Yes to your original question. I will put a swarm or a package on some comb with Pollen and some honey to get them started. Not completely understanding leaving the honey and making light Syrup. Several years ago, I received packages early, 6 of them. we still had snow, appx 16 inches on the ground. I hauled the packages in with a sled, to my bee area. Gave each 8 frames of comb, consisting of 2 honey 1 pollen and the rest mostly open.Thanks for the responses. That makes sense that sugar water would get the queen going more than capped honey. My best guess on why they died was varroa. I did OAV in the fall. 5 treatments 4 days apart. They were really strong going into winter. There were a fair amount of dead bees in the hive along with the queen. The brood looked fine but I did order a AFB testing kit and everything came back fine there. I've been freezing all the frames just in case.
It does differ, even the same hive in the same spot will differ, it is odd. first super and third super also have different taste.When I have a dead out I freeze the frames and put them in for the next nuc/package. However I always harvest a frame or two so that I can compare the honey from one season to the next, hoding on to one jar from each season for tastings. It's fascinating how the taste varies. In a way it keeps their memory alive too