This years tasting was a sweet and very interesting one honeys. For anyone that might consider honey as a ubiquitous sweet spread and that IS the impression you might have from tasting the average blended table honey this tasting would have been an eye-opener. Flavors spanned the spectrum from light and flowery to darkly complex, with all sorts of nuances in between.
The tasting consisted of eight different jarred honeys, plus a honeycomb from Marshalls Farm, with Pt. Reyes Blue cheese, which highlighted just how well these sweets complement the sharp saltiness of the blue. We tasted the honeys blind, which included:
1) Yellow Star Thistle from Moonshine Trading
2) CIA Herb Garden from Marshalls Farm
3) Forest Honey from Regioni de Asiago
4) White Truffle Honey from Lulus
5) Manuka Honey Blend from Comvita (New Zealand)
6) 6) Pumpkin Blossum Honey from Marshalls Farm
7) Italian Chesnut Honey from Lulus
8) Wildflower Honey from Jim Talboy, Berkeley Farmers Market
9) Honeycomb from Marshalls Farm, with Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese
The easiest to pick out, for me at least, were the White Truffle Honey and the Pumpkin Honey (which happens to be a personal favorite that I keep stocked at all times!). The Truffle Honey was unmistakable, as the truffle flavor came through nicely and turned the overall honey both sweet and savory. I dont know what Id do with this, but it certainly was delicious. The Pumpkin honey, to my taste, offers a bit of spice that makes me think it would be good with hot sopapillas or something of the sort.
The Hound who best matched the honeys with their producers was Joel (jaweino). He went home with a jar of Eucalyptus Flower Honey from Marshalls Farm. Marshalls has a booth at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday as well as a few other markets in the Bay Area. It can also be purchased at Rainbow Grocery and Whole Foods, among other locations.