Friday, December 9, 2016

Food Feature Friday #7: Newbies Part 2, Golden Nectar!!!

Last Friday I did a review on the majority of items from my mini Trader Joe's haul, which you can check out HERE. The only I didn't review for you guys, was the "Rainbow of Honey" that I had purchased. 

The only reason I decided to separate it, was because there are 6 individual honeys that deserve to each be reviewed. In order to cut down the amount of reading you'd have to do in last weeks post, I decided to split it up into two parts. So here is Newbies Part 2!

The entire set will set you back about $10 (less than $1.70 per honey) and comes with 6 unique honeys from around the world. You'll find yourself with 2 honeys from the USA, 1 from Ukraine, 1 from Mexico, 1 from Argentina, and 1 from Brazil. Each glass bottle
comes with 4 oz. of smooth honey, packed with a corkscrew top. While you may be thinking "how can honey really be that different", this group of honeys is the exact product for proving that the difference is in the bees. And flowers of course. 

Each honey has a mini description on the back of it, claiming to give you all you need to pick the perfect honey, but I'm here to give you my honest thoughts and if it really lives up to his name. 

I'm not a connoisseur, just a simple mother who loves tea and honey.  

Clover - USA
The first honey in our bundle (the lightest shade of honey on the left), is described as having a "light, delicate flavor". 

It smells very similar to a sweeter honey I had as a child, that I would drizzle on my toast with peanut butter as a kid. To this day I can't remember the kind of honey that was. 

The clover flower is part of the bean family, but don't let that fool you. There is nothing "beany" about this honey. It has a sweetness to it, that makes for an excellent honey on morning biscuits. If you need honey for a bakery treat, I suggest this honey as it's quality far surpasses the bear we've all seen in the grocery store. 

I suggest having a chamomile or subtle tea, as it does add it's own "sugary" taste to it without being extremely overbearing. I personally love almond butter and honey sandwiches using this particular honey. I do NOT, however, recommend using this tea in a nighttime tea, as it tends to be a little too much when trying to calm down. I guess you could this a morning-style or snack honey. 

Sunflower - Ukraine
Our second lightest honey, is the sunflower honey. It's described as "dry, not too sweet", which I agree with wholeheartedly. The smell of it is pleasant, but quite subtle. Almost like a flower that doesn't smell unless you get really close to it, then you get a small hint of floral. 

If you aren't a "sweets" person, I recommend skipping the clover honey and going straight for the sunflower. I don't think it pairs well with a breakfast style meal however, as it definitely packs a dry flavor. What I mean is you'll definitely need a drink of something after consuming this honey, because it packs a punch that will linger. 

I think of this as purely a tea style honey. I like it with a chamomile when I'm sick, but it also goes great with my "Well Rested" tea at nighttime (see all my teas HERE). It holds it's flavor while complimenting the tea itself and when mixed, it's a very smooth and calming effect. 

Orange Blossom - Mexico
The third honey from the bunch, is described as "distinctively fragrant and floral". I will tell you off the bat, this is not a favorite of mine in any way, shape, or form. It comes from the Florida state flower, the orange blossom. Don't be fooled, you won't taste any orange in this particular honey. 

It most certainly smells of a floral perfume that your grandma would buy and tastes exactly what it smells like. It has a very strong perfume flavor with a smack of yuck. My body immediately rejected the taste of this honey, so I didn't even try to put it in a tea of mine or mix it with anything. I know it's purely due to my preferences, because I know my uncle actually enjoyed it. It's not a love of his, but it's a tolerable tea that perhaps you'd pair with a fruity tea. Perhaps a pomegranate or green?

Eucalyptus - Argentina  
Our fourth honey is described as a "herbal flavor with a hint of menthol". The smell vaguely reminds me of the Turkish honey from Trader Joe's, with no real menthol smell to it at all. It's a mildly robust scent. The taste of it is also very much like the Turkish honey I've mentioned before in another post (see HERE), to where it's has an herbal taste to it with a mildly floral feel. It's smooth and rich, with a very beautiful flavor overall. This one - which surprised me seeing as how I'm not a menthol person except for Vicks - pairs excellently with almost any tea I've paired with it. From roobios to white tea, it's a perfect compliment. 

As for food, I enjoy drizzling it on butter biscuit cookies, toast, cereal, or even fruit. With a distinct flavor that plays well with others, I truly don't think you could go wrong with this one. 

Macadamia - USA
The fifth honey is described as "floral and nutty", that is another faint smelling one. It's flavor is a complicated taste that changes as you consume it. 

Upon first bite, it's a subtle floral not much unlike the Turkish honey either, but within a few smacks of tasting it, you're greeted with that "nutty" flavor they were talking about. While I certainly don't consider it to be a nut flavored honey, the macadamia is mildly noticeable yet almost tastes like the corkscrew that seals the honey on top. 

It's not a terrible honey, but it's not a preferable one for me either. If it was the only one available, I'd use a small dollop for my tea, but wouldn't use it with my food. I could see this going well on almond butter toast, if you are into slightly sweet yet "off" honey. 

Mimosa - Brazil 
The fifth and final honey of the day is described as "a bit nutty". No it doesn't have alcohol in it. It's simply a honey that stems from the mimosa flower. 

The smell however is a bit pungent and closely resembles an alcoholic drink. It's merely a coincidence, I promise. The taste is another one my body did not approve of, as it reminded me of black licorice and cough medicine mixed. A duo that is not a power move. 

I couldn't stomach this honey with a small drop, so I didn't mess with it inside a cup of tea or food. The nuttiness did not come through in any way for me. Just a mess of unfortunate nastiness. 

As you can see, there were a few loves and a few rejects in my book, but overall it was a pretty cool experience. Granted I didn't go to a special farm to try out these exquisitely paired honeys, but the fact that I got to try a wide variety of golden nectar from around the world, is pretty adventurous to me. 

Do I think it was worth the $10? It was a fun experience and I did enjoy tasting each one, but I don't think I'll ever pay the $10 again. I do cherish the buy though and don't regret trying them for myself. Now I know what I like and it was an eye opener into what I should purchase in the future regarding honey. Personally I would say buy it and try them, especially if you enjoy honey, as it may very well point you in the right direction as well during tea time! Who knows, maybe you'll enjoy the Mimosa tea far more than I will. 

If you do try it, don't forget to snap a pic and tag on social media, for a chance to be featured! Love you guys and keep rockin' Jedis!

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