woodland Hills, CA Purchased: Given as a gift in January 2008. Color: When you look into the jar, the honey is as dark as ink. Rich brown halos rim your spoon as you lift the honey into the light. Flavor: Deep molasses with a black licorice after taste. Hints of orange peel give it a nice tang. Consistency: Heavy, but...

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Honey Journal #7

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007

Honey Journal – Entry 7 Name: Eucalipto You can buy it here: Whole Foods or on the Internet here. Country: Italy Purchased: December 2007 Color: Caramel Flavor: Fresh, slightly tart lemon with a cool eucalyptus follow through. Consistency: Thick. Like dipping into a rich batch of caramel. The spoon won’t sink into the jar. You have to push it in to scoop out the honey. Fragrance: Lemony. Notes: This honey is harvested on the plains of Maremma, a region of...

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