If you have ever had trouble in coming up with the words to describe that “taste of honey,” you now have help.
The American Bee Journal has published the Honey Flavor Wheel, developed by folks at the University of California-Davis, which gives you an idea of how to talk about the honey that you’ve just put in your mouth.
Quoting the Journal:
“This gives a huge lexicon to the tastes and aromas we find when tasting honey,” said Amina Harris, director of the Honey and Pollinator Center, affiliated with the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
The Honey Flavor Wheel production involved six months of research and development. “We brought together a group of 20 people–trained tasters, beekeepers and food enthusiasts–who worked together with a sensory scientist to come up with almost 100 descriptors,” Harris said. “This wheel will prove invaluable to those who love honey and want to celebrate its nuances.” (quoted)
Here’s the wheel itself:
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