Geographical Sources: Tasmania, Australia
Floral Source: Predominantly the blossom of the Leatherwood tree (Eucryphia Lucida and Eucryphia Milliganni).
Appearance: A set honey with a light amber colour.
Flavour: Very distinctive - a fragrant perfumed flavour with herby overtones „
My father was an Entomologist since childhood and kept bees for many years - until he was stung one too many times and started to develop and alergic reaction - and so was advised to give them up - much to his displeasure.
We lived in rural Kent in the 1960s and the bees produced wonderful dark honey which he would extract from the hives on the combs (usually getting stung a few times), cut off the caps of the honey cells and spin the combs in a special centrifuge to produce the raw honey which was then filtered through a muslin cloth.
My sister and I got to chew the waxy/honey mix from the caps - delicious - apart from the waxy bit you had to spit out.
Most honey I've tasted since is bland and tasteless compared with my fathers' product which had a nice aftertaste that you just don't get with the blended stuff. Initially clear, his honey would be clear then gradually crystilise naturally (which would melt on hot toast) which is not the same as a the artificially creamed product you usually buy today.
Tasmanian Leatherwood is the only honey that comes close to the honey my father made (or to be more accurate, his bees made) as it has the same slightly tangy aftertaste which real honey should have.
*Oh you product of the bee with deadly sting ,how is it you are so sweet*? One of lifes mysteries ,dont you think? Did you know there is a honey shortage at the moment ,my local Health Store assistant,told me that because of bad bee farming practices in china an aphid is eating the the larvae of the bee ,so this has created a world shortage. I have reason to believe him because if you look at some supermarket shelves no honey. I tasted this particular brand years ago,and it is deliciously sweet. Nice on buttered wholemeal bread ,and can be used as sweetner to marzipan, instead of sugar,also in cakes shortbreads biscuits. Honey is also a good cosmetic ,dilute in water and comb through your hair, to set it,a tiny amount goes a long way ,it is also a healer, having a natural antiseptic ,in it. Good to iron out wrinkles contains vitamin B6 and is good for the heart. Another useful thing is honey can treat burns,and the bandages dont stick,but peel off a few hospitals use honey in this way. It would help reduce superbugs wouldnt it. So eat honey and stay healthy,this brand is particularly nice.