Chocolate Orange Flavored Honeybush from 52Teas

Chocolate-Orange-HoneybushTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

Caffeine-free organic honeybush blended with organic cacao nibs, freeze-dried orange sections, marigold petals and organic chocolate and orange flavors. I was a bit reluctant to offer a chocolate tea outside of traditional hot tea drinking weather, but one of my helper elves insisted there is no wrong time to make a chocolate tea. After tasting this delicious blend, I have to say I totally agree with her.

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Taster’s Review:

I could smell the orange as soon as I opened the pouch!  The chocolate notes are less apparent than the orange but then again … oranges are a bit more fragrant than a bar of chocolate.  The dry leaf has a lot of petals (these don’t really affect the flavor) and little chunks of cacao nib and dried oranges combined with the oxidized organic honeybush leaves.

When I brew honeybush (or it’s South African “cousin” rooibos), I usually brew it in my Breville One-Touch tea maker and that’s how I brewed this.  I measured out 3 bamboo scoops of the tisane and put it in the basket of the tea maker, and then I poured in freshly filtered water up to the 500ml mark.  I set the settings to 195°F and 10 minutes and then I left it alone to do its thing.  That’s what I love so much about the One-Touch … you just put the tea and water into it, set the settings and the tea maker does the rest!  Ten minutes later, I had a pot of Chocolate Orange flavored Honeybush!

The orange notes are a little softer in the brewed liquid, and I can smell notes of chocolate as well as notes of honeybush.  It smells sweet, orange-y, chocolate-y and nutty.

The flavor is similar to the fragrance.  The sip starts with sweet, orange-y flavors.  Then I notice the nutty, honeyed flavor of the honeybush and notes of chocolate.  I wish that the chocolate notes were stronger – but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, that wish should come as no surprise to you.  I always want more chocolate.  More chocolate = better.  Always.

As it is though, I feel that the chocolate notes here are lacking.  The orange is such an abundant flavor and it seems to overwhelm the chocolate a bit.

Oh, it’s still quite a tasty blend, but this is definitely more orange than it is chocolate.  I like how the honeybush melds with these flavors – the nutty, earthy notes of the honeybush work well with the richness of the cacao notes and the sunny notes of orange.

It’s a sweet, dessert-y type of tea, and because it’s naturally caffeine free, this would be a great late night snack for those who are looking for something sweet but don’t want to indulge.  This is guilt free sipping!

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