At the event, we all received a flavor wheel created by Marchese and BeeCulture.com author and editor Kim Flottum, and a guide with the official colors of honey to help us describe what we were tasting. In order to taste the honey, we first needed to spread it around the inside of the cup to release the scent, take a whiff, then scoop it out onto cheese, bread, or straight into our mouths. The first honey I tried just tasted like honey, though I wrote "fruity" and "citrus" because that's how Marchese told us the linden honey should taste. By honey number five, which was a thick, dark amber goop, I felt like I got the hang of it. I tasted something akin to a musty basement or a taxidermy shop; Marchese said this buckwheat honey should taste like "leather" or "barnyard." Pretty much the same.