– Colour: from pale to dark amber when liquid, brown to grey when crystallised..
– Fragrance: medium intensity, porcini mushroom proteins, liquorice and caramel.
– Aroma and flavours: medium intensity, toffee, liquorice, dulce de leche, salted caramel, normally sweet with mild saltiness possible.”
This is a pleasant and well-balanced pairing in which the aromas and flavours of Grana Padano aged 16 to 20 months harmonise with the complexities of eucalyptus honey, which are not, however, overly intense.
We always recommend serving an assortment of honeys, perhaps two very different ones, so leaving diners to decide for themselves. Honeys should not be put onto cheese prior to serving both because this does not leave the choice to diners but also because the high osmotic pressure of honey tends to lead to it absorbing the cheese’s salty liquids in the space of just a few minutes. Try the two on their own first before testing the various pairings.
The honeys should be served in small containers, and a teaspoon for serving it. Liquid and creamy honeys can be used as they are. Compact crystallised honeys can be stirred before transferring the honey from the jar to the serving container to make them easier to serve, scraping off the required quantity.
It is easy to source both locally and at large-scale retailers.
Autumn-flowering Eucalyptus occidentalis honey called eucalyptus honey can also be found on sale. Its crystallisation is generally more subtle and dense.