Honey Tasting Pictures

100 of the 106 honeys
Last month’s honey tasting fundraiser was a lot of fun. The turnout wasn’t what I was hoping, but the people who did show (despite some unpleasant weather that day) got very into it. To my great surprise, at least four people tried every one of the 106 honeys, and others tried a great deal of them. Not only that, many took extensive notes on the sheet that I provided, which was double-sided to list all 106 honeys and leave room for tasting notes.

Honey Tasting Fundraiser 2014
As you can see in the pictures here, the honeys were spread out over six tables, organized by type (floral source) or grouping (such as “forest” or “wildflower”, where the floral source is not specified). This allowed people to sample honeys in the same category that came from different countries, such as chestnut tree honey from France, Spain or Italy. One popular area was the table full of local Seattle honeys, which held their own in a room full of exotic honeys from 19 countries. Among the more freaky honeys, some people actually enjoyed the Arbutus honey from Portugal, despite it being so bitter.

Some of people’s favorite honeys from this tasting turned out to be:

  • Kiawe honey from Hawaii
  • “5th Month Honey” from the hills of Lampang, Thailand
  • Eucalyptus honey from Spain (Purmiel brand, harvested in a national park)
  • Seattle honeys, especially those from Rainy Day Bees, Honey Hole and Seattle Urban Honey.
  • French honeys from Brittany and Normandy.

It was gratifying to see people come away amazed at how different all the honeys were from each other, despite there being so many.

Keiko trying the beechwood honeydew honey

Tanner contemplating a flavor

Taste and smell

This guy knows his honey

A fun time


Altogether the tasting raised $500 to be donated to the fire relief fund set up by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. Now that I’ve done the work to get all the honeys organized and make the undersheets etc., I would love to do this again.

Honey Tasting Fundraiser: Oct 25

Try many kinds of honey, and help wildfire relief efforts!

Saturday October 25, 2014
4 – 7 pm
Northgate Community Center

• $20 minimum donation, tax-deductible, check or cash
• Drop in any time after 4, doors close at 7
• Leave time if you want to try many honeys!
• Palate-cleansers (crackers, water) will be provided

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As many of you know, this summer’s wildfires decimated a very large area in central Washington, with enormous impact on the people living there. As if the fires were not enough, the burned land has lately been prone to flash flooding and mudslides due to the loss of ground cover. The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has set up a Fire Relief Fund with a long-term focus on helping people rebuild their lives. All of the donated funds will go towards those affected by the fires.

If you cannot attend this honey tasting event and/or would like to help the area another way, you can:

About The Honey

I have been collecting honey for a number of years and have over 160 different kinds from around the world. For this tasting I will be choosing my favorites and some of the most unusual ones I own. This will include a fair number from our own state, and not only because of the purpose of the fundraiser. As it turns out, Washington produces some amazing honey.

This is your chance to get honey-experienced all in one go!