View Full Version : new, to me, varietals

12-12-2010, 06:52 PM
I was at the semi-annual 4th Avenue street fair here in Tucson, and stopped by a honey vendor's booth. They had a HUGE selection and I was able to try Buckwheat and Meadowfoam for the first time.

Their prices were way too high, but it was good to experience new honeys.

The buckwheat struck me as a great choice to use in a dark braggot.

Medsen Fey
12-13-2010, 10:15 AM
I had the opportunity to go to the Bee Folks booth when they were in Florida a couple of years ago, and it was one of the most educational experiences I have had as a mead maker. I was able to taste at least a dozen different varietals side by side and the differences were striking. For me it was eye-opening.

12-13-2010, 06:41 PM
yes, my local apiarist has 8 different varietals, all the time, with about 3 seasonal low flows that appear now and then. She has tasting and I really enjoy comparing them. I've loved honey for a lot longer than I've been brewing mead. And (as I'm hearing a lot of apiarists do) she loves talking especially about the honey.