Seasonality, terroir and HANAH ONE
Each batch of HANAH ONE tells its own story
Our flagship product HANAH ONE varies in texture and flavor from batch to batch. This is not unusual for artisanal products and will not in any way impact the purity or quality of the product. The reasons for the variations are that HANAH ONE, much like a fine wine, is a product of terroir. Therefore, it is subject to factors like climate, soil, seasons as well as harvesting timing and methods — all of which will have a subtle effect on the texture and taste of each batch.
The purity, quality and the efficacy of HANAH ONE remains the same regardless of the batch number, texture or flavor. We are maniacally focused on the purity and quality of our ingredients, and the formula is steeped heavily in traditional Ayurvedic knowledge and practices. We use no artificial preservatives, additives or fillers ever, so the viscosity of the product will vary and even evolve over time. It may naturally thicken, become grainier and some ingredients may begin to separate. If this happens, simply give it a good stir, similar to what you would do with a jar of natural peanut butter or honey.
While we have a consistent fill size, HANAH ONE will shrink and expand due to fluctuations in temperature. If you experience a slight difference in volume or thickness from one batch to the next, simply adjust the serving size to accommodate. Thinner consistency means slightly larger serving, thicker means slightly smaller.
Not so dissimilar to a fine wine, each batch of HANAH ONE tells its own story based on the season, the weather in the south of India and the soil type. Think of it as going to a farmer’s market and experiencing the beauty and variance of local, family farmed products — as opposed to cruising a supermarket full of mass produced, highly modified foods that are full of ingredients you can’t even pronounce.
Just to reiterate, HANAH ONE is a labor of love that may vary in texture but will never vary in quality or efficacy.
Consulting the professionals
When we receive new batches of HANAH ONE, we turn to friend of the brand and 14-year veteran of the wine industry, Jonathan Sillcocks, to share his tasting notes. Jonathan is a sommelier and wine steward who has experience in all aspects of the industry.
We recently started shipping batch 20 of HANAH ONE and were eager to find out how it compares to those that came before it. Read on to discover what tastes, smells and textures the Kerelan terroir brought to the forefront in batch 20.
HANAH ONE Batch 20
"These last two batches have been a step up in quality, in my opinion," Jonathan opined. He went on to add, "There's more purity of flavor..." Jonathan's tasting uncovered aromatics of nutmeg and cumin, along with dried fig and sweet baking spice. The latter of which could also be sensed in batch 18. Also similar to recent batches, he described the texture as creamy and smooth. The spoonful rounds out with lingering notes of zippy dried black cherry, chocolate and spicy nutmeg.
What do you taste in the newest batch of HANAH ONE?
Previous batches of HANAH ONE
HANAH ONE Batch 18
Aromatics: Earthy, dried fig and sweet spice with a hint of coffee undertones.
Taste and texture: Creamy and smooth with a slightly chalky texture with notes of chocolate, tart dried fruit and spicy clove.
HANAH ONE Batch 17
Aromatics: Cinnamon (Red Hots) flavors with pronounced sweet chocolatey notes
Taste and texture: Thick and smooth consistency. Spiciest of the last several batches with ginger, cinnamon and a touch of chocolate. Dry and less sweet.
HANAH ONE Batch 16
Aromatics: Subtle floral notes lead with some oiled leather and Chinese five spice
Taste and texture: A thick, smooth consistency. Super fine granulates. Notes of ginger, flowers and earthiness linger. Exotic. More delicate flavors than recent batches. Touch of sweetness.
HANAH ONE Batch 15
Aromatics: Chocolate, raisin with clove and cinnamon notes
Taste and texture: A thick, smooth consistency. Ever so subtle granulates. Tart, baked sweet blackberry and fig flavors layered with lots of baking spices. Flavors linger for a long time. Very amplified flavor.
For more information on how the wild herbs, sesame oil, Vechur Ghee or honey in HANAH ONE, read this blog post: Character and terroir: How HANAH ONE is like fine wine.
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