One of Our Favorite Olive Oil Brands Just Launched Some Ridiculously Amazing Honey

published Sep 14, 2021
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Red Clay Hot Honey being drizzled on grilled peach half and ice cream.
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

Honey is a lot like olive oil. Hear me out: They’re both golden, yes, and you can find high-quality versions of both. The good stuff can be used to finish a dish and take it to the next level. They’re both commonly faked (in terms of honey, fraudulent manufacturers dilute real honey with syrup, or chemically modify the sugars in those syrups to make them look like real honey). And when you take a deeper look, they’re both wildly complicated, with all sorts of problems and misinformation plaguing the industry. So it makes sense that Brightland, which launched in 2018 with consciously crafted extra-virgin olive oils, would tackle honey, too.

Buy: The Couplet, $42 at Brightland

The brand just launched two raw, unfiltered hive-to-jar honeys. The honey is sourced directly from 3rd- and 4th-generation beekeeping families run by women-led teams in Kauai and the Central Valley of California. And the apiaries maintain natural pollen grains and prioritize the health of hives and honeybee populations. (Two very sticky issues with many other apiaries.)

These new honeys are sold as a set for $42 and I think they’re going to be incredibly buzz-worthy. So I got my hands on some jars to give them a taste. Let’s take a look!

TLDR: They’re amazing and I’m going to get this set for lots of people on my holiday shopping list this year!

Orange Blossom Honey

Brightland describes this honey as “Delicious, amber hued with a clean, citrus finish.” It’s made from single estate orange groves in the Central Valley of California. And in addition to that punch of citrus, it’s also got some intense floral flavors. Among the suggested pairings: fresh fruit, hard cheeses, tea, root vegetables, dressings, and marinades. I drizzled some on top of a sharp cheddar and was blown away by all the flavors. I also highly recommend using this stuff in this lemon honey sauce.

Kauai Wildflower Honey

Made from wild Hawaiian sources including hibiscus, eucalyptus, coffee tree, papaya trees, passion flowers, and guava flowers, this honey is deeply hued and has a molasses-like finish. (Tip:

Put a plate under this jar

Will you try these honeys? Do you have a honey brand you love? Tell us in the comments below!