Lucy samples the delights of Black Bee Honey’s limited edition Seaside Honey. Featuring vegetal notes, floral scents and a hint of pine (!), read on for more…
Honey provided in return for a review
Now, I must begin this review by saying that I’m not normally a big fan of honey. I love bees and I love the idea of honey, but I sometimes find it a bit too sweet – and distinctly unappetising when it’s crystallised in the jar.
However, upon being approached by Black Bee Honey’s lovely PR people, I was intrigued. Their new range of single-origin honey comes from the Norfolk coast, created by bees that foraged for sea lavender. As if that wasn’t enough, the description promised salted-caramel flavours, so I really couldn’t resist!
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When the jar arrived, my first impressions were positive. I absolutely love the packaging, with a fun bee illustration on the front and lovely typeface around the sides. It looks very pretty on our kitchen shelves.
The content of the jar was gorgeously golden and beautifully clear runny honey. I nearly opened the jar and dipped in a spoon as soon as it arrived – if it hadn’t been for the photography, I’ve have started eating right then!
Instead, I was achingly virtuous and set about making a sourdough loaf (my lockdown pastime!) to ensure I made the most of the Seaside Honey.
Black Bee Honey: Tasting Notes
When I did get round to eating it (nearly 24 hours later), the first thing I noticed was the floral scent the released when the honey came into contact with the warm bread. I’ve never known honey to smell like that and it was delightfully pleasing.
In terms of flavour, the seaside honey is initially sweet on the palate, before becoming savoury with an almost bitter finish. There are definite similarities to salted caramel.
The Chap, who clearly has a far more discerning palate than I do, commented that there was a pine-like, vegetal flavour.
Although I say that it was sweet, it didn’t taste artificially so. I’m not an expert, but it didn’t seem to have anything added to it, so the flavours were rich and complex.