With Andreas passing, the future of Mieli Thun is yet to be determined; however, we still have a few jars left. We also have been saving an extraordinary honey that Andrea considered the Grand Cru and the sensorial benchmark for honey tasters. This honey, called Quintessence, is collected when the nectar for that specific plant is the most expressive, making honey much more intense in aroma and taste.
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Mieli Thun is not your average honey, and even in these familiar flavors, the difference is crystal clear. Mieli Thun is artisanal Italian honey made with nomadic beekeeping, meaning quite simply, the hives move throughout Italy. There are 60 different locations they source from, all the way from the Alps to Sicily and everywhere in between, catching specific plants in bloom at their peak for the bees to collect their nectar. The man behind this is third-generation beekeeper Andrea Paternoster, learning most of what he knows from his grandfather; he founded Mieli Thun in the early 90s intending to create honey to be appreciated at a different level, just like fine wine. We've tasted about twenty varieties of honey from Mieli Thun, and the level of expression and unique character from these are unlike anything we have previously tried. Andrea has countless uses for his honey in both sweet and savory applications and stands by his products so much he travels with them in case he needs a "fix". The focus here is on one variety of plants or flowers per honey, which is referred to as monofloral honey. Below is a selection of familiar flavors but done the Mieli Thun way, delivering the utmost quality with unrivaled purity and expression, producing wholly untampered, natural, and raw honey.
Quintessence Fir Tree Honey Dew (7.05oz) $15.99 / 200g (7.05oz)
Barely, with candied citrus, exotic dried fruits, and smokey notes with a malt and caramel note that flows over to the palate. With a bacon fat richness and a roasted barely finish, this is rather mind-blowing. Used on cured meats or citrus juice in fruit salads, this is also great in a dressing with olive oil and used as a glaze. It is just as good on bread with some good butter.
Quintessence Eucalyptus $15.99 / 200g (7.05oz)
Incredibly complex with notes of fennel, porcini mushroom, smoke, boullion, and dulce de leche. It is the ultimate balance between sweet and savory, showing sensational umami notes that are mind-boggling. Sometimes slightly spicy at times too, this is extraordinary honey. Great on fish with herbs, goat cheese, and gorgonzola.
Alf Alfa $13.99 / 250g (8.8oz)
Sourced from June to September from Alf Alfa in Northern Italy throughout the regions of Piedmont, Lombardia, and Veneto. Aromas of Grape musts, Creme Fraiche, and while grasses. Used in the water for polenta or pasta or in soups or on vegetables just before serving. It is also used to make a variety of soft candies.
Tree of Heaven $13.99 / 250g (8.8oz)
Only Produced in the Month of May this honey has a lot of personalities and is made from the Tree of Heaven which is an invasive species named after the rate that it grows brought over to Italy from China to be cultivated as food for silkworms. Notes of Moscato, Peach, and Lychee dominate with the palate also seeing a savory Umami note on the finish. Perfect for sweetening drinks, in jams, drizzled over exotic fruits, or used caramelize and flambe. Rare and exotic honey.
Alpine Flower $13.99 / 250g (8.8oz)
Another Mono Floral exception and of the few honey's that Mieli Thun makes coming from multiple sources. It is harvested in Northern Italy during the months of June and July only. The bees gather nectar from wild rhododendron, raspberry, linden, and thyme, grown between 5,000-8,000 feet of elevation. Andrea says mountain honey has an elegant and pronounced sent that is slightly savory, showing Quinine and Rhubarb notes and has a balanced sweetness finishing very fresh and long with a touch of cool menthol. Mieli Thun recommends this honey with vegetables and delicate spices, with aged cheeses, and greek yogurt.
Eucalyptus $13.99 / 250g (8.8oz)
Sourced from southern Italy, including Sicily, Sardegna, Puglia, and Campania between July and August. This is a more savory honey with notes with animale, porcini mushrooms, licorice, smoke, bouillon, and caramel. This honey touches umami on the palate and, at times, can have a spicy note on the backend. This is excellent when mixed with aromatic herbs for dressings or marinades, raw seafood, goat cheese, and gorgonzola.
One more thing to note is that crystallization is normal. Because these are completely raw with no added ingredients to keep it in a liquid state, the honey will slowly begin to solidify and possibly darken over time. These are natural occurrences that do not affect the honey's flavor and can be reversed with a little gentle heat. These have a two-year shelf life and will expire in 2022, so they are still very fresh and light in color.