The Leatherwood tree possesses a remarkable aroma and flavour, a true distillate of a magnificent ancient landscape, spicy and piquant.
Our Leatherwood is naturally organic by virtue of the fact of where it is produced. Consider for a moment the following image of this place, an ancient rainforest. Tasmania lies on latitude 42 degrees south, sharing this latitude with only the South island of New Zealand and southern most South America. At this latitude the circumpolar winds whip up a constant westerly wind known as The Roaring Forties. These winds bring with them heavy moisture laden air which is drawn of The Great Southern Ocean, only to deposit much of this rain on the western coast of Tasmania, thus watering the rainforest where the Leatherwood trees grow.
For a brief 6 – 8 week period of the year summer comes to this wild place with the annual blooming of the Leatherwood flower, Eucryphia Lucida. These trees bear an abundance of extremely delicate white flowers with a piquant scent. The bees visit these flowers from January to mid March and collect the distinctive aromatic nectar from them. During this time our beekeepers camp in the remote wilderness removing the surplus honey from the hives enabling us to provide this highly sought after honey to connoisseurs around the world.
In keeping with our philosophical commitment to bringing one of nature most unique gifts to our customers in its uncompromised state we have adopted a special low temperature preparation technique. In carefully managing the extraction of the honey from the comb and it’s cleaning we are able to preserve both the floral essences and the vitality of our honey, resulting in an aromatic and naturally organic food.
Because we use such low temperatures in the production we do not inhibit the honeys natural tendency to crystallise. So, to make the final product easy to use we encourage the honey to set with an ultra-fine crystal structure. This then imparts to a buttery and spreadable consistency at room temperature, also making it easy to spoon in and mix in whatever beverage you wish, from a ‘hot toddy’ to a lemon tea. Other commercial brands of honey use high temperatures to delay the crystallising process, but this heat destroys the delicate flora essences, changes the flavour and generally compromises any qualities and potential health benefits of the honey.