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I know as a general rule that honey colors are influened by the the plants that the nectar comes from. So I have a few sources that i'm wondering about as i've not seen any up close. Anyone that knows for sure is welcome to respond as i'm a little clueless.. lol :)

Sourwood = ? What color
Clover = ? What color - (stores shows lighter to a medium amber which is it?)
Sumac = ? What color

My hives at this point are full of a light amber to very pale amber honey that is awesome as for taste. Any clues appreciated..
 

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I think they are all somewhere in the amber to light amber range. Sourwood has a nice complex twang without any significant bitterness in the aftertaste but maybe a little sourness to the aftertaste. Clover had a lot less flavor than sourwood and is fairly (for honey) bland. Sumac is less flavorful than sourwood, but still has a lot of flavor. Sort of fruity.
 

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MB - Thank you for your help. I now know that apparently from the taste my hive have found sourwood this year. And i can say i'm in love with the taste. Today I went out and taste tested in a few hives just to see and it's like you explain. Looks as though in about a week or so I should be extracting about 300 - 500 lb from some of the hives, what i don't use in splits for next year.
 

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>...apparently from the taste my hive have found sourwood this year. And i can say i'm in love with the taste.

I would have a hard time only eating one kind of honey, but if I had to choose just one, I think sourwood would be my favorite. I like flavorful honey and it has that with no unpleasantness to the aftertaste as some of the strong honey has. Tupelo is very nice, but not nearly as strong.
 
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