Bee-licious: Taste Honey Like a Sommelier With Marina Marchese - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Bee-licious: Taste Honey Like a Sommelier With Marina Marchese

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3 sessions
$220 per person
Up to 25 people
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$220 per person
$220 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this three-part seminar, learn how to taste honey like an expert sommelier—exploring single-origin honeys and how flowers and terroir affect its sensory characteristics.

Course Description

Honey has a long journey before it lands in your jar. Starting with the local climate, the final harvest is affected by the region’s diverse botanical sources, the honeybees who visit them, and the activity of the beekeepers who harvest the honey. Join beekeeper, author, and premier honey sensory expert C. Marina Marchese to experience honey like never before, tracing what you taste and smell to the flora and landscape it originated from. We’ll practice methods used by honey sensory experts to evaluate samples of honey and learn a new vocabulary to describe their scents, flavors, and textures. We’ll cover everything from the honey, its floral sources, and terroir to human psychology and physiology—exploring how both internal and external factors influence the way we experience each drop of honey. By the end of this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of what is a good-quality honey and its properties, the ability to evaluate it using your senses, and the knowledge to make sustainable, delicious choices when buying honey.

Please note: At this time, we're only able to ship materials to students living in the U.S.

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Syllabus At A Glance

There are three total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 2 hours on three consecutive weekdays. Students must register for the course two weeks before the start date to receive their Honey Tasting Kit in advance of the first session. Please see below for more information on the Honey Tasting Kit. 

Winter Section A: Beginning January 11, 2022.

Session 1 (Tuesday, 1/11/2022,  7-9 PM ET): Introduction to the Sensory Analysis of Honey Olfactory Exercises: Learn honey tasting vocabulary

Session 2 (Wednesday, 1/12/2022, 7-9 PM ET): Guided Tasting & Evaluation of Five Unifloral Honeys

Session 3 (Thursday, 1/13/2022, 7-9 PM ET): Demystifying Honey Defects and Crystallization: Health Benefits and Culinary Pairings and a Blind Tasting Test of 3 Unifloral Honeys.

**Please note that this course runs on three consecutive days of the same week.**

Winter Section B: Beginning February 15, 2022.

Session 1 (Tuesday, 2/15/2022, 7-9 PM ET): Introduction to the Sensory Analysis of Honey Olfactory Exercises: Learn honey tasting vocabulary

Session 2 (Wednesday, 2/16/2022, 7-9 PM ET): Guided Tasting & Evaluation of Five Unifloral Honeys

Session 3 (Thursday, 2/17/2022, 7-9 PM ET): Demystifying Honey Defects and Crystallization: Health Benefits and Culinary Pairings and a Blind Tasting Test of 3 Unifloral Honeys.

**Please note that this course runs on three consecutive days of the same week.**

Between Sessions

While there won’t be any formal homework, it’s recommended that students refrain from wearing scented products, drinking, or smoking before the class to create the best possible honey tasting experience.

Course Materials

As part of this class, the instructor will prepare and ship a Honey Tasting Kit that is required for participation in this course. The cost of this kit is $50 including shipping and handling. Students must purchase the Honey Tasting Kit two weeks before the start date to receive their Kit in advance of the first session. Instructions to purchase the kit will be provided upon checkout. Please note we're only able to ship materials to students living in the U.S. at this time.

Atlas Obscura Online Courses

This online course is offered by Atlas Obscura. Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura created the definitive, community-driven guide to the most incredible places on the planet and is now an award-winning travel company that shares the world’s hidden wonders in person and online.

Our online courses offer opportunities for participants to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives through multi-session classes designed and taught by expert instructors. Courses can take one of two forms: Seminars are intimate, interactive classes—capped at nine to 25 students—exploring topics and crafts through discussion, workshops, assignments, and in-class activities. We also offer lecture series that can be attended live, or viewed via a recording that will be shared within 72 hours after each session airs. Class recordings for lecture series will be available with a temporary password for up to two weeks following the final session of the course.

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time.

About Your Instructor
C. Marina Marchese
C. Marina Marchese

C. Marina Marchese is a beekeeper, author, and member of the Italian National Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey, where she received her formal training as a honey sensory expert. She is the author of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting and Pairing Honey with a Guide to More than 30 Varietals (with Kim Flottum), Honey for Dummies (with Howland Blackiston) and her beekeeping memoir, Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper. In 2011, Marina established The American Honey Tasting Society as the leading resource for honey sensory education in the United States. An avid world traveler, Marina has had the unique opportunity to taste hundreds of new and old-world honeys maintaining an impressive private library of honey samples.

What Else You Should Know

This is an interactive, small-group, seminar-style course that meets over Zoom. Students may be invited to participate in discussions, workshop their projects, and receive feedback from the course instructor.

In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Google Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.

We provide closed captioning for all of our courses, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at experiences@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

Group Size

There are 25 spots available on this experience.

Dates and Availability
  • Tue, Jan 11, 2022
    7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
    $220
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  • Tue, Feb 15, 2022
    7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
    $220
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