I've always loved honey, but have never ventured into
connoisseurship. I begin now and Rowse Organic New Zealand Forest
Honey is a good start. If I’m serious about being any kind of
connoisseur (and I’m not sure that I am, I just like to taste nice
things) then I should probably think of better words to use than
I taste the honey by itself on a tea spoon and am assaulted for just a
second by a bitter ear wax taste. It’s fleeting and almost
unpleasant and then it’s gone. Actually it’s not quite gone, but sits in
the background and allows the glory of the honey to come forward,
slowly washing through my mouth, dispersing the flavours of a forest
on different parts of my tongue.
It’s difficult to describe the complexity of it. I taste it again and this
time the waxy assault doesn’t happen. Subtle sap and floral hints float
around rolled up in something deeper and earthy, like strong, but
sweet ale. The sweetness is smooth and doesn’t burn in the throat.
Am I a connoisseur? A connoisseur would identify recipes which
work well with this particular honey. I don’t think a connoisseur
would continually eat the honey from the jar with a spoon. However, I
am now drinking a can of Ruddles County Ale whilst taking small
drops of the honey and they go together very well.