If you are looking for a strongtasting honey, heather honey is ver y special stuf f. It is dark in colour with a smokey, floral flavour and a long after taste. One of the things that makes heather honey so unique are the methods that beekeepers use to get their tiny workers to the heather – which has a ver y shor t window of nectar availability!
The bees are often lowland bees and, around mid-August, they will be transpor ted, along with their hives, to a wilder landscape in order to catch the flowers on the hardy shrub. Before too much of a chill sets in and when the bees have buzzed their way round the heather, the beekeepers then move their precious bees and hives back home.
This honey has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities and all Scottish people know that heather honey is just right for a wee hot toddy to treat a cold. You can use it to make gingerbread, pour it over ice-cream and you’ll find it among the whisky, herbs and spices listed in the ingredients of the liqueur Drambuie.