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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bees Honey

Bees, Bears, and Barr Hill Gin

   Honey Bees

   With the warmer weather beginning to exert it's effect upon us, Mother Nature is kicking into high gear as well, with a round of activity by everything under the sun.  The pear and cherry trees have blossomed and the bulbs have sprung up.  All of this flowering activity is a cue for the honey bees to ramp up their production.  In their honey making travails, bees have been inserted into the role of fertilizer for many plants.  I hadn't given that too much thought until recently being queried by my son about it.  It was not the father/son birds/bees talk, but more related to the theory of evolution.  He wondered how bees and flowering plants could have evolved at the exact same time.  It seems more than a bit statistically improbable and incongruous how a mutually dependent system could develop simultaneously.  It seems miraculous?  I'm sure people with more time on their hands than me have worked out a plausible explanation.  As for me, I'll sit back and enjoy the fruits of the honey bee's labor.


     While honey is a staple food source for the bee,  bears find it simply irresistible, or so it would seem.  Some researchers actually believe it is the protein rich bee larvae that the bears are after.  In any event, I know of one bear that absolutely enjoys honey simply for the pure sweet taste. Only one literary allusion  comes to mind when thinking of honey and bears and that can be none other than Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne.  He doesn't quite achieve his goal of obtaining any honey in chapter one despite a rather clever plan of camouflaging himself as a rain cloud beneath a blue balloon meant to blend in with the sky.  As he floats up to the hive, he notes, "I think the bees suspect something!"  He is, of course, rescued by Christopher Robbins, honeyless.

Barr Hill Gin                                   
It seems that with each passing day, a new gin comes to market with a unique flavor due to a dizzying array of botanicals employed in the production.  As one who appreciates the fine nuances of gin, an inordinate amount of time is spent sampling our chosen spirit, utilizing the palate to extract the origins of all those flavors.  Well, Barr Hill Gin produced by Caledonia Spirits from Vermont have circumvented the process of harvesting all those botanicals.  They have simply harnessed the bees of Vermont to provide an ever changing flavor of honey- talk about cheap labor! The formula is simple, neutral spirit for alcohol, juniper(because otherwise it's not gin) and honey. The honey is added at the end imparting a sweetness and a slightly amber hue.   I have sampled it in a Martini with a lemon twist.  It is quite sweet and extraordinarily smooth for a 90 proof gin.  The honey really balances the juniper and alcohol, but the sweetness may not suit everyone's taste.  The packaging is in line with the bee motif with the bottle sealed with bee's wax.  There is a fine write up by Boston Magazine, but you should really taste it for yourself.

I wonder what the bees would think of all this.
Enjoy your honey, one way or another!

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