Honey has an interesting flavor, but it's very sweet.

Is there any way to get the flavor of honey without it being sweet?

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What comes to mind immediately is to experiment with different varieties. Honeys vary a lot in sweetness and strength of flavor.

From About.com

  • Acacia honey is very sweet with a clean, pure, classic honey flavor.
  • Alfalfa is a light honey but with a nice mild spicy note and floral aroma.
  • Blueberry honey has a slight tang and a fruity flavor.
  • Buckwheat is tasty on toast, but its strong and spicy flavor makes it perfect for marinades.
  • Clover is the classic honey - light, sweet, floral.
  • Coffee honey tends to be quite dark, with a rich, deep flavor that matches its color.
  • Eucalyptus honey has just a hint of menthol flavor in it, making it perfect for stirring into tea.
  • Fireweed honey has a markedly complex flavor and a slightly buttery texture. Like buckwheat honey, it can stand up to meats, marinades, glazes, and grilling
  • Heather is pungent and almost bitter, in a good way. It's great with smoky things, or on wholesome baked goods.
  • Linden honey is quite delicate and has a fresh, woodsy aroma perfect with tea
  • Orange Blossom is widely available but watch out, much of the orange blossom honey on the market is artificially flavored. Real orange blossom honey is mild and citrus-scented.
  • Palmetto is a mild honey with balanced sweetness.
  • Sage is a lot like palmetto honey - mild, sweet, flexible.
  • Sourwood is caramel-like and buttery and delicious on toast, biscuits, muffins, and any other vehicle you can think of.
  • Tupelo honey is somehow sweeter than other honeys, but with a lovely balanced mild flavor.
  • Wildflower honey is light and fruity yet richly flavored at the same time.

Based on that, perhaps heather honey would be a good place to start.

  • Wow! I had no idea there were so many kinds of honey. If youre ever tried it, does coffee honey taste at all like coffee?
    – Prime
    Oct 12, 2014 at 16:25
  • @Prime I have not tried coffee honey, or even seen it. It's one of the few on that list I haven't tried. I also haven't tried heather, and I'm pretty curious about that.
    – Jolenealaska
    Oct 12, 2014 at 20:04

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