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, with ‘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 as the best in the world! Hekenoa (Taawi) Te Kurapa, as the Chief Beekeeper of Manawa Honey NZ is named as the actual winner, as the contest fosters recognition of beekeepers rather than brands. The contest is run by the Center of Honey Bee Research in Asheville, USA and focuses on taste to highlight the diversity of honeys 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 that it can win an international contest for the Best Tasting Honey in the World – from the Rewarewa tree to the honey itself.