PRODUCT REVIEW: 

three peaks MANUKA HONEY

UMF 15+

three peaks manuka honey

When it comes to delicious tasting, real New Zealand manuka honey there are a lot of pretenders but not that many genuine companies on the market. Three Peaks provide a boutique range that is tasty and that offers a host of health benefits.

In this review, we'll be tasting and unpacking their UMF 15+ product.

Who is three peaks?

Three Peaks is a boutique manuka honey manufacturer based in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s North Island. The company was started in 2015 with its genesis coming from the 400 beehives owned by Tauranga couple Norman and Mary Dean. These have grown to more than 8,500 hives spread across the Coromandel, Waikato, Manawatu and Wanganui regions. The fact that the company owns all of its hives allows for complete transparency in the production process.

Over the last few years, Three Peaks have purchased a number of apiaries in the quest to become a major player in the New Zealand and international manuka honey markets. These included Ross Apiaries in 2017 and Coast to Coast Apiary in 2019. In 2019, Three Peaks entered into an agreement with the East Taupo Land Trust, which gave them access to remote areas of prime Manuka bush growing land that other producers do not have access to. In turn, Three Peaks are committed to providing opportunities to the rangatahi (young people) of the region and the regeneration of the landscape. 

Three Peaks are committed to supporting the areas in which they situate their hives. Their unique selling point is the marriage of the art of beekeeping with their skills in honey production. Their entire approach is built on the goal of minimal impact in order to preserve the remote ecosystems in which they operate. 

Three Peaks Manuka Honey are part of the Perry Group of Companies. 

Product overview:

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Three Peaks UMF 15+ Manuka Honey is sold in a 250 gram (8.8oz) plastic container. Along with its UMF rating of 15+, it also has an MGO of 514+. It is independently certified by the NZ UMF Honey Association to ensure purity and quality. Each batch of Three Peaks honey is submitted for independent testing to maintain consistency and transparency.

Three Peaks Manuka Honey is noted for its thick, creamy texture and sweet, but not too sweet, taste. This UMF 15+ product makes a tasty addition to beverages or as a toast spread. It can also be used for a range of medicinal applications. 

The jar in which Three Peaks UMF 15+ manuka honey is packaged is made from BPA materials and is tinted to ensure that there is no sunlight degradation to the honey. Three Peaks ensure that every single jar of their Manuka honey is traceable to the source. This provides you with surety in a market that is saturated with fake manuka products. By entering the batch code that is located on the bottom of the jar into the Three Peaks website, you will be able to identify the source of your product. 

Three Peaks do not offer international shipping on the product range sold on their website. However a limited product range is available internationally from Amazon.

Three Peaks offer a 100 percent, no questions asked money back guarantee on this product. However, a couple of online reviewers have noted that their request for a refund was not honored. 

Grading

Three Peaks are both UMF and MGO certified. 

The UMF rating assesses the antibacterial quality of Manuka honey. It does so by comparing the manuka honey to the known antibacterial Phenol. A UMF rating of 15 + indicates that this manuka honey is equivalent in strength to a 20 percent solution of phenol. 

Active manuka honey must have a UMF rating of 10 + or higher. This means that it has health benefits beyond its taste. The UMF ratings range from 5 + to 20 +. A rating of 15 + is considered to be Super Premium (as opposed to Ultra Premium for a 20 + product). With its UMF rating of 15 +, therefore, this Three Peaks product is able to be used for medicinal applications. 

The MGO Rating measures the amount of methylglyoxal in the product. Unlike the UMF rating, it does not take into account two other key ingredients; Leptosperin and Hydroxymethylfurfural.

The MGO rating runs from 83 to 829. The MGO rating of Three Peaks UMF 15 + is 514, which puts it at the middle of the range. 

Taste

Three Peaks manuka honey is known for its sweet, creamy taste. It delivers a flavoring which is similar to the taste of butterscotch. And is not overly sweet like some competing brands. The general consensus among online reviewers is that this manuka honey has an amazing taste.

