So we did a thing. And experiment of sorts. We took 4 gallons of our summer house blend honey and poured it into an aged whiskey barrel from Postmodern Spirits out of Knoxville. We allowed the honey to have a serious sit and think for about 6 weeks. Then we poured it out of the whiskey barrel and into our strainer to get most of the barrel bits and pieces out, and we bottled it up!
The result is a VERY sweet and tangy honey with hints of smoked oak and very light hints of whiskey. I have no idea why aging in a barrel made the honey even sweeter than it already was, but that is what happened. I love the mild smoky flavor but I don't think the whiskey flavor comes through very much at all. My husband disagrees. He says you can totally taste and enjoy the whiskey flavor.
Either way, this is still a lovely sweet and light honey perfect for sweetening your tea or enjoying with biscuits or rolls.
Available in 1/2 lb and 1 lb plastic squeeze bottles.
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How are your bees doing? Right now we have been very lucky and have not had too many issues with diseases, parasites, and chemical sprays. That is mostly just luck. Our time will come as it has for many of our beekeeping friends. For now, we hope to continue to have healthy happy bees and appreciate the community of neighbors who minimize how much they spray and plant beautiful pollinator friendly yards and farms.
Do you feed your bees: Yes! They are livestock. When the going gets tough, all farmers feed their animals. In our case, during the winter when there are no human-consumption honey supers on their hives, we feed dry sugar to make sure that they don't starve. When spring arrives we'll continue to supplement their food if needed with sugar water until the local flora gets up and blooming enough to allow our girls to grove and thrive. We care very much about our bees, and do what it takes to prevent them from starving. We do not feed when there are honey supers on their hives. So the honey you get is pure nectar honey.
Have you ever been stung? Yes. But only when I deserved it. Also of note, never buy a cheap bee suit. Just saying.
Do you have bees for sale? Not at this time. We manage pretty carefully for swarms, and when we do have the, we usually give them to friends. We might eventually add nuc sales in the future, but that is a few years out.
When will you have more honey? We typically sell out of all our spring and summer honey by mid-November. We will not harvest again until late May and mid July of the next year.
My honey crystallized. Should I throw it out? Ermagawd no! It is still good. Real honey has a very low moisture content and often crystallizes. If you're like me, just spread it on your biscuit and enjoy the crunch. Or you can warm the bottle up in a bit of hot water until the crystals dissolve. Your choice.