Honey whisky is a blend of honey and whisky. The mellow sweetness of honey whisky is perfectly enhanced by the cozy warmth of the whisky. It is an absolutely bee-licious drink. You only have to have tried a classic Hot Toddy to know just how incredible the combination really is.
You may be surprised to hear that the combination of honey and alcohol is not new. During the 10th century, the England monarchy fermented honey wine, known as the popular drink mead.
We think it is crucial to break down the two components separately to fully appreciate the unique taste of our Beeble Honey Whisky.
What Is Honey?
Let's begin with honey. Honey is a thick, golden liquid produced by industrious bees using the nectar of flowering plants. It is as old as history itself, dating back to 2100 B.C. We know this because it was mentioned in the sacred writings of India and Egypt.
Not all honey is the same. There are many varieties of honey. The colour, taste, smell, and even texture will vary between varieties. The five main types of honey are:
- Orange blossom (this is the type of honey we use to make our Beeble Honey Whisky)
Honey has long been known for its healing properties. In fact, the Romans used honey to heal their wounds after battles. Hannibal, a great warrior, gave his army honey and vinegar as they crossed the alps on elephants to battle Rome. Even today, many products such as face creams, deodorants, and shampoos contain honey.
What Is Whisky?
Whisky also has healing properties. It was originally used as a medicine, both as an anesthetic and an antibiotic. In fact, the word whisky actually comes from the Gaelic uisge, a shortened version of uisge beatha meaning "water of life”.
Whisky is made from a variety of grains, such as barley, corn, rye, and wheat. It is distilled throughout the world, most popularly in Scotland, Ireland, America and Japan.
Like honey, there are many types of whisky, which are categorised by where they were made
The Scots take their whisky distilling very seriously and have laws to ensure it is done correctly. For a whisky to be formally called scotch whisky it must be made from malted barley in Scotland and be aged for at least three years. Within Scotland, different regions produce single malts with individual varieties and flavours. The signature taste of scotch whisky is a smokiness that is imparted by drying the malt over a peat-fueled fire.
Irish whisky has a long - if not longer -history than Scotch. Most often Irish whisky is smooth, fruity and much less peaty than scotch whisky.
Something that separates a few American whisky varieties from European styles, is that they are aged in new charred oak barrels and remain under 80% alcohol.
American whisky tends to be sweeter, less smoky, and less peaty than Scotch and Irish whisky.
One of the most popular American-style whisky is Bourbon whisky which is made using corn. Famously, bourbon is produced in Kentucky but is now also made in New York, Indiana and California.
Japanese whiskies are relatively new, however, they have made their mark on the spirits world for their high standards. They are smooth and delicate and taste most similar to scotch-style whisky. They also use similar distilling methods to scotch-style whisky.
Beeble's Honey Whisky
Beeble Original is where the finest Scotch whisky meets the most sustainably sourced British raw honey.
All our honey is sustainably sourced from our very own Wiltshire hives. Our bees wellbeing is more important to us than the honey they produce and so we only ever use the excess to create our beautiful blend. Once harvested, we have a secret recipe in order to make the honey into a liquid that will eventually infuse into the whisky.
The whisky itself comes from the Scottish highlands, the most well-regarded region for whisky creation in the world. Only through provenance of the finest ingredients, united with world-class distillation expertise, followed by many years of maturation is the whisky ready.
When we eventually bring the two together, a four week infusion process follows, before a magical outcome is achieved.
As one customer once said ‘Beeble Honey Whisky is imbued with an essence of sunshine', and we think this is a perfect statement to describe the delightful combination of honey and whisky.