Basically I’ve been making Tupelo honey for around 17 years and for whatever reason the honeybee or the Tupelo angels shined on one of the bee yards last year.
What makes it so special? Never have I seen the taste of the Tupelo carry through once it was extracted.
This Tupelo honey tastes like the blossom and I know that because I taste the blossom.
Out of 170 barrels of Tupelo honey, there were five from my original ‘Tupelo bee yard’ that were just too good to be true and too good to bottle.
I sat on it for one year and finally decided to release it this summer.
While honey doesn’t typically age well, this one has carried through perfectly over the past year.
As an aside, I learned some years ago that you can freeze honey and it will retain its fresh taste.
I intend to intern around 200 of these bottles in a freezer as private stock!
This honey was made on the Altamaha River about an hour from Savannah. A beautiful place with ancient Tupelo trees growing along the water’s edge with buttressed trunks and medusa-like limbs rising up into the sky. The property is an old fish camp.
We are dressing this bottle up with a letter-press label made on a 1930’s letter press as well as dipping the top of the bottle in Tupelo beeswax to seal it.
We finish off the bottle with a wax seal imprinted with a bee on the neck of the bottle.
And then we have developed a round, wooden box that looks like an ancient scroll with a leather closure to present this treasure as it should be.
The moisture of the special honey is a little bit high for Tupelo honey at around 18% vs the usual 17%.
Lots of pollen will rise into the neck but that is the good stuff. Not crazy amounts but enough to make a ring on the neck of the bottle and to show that it is still a raw honey.
We developed a long wooden spoon made of cherry wood that can reach to the bottom of the bottle and will allow for mess-free dispensing.
I honestly hate to sell them but at the same time I hate to keep hoarding it.
In summary, it’s the best Tupelo I’ve ever seen and is being lovingly packaged by our highest tier managers here (me and at least two of the 5 directors while of course having a bit of a party as we hand dip, hand label and hand stamp the bottles).
I think you’ll love it. The honeybees sure did. They visited 2.5 million flowers for each bottle.
When we exhibited it in NYC we had people saying we should charge 500 dollars!
I think you’ll love it.
I know I do.