Tragedy has struck, and two weeks ago we received word that Andrea Paternoster has passed away at the age of 54 after a car accident. It is still to be determined if Mieli Thun will live on and if someone new will step up and take the company's reigns. Until then, production has been halted, and only time will tell if we will be able to get more of these sensational jars of honey in the future. Sadly, this could be the last chance to try this delicious honey from Italy's premier beekeeper, so please keep that in mind. See our original offer below.
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 plant per honey, which is called 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.
Apple Tree $13.99 / 250g (8.8oz)
Though apples are a widespread fruit, honey from exclusively apple trees is very rare. Slightly thicker, there is a very fragrant aroma of apple cider and baked apples. Simultaneously, the palate is more floral with a pleasantly sweet and savory note, which Andrea describes as Cardoon. The apple tree honey is mainly sourced from Northern Italy in Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, and Alto Adige between April and May. Perfect as a vinaigrette with mustard, or used to sweeten a compote, brines for poultry, and cocktails.
Orange Blossom $13.99 / 250g (8.8oz)
Very expressive orange blossom aromas with honeysuckle and yellow melon, this is collected between March and May in southern Italy from Sardegna, Sicily, Puglia, and Campania. The orange blossom has a perfect level of sweetness and creamy texture with floral notes that turn to orange as it finishes. The orange blossom has a higher acidity and is fantastic on baked goods and a nice match for savory items like squash blossoms, salads, and frittatas.
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.
Coriander $13.99 / 250g (8.8oz)
Sourced from Corriander from Tuscany, Emila Romagna, Marche, and Abruzzo between May and June, this is a very intriguing honey with notes of gingerbread and sesame seeds, slightly smokey with quice and coconut. This honey has an outstanding balance between savory and sweet with a refreshing citrus finish. This is fantastic with fried foods and egg dishes, Andrea actually uses this honey in place of oil to fry eggs in, and it is incredible how well it works. It is also great mixed with spices and vinegar and a great addition to chimichurri on meats.
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 begin to solidify and possibly darken. 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. Also, anyone that would like to ship their honey now should use the flat rate shipping option during check out.