NOTICE: We are out of tupelo honey. We are very sorry to report a complete failure of the 2015 tupelo honey crop. Right when the trees came into bloom in mid-April, we had day after day of heavy rains. As a result, the fragile tupelo blossoms were simply washed off the trees and we did not get a single drop of tupelo honey this year. This is rare, but not unheard of. The last crop failure was in 1999. If anyone offers you 2015 tupelo honey, then we strongly suggest you taste before buying because the tupelo nectar content will be highly dubious. So until next year, please be adventurous and try some of our other, wonderful honey varieties. For many of our customers, holly honey is a big favorite. Holly honey has some flavor notes that are similar to tupelo, and it is also slow to crystallize. Or try one of the Smiley Samplers and pick yourself a new favorite for the coming year: http://www.smileyhoney.com/collections/mixed-honey-sets-samplers
Floral Source: Tupelo honey comes from the green-white blossom of the white tupelo gum tree (Nyssa Ogeche). These blossoms are notoriously fragile, and the weather must be just right to produce an abundant honey crop. In good years, tupelo trees will bloom for only a few weeks. In bad years, the nectar flow is over in a few days. Years of experience and good beekeeping skills are required to produce great tupelo honey.
Origin: This raw unfiltered honey comes from the white tupelo trees that thrive in the many rivers, lakes and wetlands of Gulf County, Florida. Smiley Honey is located in the small town of Wewahitchka, which is the center of tupelo honey production in the USA. "Wewahitchka" is a Seminole name that means "water eyes" -- a reference to the many lakes in the area. The Apalachicola and Chipola river basins, which run from North to South in Gulf County, contain some of the highest concentrations of tupelo trees in the world.
Color and Taste: The color of raw tupelo honey is generally Extra Light Amber, and it has a cloudy, greenish hue when held up to the light. Tupelo honey has an amazing flavor profile. It has a bright and unique floral burst that dissolves easily on the tongue, and has a very pleasing finish. It has a dewy freshness that contrasts starkly with over-processed, common honey varieties. One customer told us: "I tasted this honey from someone who thinks this is food from the gods . . . and wow he was right!"