The light amber color of this manuka honey is generally consistent. However, it is impossible to completely control the color and consistency of manuka honey from one batch to the next, so you should not be surprised if the batch you receive does not exactly resemble the product pictured in online advertising. 

value for money

Three Peaks UMF 15 + Manuka Honey is among the most expensive manuka honeys on the market, as you would expect from a boutique supplier. It is slightly more expensive than competing products from Comvita and Manukora. 

suggested uses and benefits:

Three Peaks UMF 15 + Manuka Honey is, first and foremost, a delicious tasting food product. Use it to add sweetness to your hot drinks and as a breakfast spread for your toast or bread. You can also simply enjoy it by the spoonful. Due to its high price, however, many people buy a lower UMF rated, and therefore less expensive, Three Peaks honey for eating purposes and save UMF 15 + for its health benefits.

The proven health benefits of manuka honey comes from the following three key ingredients:

  • Leptosperin
  • Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) 
  • Methylglyoxal (MGO)

It is this combination that provides the antibacterial, antiinflammatory and antimicrobial properties to manuka honey. Buyers of Three Peaks UMF 15 + Manuka Honey are putting the product to a huge range of health and medicinal uses with outstanding results. It is an effective treatment for sore throats and respiratory infections and is an ideal ingredient when you start to feel coughs and colds coming on. People have also found this particular manuka honey to be very good for the teeth and gums. 

Three Peaks UMF 15 + is an effective anti inflammatory agent. Obviously it is not as potent as a UMF 18 or 20 product but is still quite able to afford you with the extra protection that you need. It can provide you with a daily wellness boost as well as giving you an extra energy boost to help get you through your day. 

Other uses of Three Peaks UMF 15 + are as a topical skin treatment for conditions such as acne. It is also an effective wound treatment and is even used by women as an ingredient in face masks. 

The guys at Three Peaks, recommend taking a teaspoon of their UMF 15 + product as a daily health booster. 

overall summary:

PROS

  • Great taste
  • Product traceability
  • Own all of their beehives
  • Community involvement
  • Sustainable practices
  • UMF and MGO certified

cons

  • Expensive
  • Limited international shipping range (but Amazon available)

FAQ

Is Three Peaks Manuka Honey real?

Yes, Three Peaks Manuka Honey is real. While there are a large number of products on the market that claim to contain real New Zealand manuka honey but actually do not, this is not one of them. Three Peaks allow you to have complete confidence with their Trace Your Honey feature. Every jar of manuka honey that you buy contains a unique barcode on its base. This allows you to track the honey all the way back to the actual beehive in the forests of New Zealand that it was produced from. 

Is Three Peaks a New Zealand brand?

Yes, Three Peaks is a New Zealand brand. The company is based in the magnificent Bay of Plenty, located in the middle of New Zealand’s north island. The company’s 8500 beehives are spread around the upper north island, with concentrations in the Coromandel, Waikato, Manawatu and Wanganui regions.

Can you buy Three Peaks honey in America?

Yes, you can buy Three Peaks honey in America. However, due to the high costs involved, Three Peaks do not sell their products internationally themselves. It can, though, be purchased on Amazon. At this stage, however, only a small portion of the Three Peaks product range is available for sale in the US.

OTHER OPTIONS:

The Three Peaks Manuka range, available from the official website includes the following:

  • Three Peaks Manuka Honey Blend (available in 250 and 500g)
  • Three Peaks Manuka Honey UMF 6 + (available in 250g)
  • Three Peaks Manuka Honey UMF 8 + (available in 250g)
  • Three Peaks Manuka Honey UMF 10 + (available in 250g + 500g)

Three Peaks also provides a range of boutique Tongariro Jars of Manuka, UMF 16 +, 18 + and 20 + products.

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Where to buy:

For fastest shipping times in the US, we recommend buying directly from Amazon.

For New Zealand buyers, you can purchase from their web store.


Three Peaks UMF15+ made it onto our list of top manuka honeys for 2021

Who are we?

I'm Erin, and my husband and I have been raising bees in Northern New Zealand for over 30 years. We no longer raise bees on Manuka flowers, but it remains one of our favorites, and we eat it daily, among other honeys like Kamahi and Rata. Since Manuka has grown in popularity overseas in recent years, we thought we should educate people on the true benefits of Manuka and how to find quality Manuka honey. Above is our guide, written by us and designed by our brilliant computer whiz of a son, Byron. We hope you find it helpful! Learn more about us here.