The Black Jar International Honey Tasting Contest is held annually in Asheville, North Carolina, USA, and attracts hundreds of entries every year from all over the world. The contest is the only international contest to focus solely on taste and uses a carefully designed ‘blind’ tasting process, using ‘black jars’ so that factors of colour or appearance do not affect judging.
We entered our honeys into this contest for 2021 and our Rewarewa Honey has come out on top of the world! Hekenoa (Taawi) Te Kurapa, as the Chief Beekeeper of Manawa Honey NZ is named as the honey producer, as the contest focuses on fostering recognition of beekeepers rather than companies. The contest is run by the Center of Honey Bee Research in Asheville, USA and is based on taste to highlight the diversity of tastes of honey that can come from the floral sources and terroir of different parts of the world.
So let’s take a good look at what makes our Rewarewa Honey so special – from the Rewarewa tree to the honey itself.