Different types of honey have different colors, flavors and consistencies depending on what flowers the bees visited to produce that honey. Clover honey, for instance, has a fairly neutral floral flavor that is often associated with “plain” honey. Orange blossom honey, on the other hand, definitely has citrus notes to it. It’s easy to differentiate the two, even though they are similar in appearance. The most unusual honey I’ve tasted is White Gold Honey. It is completely unlike any honey I’ve seen or tasted.
White Gold Honey is an off white cream color and is much, much thicker than other honeys. Consistency wise, it is at least as thick as peanut butter and has the texture of a soft caramel candy, sticky and smooth. The closest product to it would be whipped honey – which is aerated until it is thick in order to make it spreadable – but White Gold Honey is still much thicker. The honey is raw, untreated and definitely not aerated in any way. The reason it is so thick is that it has a very low moisture content compared to other honeys.
It tastes very sweet, like pure sugar, with floral overtones. It actually smells slightly of beeswax or honeycomb in a way that makes it seem very fresh and unprocessed. The honey is best when it is spread on toast, scones, waffles or similar pastry items. It thins out a bit to an almost buttery consistency (and is excellent when paired with butter, by the way) when heated or spread on something hot. I wouldn’t use it as a substitute for regular honey in a recipe that calls for it, but I would definitely go out of my way to bake scones for an excuse to snack on some of it.
The honey is sold at some specialty food stores (Williams Sonoma and Whole Foods often have it) and is available quite a few places online. It’s not inexpensive, as honey goes, but a jar as a treat is definitely worth it if you’re a honey fan.