Another three varieties from Ogilvy’s Honey have won gold stars at this years Great Taste Awards, the prestigious event that is run by The Guild of Fine Food.
To gain 2 or 3 stars, as many as 20 judges have to agree unanimously that the entry has reached ‘absolute perfection’.
An intense and aromatic honey known as Balkan Linden, which has a delicate and woody aroma, won 3 gold stars, 2 stars were awarded to the New Zealand Rainforest honey and the New Zealand Tawari was given 1 star, meaning that 6 honeys in the range have now achieved the coveted status of being given Great Taste Awards.
Ogilvy’s Honey, a new range of monofloral and polyfloral honeys discovered from around the world by honey trader, and trained chef Shamus Ogilvy, who wants to make you banish boring blended honey to the back of your kitchen cupboard.
He has been as busy as the proverbial bee, cultivating relationships with artisan beekeepers in remote parts of the world to create Ogilvy’s Honey – the first collection of seven fine, rare and ambrosial honeys that are available nationwide.
We’ve all become more discerning in our choices of fine quality chocolate, coffee, soup and smoothies because pioneering companies and individuals have introduced us to a wider experience in terms of flavour and provenance. Shamus Ogilvy’s passion is to do the same for honey.
The labels on Ogilvy’s Honey jars read like those on good bottles of wine giving details of the individual flavour notes for each honey, their provenance and geographical origin.
The varieties include three from New Zealand including a dark honey to rival Manuka in flavour, black locust flower and linden blossom from the Balkans, forest honey from the Himalayas, and a top-rated tropical blossom honey from the Zambezi River. Three are certified organic by the Soil Association.
Ogilvy’s Honey offers single flower nectar (monofloral) varieties as well as polyflorals where the bees visit different flowering plants in one local area. These give the honeys distinctive characteristics and flavour intensities ranging from mild to strong.
It’s been a personal story of dedication and endeavour: Shamus risked his last £600, travelled the globe, and experienced many discomforts in his quest to bring rare and wildcrafted honeys to these shores.
His journey is far from finished, with plans to provide more artisan honeys, whilst blogging his adventures in the process. Ogilvy’s Honey is available from Ocado, Amazon, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Fortnum & Mason, branches of Partridges, The Organic Grocer, Shepherd Foods, from independent grocers and delicatessens nationwide priced from £5.95 for a 280g jar. www.oglivys.com