hist-brewing: heather honey?
NeophyteSG at aol.com
NeophyteSG at aol.com
Thu May 25 11:14:17 PDT 2000
In a message dated 5/24/00 7:50:20 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
kirsty.pollock at mpuk.com writes:
> wow! You can buy it just about anywhere over here. I never knew you couldn't
> get it in the US - I take it heather doesn't grow there??
Heather grows here but not in the vast, wild abundance that it does in
Europe. I imagine that heather honey is for you much like clover is for us
<sigh>. As someone interested in European period ales and meads, I envy your
easy access to it. Someone mentioned Castlemark Honey as a source, but last
time I checked the price for a US gallon of heather honey was around $75US
not including shipping. That's about twice the cost of most others and a bit
spendy for a 3-4# honey/gallon mead.
Still ... I'm about to start a heather series (ale, mead, braggot and wine)
to explore the characteristics imparted by it in brewing. I confess a great
deal of romanticism in my brewing. For me, each period brew is like a time
machine ... "so that's what [fill in the brew and date] tasted like."
Sometimes it's tasty, others not so tasty (by my preferences), but at least,
for those brief moments that I sip, it gives me a sense of "being there."
Part of the nuance for me is getting as close as I can with the ingredients.
In truth, I might not *truly* be able to discern the difference in taste
between fresh herbs and dried, heather honey or clover, heather or heather
honey from the US, the UK or Scotland itself, etc. But *I know*.
I believe the heather I've purchased is from the US but I'm not sure. I may
have to suck it up and go the Castlemark route for this series but Ouch! I
don't know where Castlemark gets it, but at least it's *heather* honey (one
step closer). If they import it that may be the reason for the price. I
don't know what $75US exchanges to where you are but I'd be curious what it
would cost to purchase about a gallon (3.78L, 4L, UK gallon, whatever's
convenient) there and ship it overseas ... for me, Portland, OR.
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