On my recent Spring Break trip to Savannah, I fell madly in love with the Savannah Bee Company. You can check them out at www.savannahbee.com. Not only do they have an assortment of local Georgia honeys, they also bottle honey from other parts of the country, and allow you to try them all before making a purchase. If your experience in tasting honey has been limited to the bottles of clover honey from the grocery store, I’d like to invite you to expand your honey palate. Just like wine, honey has layers of flavors that are determined by the nectar source, the terroir, and the weather. You’ll visually notice these differences when bottles from different regions are lined up next to each other and the colors vary from pale golden to very dark amber or brown. Most people are pleasantly surprised to actually taste the differences. It feels magical!
So, in addition to offering great varieties of honey, the Savannah Bee Company also makes (or has made under their label) some fabulous products like Royal Jelly Body Butter, lotions, lip balm and lip gloss, hair products, and very cool tee shirts–my favorite ones said, “She works hard for the honey” and “I got my mind on my honey and my honey on my mind”. To say that I was like a kid in a candy store is an understatement. I was able to totally nerd out, especially when Usher, one of the employees, gave me a tour of their on-site apiary. I had my younger two boys with me, so it felt like a really fun Mr. Rogers field trip. But that was only one of their locations! We headed to their downtown store where I was able to sample (and buy, of course) some meads, melomels, and metheglins. In case that sounds like jibberjabber, those are all alcoholic wine-like beverages made with fermented honey.
When the boys and I came home after a 13-hour car ride (hell), the first thing they wanted to do was cut into our block of comb honey. I’m so glad they’re almost as enthusiastic about keeping bees as I am. Ben even volunteered to be my beekeeping helper this year…but he also wanted to trade in our chickens and cat for a house in Georgia.