One of the finest and rarest honeys in the world, Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey has been prized by gourmets and connoisseurs (honey expert) for over 150 years for its unusual flavour and complex lingering palate.
It’s safe to say, if you’ve never experienced Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey, then you have never had anything quite like this. The most exotic honey we have ever tasted; pungent in flavor, with a silky, smooth texture, one gets notes of a strong floral sweetness with a not-so-subtle hint of leathery goodness. Perhaps an acquired taste but, if so, it is a joy to acquire.
Recognised by the global Slow Food movement’s Ark of Taste – an international catalogue of endangered heritage foods that are sustainably produced, unique in taste and part of a distinct ecoregion. This is the Earl Grey of honeys – one not to be missed!
100% RAW TASMANIAN LEATHERWOOD HONEY
- Great Taste 2017 – Top 50 Foods in the World – 3 Star Award-winner
- The ‘Nectar of the Gods’, considered by honey connoisseurs to be one of the best
- Traditionally gathered from the nectar of the blossoming Leatherwood Tree in the ancient rainforests of the western coast of Tasmania
- Recognised by the global Slow Food movement’s Ark of Taste – an international catalogue of endangered heritage foods that are sustainably produced, unique in taste and part of a distinct ecoregion
- 100% raw – not heated over the normal temperature of hive
- Produced in small batches and bottled by hand
- Each sale goes towards the survival of the bee and their essential work in pollination.
AWARD WINNING & RECOGNITION
🏆 Great Taste Producer
🏆 Great Taste 2017 Top 50 Foods 3-star Award
🏆 Ark of Taste by Slow Food Movement recognition
- The Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards. (Described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world)
- The Ark of Taste is an international catalogue of endangered heritage foods, designed to preserve at-risk foods that are sustainably produced, unique in taste, and part of a distinct ecoregion.
THE ORIGIN & FLOWER SOURCE
Sourced from the nectar of the blossoming Leatherwood Tree (Eucryphia lucida) that only grows in the ancient rainforest of Tasmania western coast, one of the most unpolluted places in the world. The tree dating back 65 million years also known as the World Heritage Wilderness Area.
Ancient rainforests of the Tasmanian western coast
Leatherwood typically grows to about 30 feet and during spring it is completely covered in small white flowers. The tree takes 250 years to mature before it can produce blossom to produce nectar. Winds from the equator meet with the polar winds coming from the Arctic, creating high pressure and large rainfall in this area – up to 120 inches a year. Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey captures the wonderful aromas of these humid rainforests.
Leatherwood Tree(Eucryphia lucida)
To make the leatherwood honey, beekeepers camp in the forest during the leatherwood harvest, which occurs between January and March. To access this remote area, special rail carriages have been built, that will carry the beekeepers’ trucks, with their hives. It’s the world famous ABT funicular railway to Teepookana via Strahan, built by pioneers through the inspiring and backbreaking terrain over 100 years ago, that helps them do that
THE LOOK & THE TASTE
Leatherwood honey is slightly liquid with uniform crystallisation, a smooth creamy texture and an ochre-yellow colour. The perfume is intense with notes of balsamic scents, which develops quickly into clean fresh notes of citrus fruits and white flowers.
This honey is neither too sweet, nor too acidic – it’s just right! It has an unbeatable floral aroma with a clean, fresh palate and a smooth, creamy, buttery texture that melts in the mouth. It has a long, full bodied finish with notes of wood and spice. Considered by honey connoisseurs to be the best.
The flavour is clean and fresh, very balsamic, with lightly spicy notes in its long finish. Overall, the sensation of eating this honey is very pleasurable: it is creamy, buttery, low in acidity and melts in the mouth. This is a varietal with character and one not to be missed!
WHAT IT GOOD FOR?
1) Leatherwood Honey is good for your stomach. Wild leatherwood honey boasts prebiotic properties that both suppress bad bacteria and assist in the growth of beneficial organisms in the body.
2) Treatment of infections and wounds. Leatherwood honey has long been used for treating wounds, cuts, sores, ulcers, burns, infections and abrasions. The antimicrobial properties in wild honey act as an antibacterial, keeping the wound moist whilst adding a protective barrier and fighting off harmful microorganisms.
3) Source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are known for their anti-ageing and believed to be beneficial in the prevention of health-related issues such as cancer, heart disease, strokes, cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and symptoms of old age. Tasmanian Leatherwood honey is known to be two to three times richer in antioxidants than other Australian honeys.
4) Good source of energy and carbohydrates. Wild honey is a natural source of simple carbohydrates that provide the body with energy that is easily absorbed.
5) Suitable for people with diabetes. Honey has a low glycaemic index rating and may be suitable in the diet of diabetes suffers to replace table sugar.
6) Tasmanian honey has also been used as a cure a hang over. Pour some in with a morning hot tea. It’s naturally rich in vitamin B and minerals that aids in recovering from the excessive alcohol quickly.
BEST SERVE WITH
Ideally pair this with a strong, blue cheese such as Roquefort or Bleu d’Auvergne or meats such as duck, rabbit or lamb. Particularly heaven drizzled over cured meats and perfect when baking includes cinnamon, ginger and chocolate. This is the Earl Grey of honeys – one not to be missed!
FDA Registration No. : 10887810022
FDA Product Code : 36 C C T 04
Manufacture Certification : SALSA
*** NOT SUITABLE FOR INFANTS UNDER 12 MONTHS
*** If you are already allergic to flower pollen, honey bee enzymes, and other bee products consumption should be avoided because it will trigger a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
HOW DO I KNOW IT IS 100% PURE HONEY?
As standard, all our honeys are supplied with Certificates of Analysis testing done by international laboratories as illustrated in the European Honey CODEX :
- HMF & Diatase
To ensure the honey has not been heat treated and is not old/adulterated honey (refer to Honey Codex).
To ensure the honey has not been adulterated by the addition of sugar syrup and the bees have foraged on flower nectar to make the honey and not fed on sugar syrup during the honey production period (refer to Honey Codex).
- Pollen Analysis and Geographical Origin
To ensure authenticity of the botanical and geographical origin. Note, with respect to Orange Blossom Honey, the flower naturally produces very low pollen counts and therefore the concentration of Methyl Anthranilate is also analysed as an indicator of the quality and authenticity of the Orange Blossom honey.
- Antibiotic and Veterinary Residues
To ensure products comply with those maximum residue limits for honey established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
To ensure the honey has ripened properly and not diluted with water (refer to Honey Codex).
***Due to space limitation, we only published Pollen Analysis Report here. If you interested to get access on full report, please send us an email. We’ll gladly help you.
THE CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Our Honey Sommelier has traveled the globe to bring you the finest, raw monofloral honeys from around the world, each selected for their unique aroma, palate and finish. All traditionally gathered and never heated over the normal temperature of the hive.
Produce of : Tasmanian, Australia
Pack & bottle : Hand pack & bottle in Perthshire, Scotland
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