Sourwood, Lovely Sourwood

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Sourwood Honey Gold Reserve, so delicious!

Such a fickle bloom. It can grow a number of places, but the blooms only produce nectar in the Southern Appalachians. Even then you can really only make honey at  higher elevations, therefore,  the  window is extremely small for available bee yards capable of  making this beautiful honey, which is arguably the best in the world. The name Sourwood honey certainly belies the taste, and if you are in the know, you will seek out this precious jewel of the honey world.

You may hear beekeepers and honey buyers alike say, “five times as much sourwood is sold than is made.” These words certainly ring true,  making it even more difficult for the newly initiated buyers to end up with the real deal in their hands. When you are lucky enough to taste the good stuff, you immediately get an orchestra of flavors in your mouth. Sourwood honey flavors range from maple spice to caramel, to gingerbread. This orchestra of flavor sings together in perfect unison. Good Sourwood honey truly is honey perfection. It  is impossible to describe the reaction one gets upon tasting this honey, but when you do, there is no doubt that it is your favorite honey. If you get the incredible, pure stuff, it is the best thing you have ever tasted in your life.

I have to tip my hat  to Virginia Webb who has entered and won the world beekeeping awards with her Sourwood honey countless times. My quick math says 4 out of the last 5 years (Acacia honey won once during that parade of sourwood wins). She sits in the heart of sourwood country and has mastered the magic art of capturing perfection!

sourwood honey country

The Little Pigeon River deep in the heart of Sourwood country.

The Southern Appalachians are the tallest of all East Coast mountains. They are completely forested and display endless shades of green during the midsummer season when Sourwood trees bloom. Deep stands of Sourwood trees provide a spectacle of white blossoms bejeweling long fingers at every stem tip. Those little white bells are the source of love for honeybees during their furious summer fling. The fruits of their courtship, when cared for by the master Sourwood maker, should be valued more than gold.

sourwood honey gold reserve

Order your Sourwood Honey Gold Reserve today!

I’ve made it known that  Tupelo honey is my true love, so it pains me to say that when Sourwood honey is good it is the best honey in the world. One characteristic of Sourwood honey is that its beauty fades fairly quickly. So you want to eat the Sourwood honey within the first year or two following harvest, for  that music in your mouth will one day be playing out of tune. Even after two years, Sourwood honey is still good, sometimes even great, but you will nostalgically remember the golden time when Summer was in full swing and there was a halo glowing around everything as if Heaven were right here on Earth.

We feel our Sourwood Honey Gold Reserve captures all the qualities of the world’s finest Sourwood honey. We are so confident in the absolute quality of this Sourwood honey that Ted personally signed and numbered each bottle. Savannah Bee Sourwood Honey Gold Reserve is extremely limited and will not be available very long!

You may also enjoy – Tupelo Honey Gold Reserve

Sourwood Honey Gold Reserve will be available online on August 21st, 2015.

Submitted By: Ted Dennard

Comments (14)

  1. Lyvon Dean says:

    I am very interested in trying Sourwood Honey. I have just purchased some Tupelo, but would really like to get some Sourwood. Please notify me when it is available. I would like to buy some for Christmas presents.
    Thank you. Lyvon Dean

    1. brantley says:

      I should be very soon! We have our fingers crossed. Conditions are still holding and we are expecting a great Sourwood honey year!

  2. Elyse says:

    Sourwood is a great honey, but sourwood reserve is an amazing honey. It’s so smooth on the pallette and buttery going down. The flavors that hit you after are so complex its incredible. My sister is a huge fan of sourwood and I can not wait to give her sourwood reserve and see her face when she tries the honey. She is going to be blown away.

  3. Ashley says:

    I love this stuff! I can’t wait to get my own bottle. It’s all caramelly goodness in mouth, which makes me just want to eat by itself. Delicious!

  4. Kati says:

    Sourwood is one of my favorite honeys. I was so excited to hear Savannah Bee Company was getting a Sourwood Reserve. I have been waiting its arrival. I finally got to try it the other week…and it didn’t disappoint. It has a range of robust flavors of maple and caramel. It was very smooth and delicious!!

  5. Christi says:

    Great post, makes me excited to try it!

    1. brantley says:

      Well, maybe we can arrange that Christi Oates!

  6. Holden says:

    The Savannah Bee Company produces the best sourwood honey I’ve found in my decades of beekeeping. It must be something about that perfect nectar the bees procure from the southern Appalachian sourwood tree. I’ve been harvesting honey since I can remember, and my dream is to have my bees make honey as delicious as this one . What ever y’all are doing, keep doing it!

  7. Isabel says:

    Sourwood…wow! What a treat that honey is. Sourwood is definitely my favorite honey that Savannah Bee Company sells. The regular Sourwood is delicious on it’s own, so I can’t even imagine what the Sourwood Gold Reserve will taste like. I will most certainly bee stocking up on that Sourwood honey when it’s released.

  8. Zoe says:

    Sourwood honey is the absolute best! I was recently in North Carolina and was lucky enough to find a big jar with the comb inside…it’s delicious stuff but honestly does not compare to Savannah Bee Company’s sourwood honey. It makes sense that it won world’s best honey that many times. Cannot wait to try the Gold Reserve! Yay! Go Sourwood!!

  9. Kenneth says:

    Sourwood is definitely a very unique honey. I absolutely love the taste of it, pure candy. I still love the Tupelo Gold Reserve the most out of everything, but then again, I haven’t had the Sourwood Gold Reserve…. yet. 😉 😉

  10. Nash says:

    Sourwood Honey is my all-time favorite honey! It tastes like maple syrup, caramel, and butterscotch all rolled into one. I made a sourwood honey latte one time, and I swear, that’s the best coffee I’ve ever had! I can’t wait to try the Sourwood Honey Gold Reserve!

  11. jack says:

    Sourwood honey is my favorite honey too. Ill never forget the first time I went through the awesome tasting experience in the retail store and started with Tupelo which was amazing and then I found Sourwood. I believe I stopped right then and bought a jar of both. I too cannot wait for the Sourwood reserve, if it is anything like the Tupelo Gold then I will not be disappointed.

  12. Emily Vargas says:

    I read this while feeding the baby at 3 in the morning and was completely pulled in. Sourwood honey has always been my favorite (I am sorry as well Tupelo honey) and reading this made me fall in love all over again. I can not WAIT to try the Sourwood Gold Reserve. I have been waiting to try it for a very long time now and I know I will be more in love with Sourwood Honey after trying the Sourwood Gold Reserve!

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