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Beekeeping Today Podcast

Oct 19, 2020

Marina Marchese is the President of the American Honey Tasting Society. She refined her learning and teaching skills in Italy and Raffaele Dall'Olio was one of her teachers. Today we discuss with them all of the aspects of honey tasting – the basics of how to taste a honey, using your tongue, your nose, your eyes. Learn the vocabulary to describe, and then to remember the flavors, the taste and aromas of all of the many varieties of honey available.

Marina’s American Honey Tasting Society offers honey tasting Marinaclasses, similar to the three years of classes she took in Italy. What will you learn? To start, the difference between taste and flavor. Then you’ll learn the adjectives to describe what you are tasting. You will taste without smelling, and smell without tasting, and you will learn the actual techniques of how best to smell, and then savor a honey.Raffaele

Check out The American Honey Tasting Society, and Marina’s and Kim’s book on this fascinating subject “The Honey Connoisseur’.

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This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global Patties is a family business that manufactures protein supplement patties for honey bees. Feeding your hives protein supplement patties will help ensure that they produce strong and health colonies by increasing brood production and overall honey flow. Global offers a variety of standard patties, as well as custom patties to meet your specific needs. Visit them today at and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! 

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Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong", Musicalman, "Epilogue"