Mountain Meadow joins the Wild Honey suite and it's a delicate, floral, creamy honey with a lovely creamy texture.
When I first heard ‘Mountain Meadow’ I had visions of Tim in lederhosen skipping around the high meadows with Julie Andrews warbling hits from The Sound of Music. But of course there’s a very good reason for the name of this honey.
Most Australian honey is Eucalyptus-dominant but this one comes largely from ground flora. Tim and Emma call it the La Ninã honey because the high rainfall post drought sent ground flora off on an unusually rampant flowering festival while the trees concentrated on growing new leaves. Consequently, Mountain Meadow honey is more subtle and gentle than its Wild Honey siblings, but just as delicious.This is how Mike Bennie describes it:
'An amazing honey, packed with character, emphatically distinct, delicious in every sense yet somewhat other-worldly in its Australian botanical/flora-laden personality. A benchmark release. So fragrant, so much detail in flavour, thick-set texture and almost best eaten off a small spoon than used in more conventional manners!'
From Malfroys Gold website:
'This pure Australian wild honey is produced from 100% natural comb in bee-friendly Warré apiaries in the high altitude woodlands of the Central Tablelands, NSW. It is a unique honey that contrasts nicely with the other honeys in our range.
In the lead up to the bee season of 2019/20, the Central Tablelands (and much of NSW) had suffered through the most extreme drought in recorded history. The drought finally broke and the rains that fell on parched ground triggered a flowering of ground flora species that are rarely seen.
Most honeys in Australia are dominated by the ubiquitous flowering Eucalypts (of which there are over 800 species in nearly all bioregions across the continent). However, the high rainfall resulted in the Eucalypts putting all their energies into regrowing leaves after the stress of the drought, rather than flowering.
Therefore, this honey can be described as a ‘La Niña’ honey - a result of this weather event that occurs once every 10 years or so. The bold characters of our other Wild Honeys are not as present here, instead this is an ethereal honey with subtle herbal notes, a malty character and a creamy fudge-like texture that perfectly captures time and place.'