Leaf Type: Honeybush
Where to Buy: California Tea House
Honeybush is made from the Cyclopia sessiliflora plant from the mountains of the South African Cape. It is very similar to Rooibos in taste and health aspects, yet it is naturally a little more sweet. We took the highest grade Honeybush and blended in vanilla bean pieces and marigold petals to create our naturally caffeine-free Vanilla Bean Honeybush.
Learn more about this tisane here.
This tisane brings back memories! Back when I flavored and blended teas, I had a delicious organic vanilla honeybush, and this tastes quite a bit like that one did. The naturally sweet, nutty flavor of the honeybush seems to marry very well with the creamy tones of vanilla. The result is a sweet, smooth cup that is delicious any time of day.
While I am enjoying this (and it is good hot or iced!) I think it would be even better with a bit more vanilla flavor. As it is, it has a pleasing vanilla note, but, I think that a little more vanilla would help to tone down the slightly sour wood note that I taste toward mid-sip. It isn’t what I’d call “off-putting” but, I think it would taste better without it. In addition, I think that the additional vanilla flavor would give it a little more body, and I’m finding this cup to be a wee bit on the thin side.
Overall, though, this is enjoyable. Makes a sweet, cozy cup to enjoy later in the evening when you might want something a little on the sweet side, this can help curb those cravings. A nice, relaxing cup.