How to Judge Honey

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Presentation

Clean and in keeping with standard requirements (lids, etc). If more than one entry is present, the uniformity of fill level, as well as the volume of honey in the jar.

Viscosity

The honey should be of good density. A denser honey generally scores higher than one that is runnier.

Purity

For Raw Honey entries.

Free from particles, solids and wax.

Brightness & Clarity

No apparent particles or solids and, for liquid honey - free from any cloudiness or signs of crystallisation. The surface should be free from wax particles.

Flavour

The flavour should indicate that the honey is a good sample from the most recent season and predominantly that of the relevant class. The product has a good, normal flavor for the predominant floral source or, when blended, a good flavor for the blend of floral sources and the honey is free from caramelized flavor or objectionable flavor caused by fermentation, smoke, chemicals, or other causes with the exception of the predominant floral source

Aroma

There should be no sign of the jar having held any previous product and no evidence of over-heating. Any floral aroma should be of a kind that is consistent with the classification.The product should have a good, normal aroma for the predominant floral source or, when blended, a good flavor for the blend of floral sources. The honey should be free from caramelized flavor or objectionable flavor caused by fermentation, smoke, chemicals, or other causes with the exception of the predominant floral source

Colour

The colour should comply with required standards. The colour of Honey can be judged by eye, or by a Pfund Scale which measures the density of the honey. Colour can range from white through to dark amber.

The above judging criteria and comments have been provided for the purpose of education and do not represent the views, opinions or position of judges, officials or the RA&HS. Any resemblance to actual persons, competitors, or exhibits living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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