Black Jar Honey Contest

 This year's Contest Finals June 7, 2018  Entries accepted year round  Next year's deadline Dec.15, 2018   Enter below


8th Annual International

  Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest

(now accepting entries)


Contest Rules             Contest FAQs             Register Online below@bottom   


Honey. The concentrated essence of plants collected by thousands of individual bees. Each a blend of the unique flora within foraging distance. Different within each colony in a single place - indeed, different within cells of a single comb. Different throughout the progressing season and noticeably different year to year.

Think of the variety of plants within an area. Consider how they respond to sunlight and rain, temperature and humidity. Even within a small distance microcosms produce subtle changes. The mineral content of every square meter of the earth varies due to eons of weathering and seismic shift - differences reflected in honey.

Taste. A Sense all humans share. Wikipedia says an average of 3,00-10,000 taste receptors dot the human tongue - but they are marvelously imprecise in what they convey. We all more or less agree what is salty, bitter or sweet - but how can certain individuals reject a fruit as too bitter when others find them delicious?

Perhaps it is less about the chemical receptors on our tongues than it is how our brains interpret the sensations it receives? Ask people to rank what tastes best to them - and their answers will likely contradict the opinion of others sampling the same thing.

There exist in this World bees, people, and plants wonderfully exotic to each other. The goal of the Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest is to bring them together to share this intersection of Honey with Taste. The Center welcomes the prospect of ‘discovering’ varietals and blends from all parts of the Globe.




Entries must be received or post-marked by December 15, 2018. Due to difficulties and expense in shipping, International entries may be packaged in unbreakable containers (1 liter or 3 pounds US) which the Center will transfer into glass queenline bottles. Two beekeeper labels must be included for attaching. Please visit Contest Rules.


Grand Prize is $2500 U.S, blue ribbon, name added to trophy and Center website, and bragging rights for the whole world. We will also award $150 each to winners in ten categories - which will be determined based upon the qualities and quanty of entries received. 

There will be numerous less publicized tastings to narrow the field but Winners will be announced at a ticketed cocktail reception to be held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville NC.


For answers to frequently asked questions click here.


Due to the nature of tasting so many delicious flavors - it is necessary that numerous tastings be judged - with the winners moving on to 'regionals'  'semi-finals' etc. until we announce where and by whom the Best Tasting Honey in the World was produced. 


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