Honey Journal — Entry 6
Name: Rare Hawaiian Organic Winter Honey
Buy it: At fine food groceries or here.
Country: Hawaii, USA
Purchased: November 2007
Color: Light butter scotch.
Flavor: Rich, creamy butter scotch with a suggestion of banana and pineapple. Want to know what Hawaii tastes like? Dip into this ambrosia.
Consistency: As dense as Kiwi shoe polish (I’m describing the texture, not the taste!) and smooth. You peel it rather than scoop it out of the jar.
Fragrance: Honey candle.
Notes: This honey is the product of the Volcano Honey Company. Their bees live on the Big Island of Hawaii. According to the company literature, the honey is collected from a variety of wildflowers that bloom in winter at 2200 feet up the north side of Mauna Kea volcano. The product organic ,unheated, untreated, un-anything, straight from bees living the good life in paradise. If human beings love living in Hawaii, I don’t see why bees would be different. They have expressed their appreciation by producing this fabulous tasting honey.
I received this honey as a gift from my nephew, Dan, who is studying in San Luis Obispo with a view toward the wine trade. In this he takes after my brother (of blessed memory), Mark, who founded and nurtured the boutique wine sensation, Red Car Wine. At a young age Dan has already developed a discerning palate and a taste for fine food. His choice of this honey is a case in point.