8 Sweet, Surprising Artisan Honeys
Red Bee Honey Bamboo Honey
All of Red Bee's strikingly original single-varietal honeys are worth exploring, but we're especially fond of this robust New England-harvested batch. Dark and complex, with notes of caramel and molasses, it's amazing slathered on corn muffins or johnnycakes.
To buy: $14 for 14 oz., redbee.com.
Featured March 2015
Bees Knees Spicy Honey
Move over, sriracha: this new sweet-n-spicy condiment is seriously addictive. Made in Brooklyn, New York, from Hudson Valley honey infused with a variety of chili peppers, it can add a delicious kick to everything from toast to cheese to chicken wings.
To buy: $14 for 13.5 oz., mixedmade.com.
Grandpa’s Gourmet Chamiso Honey
This unique, complex southwestern honey is sourced from Southern Colorado, where the bees feast on rabbit brush (aka chamiso), a medicinal plant that Native Americans believe helps to promote mental clarity and focus.
To buy: $13 for 11.5 oz., mouth.com.
Appalachian Bee 100% Pure Sourwood Honey
Pale, golden, and highly aromatic, this honey hailing from Tennessee's Appalachian forests has a pleasant anise note and ever-so-slightly-sour aftertaste.
To buy: $22.95 for 19 oz., honeybeesrock.com.
Quitokeeto Olive Blossom Raw Unfiltered Honey
This oversized jar of raw California honey, sourced from a single orchard of Manzanillo and Mission olive trees, contains enough nutty-sweet honey to slather on toast and stir into your tea for years—which is a good thing, since you'll never want to run out.
To buy: $58 for 40 oz., quitokeeto.com.
Savannah Bee Company Tupelo Honey
This rare and prized honey—the only variety which will not crystallize over time—is found almost exclusively in southern Georgia and northern Florida, but is prized by connoisseurs everywhere for its pure and pale amber color and gentle, slightly herbal sweetness.
To buy: $18 for 12 oz., savannahbee.com.
Catskill Provisions Raw Wildflower Fall Honey
Fall wildflowers are the fodder for the bees behind this lush, intensely-flavored butterscotch-hued honey from upstate New York. Try it on a platter of sharp cheeses and salty nuts.
To buy: $12 for 12 oz., catskillprovisions.com.