Heather Honey

We offer a range of raw heather honeys from Wales, Scotland and England. There are actually three different types of heather growing in the UK which each give the honey remarkably different flavours:

  • Scottish Heather Honey is from Ling Heather (Calluna vulgaris) and has highly intense, slightly bitter, pungent, woody and toffee aroma and mildly sweet taste that persists for a long time
  • Welsh Heather Honey is predominantly from Bell Heather (Erica cinerea) and has a smoky, peaty, intense taste and a tanginess that lingers.
  • English (Cheshire) Honey is from the bees foraging on the Cross Leaved Heather (Erica tetralix) but also Himalayan Balsam which is in flower at the same time. This gives the honey a lighter, more floral character but has underlying notes of peat and toffee.

Raw Heather honey has unique sensory qualities and exhibits a gelatinous property called thixotopism. Normally it is gel-like and firm, but it will become temporarily liquid if stirred or agitated. It is very hard to produce for the beekeeper but it has an extremely unique texture, strong flavour and a long lasting floral taste. A real must for a honey connoisseur.

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