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Organic Honey Bush from The Tea Smith

Organic Honey Bush from The Tea Smith

Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  The Tea Smith

Tisane Description:

A unique herb from South Africa, honey bush is slightly sweet and reminiscent of a baked dessert. It’s a great way to cheat on your diet!

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ll be honest, when I opened this month’s Steepster Select box, I was a little disappointed.  Maybe even a lot disappointed.

Inside, there was a package of pure Guayusa, and a package of pure Honey Bush (which is what I’m reviewing right now).  Really?  Really???  The only package that seemed to be somewhat redeeming in this themed collection – called “New Frontiers” – from Steepster was the Hawaiian-Grown green tea.  But even that didn’t really seem worth the $19 bucks a month that this subscription costs.

I mean, okay… I like Guayusa.  And I even like honey bush.  But in the case of these two leaf types, I find them to be much more enjoyable as flavored tisanes or as part of a blend … especially honey bush.  It’s tasty enough as a pure tisane, but, it’s kind of just boring.  Not all that exciting.

This is basically what I expect from a honey bush:  lightly sweet with nutty tones and a background of wood-like flavor.  I find that I notice more of the natural nutty tones and woody notes when it is unflavored, but, that’s not necessarily a good thing.  I find that the toasty nut flavor is enjoyable, but, the wood tones can be a bit on the sour side, especially if you steep it for a long period of time.

Fortunately, I didn’t steep it too long, so, I find myself actually enjoying this nutty, honey-sweet tisane, even though I do find myself wishing that there was a little more to this month’s “New Frontiers” box.  I do appreciate that it is an organic honey bush, as I find that there is a distinct difference in flavor between organic and conventionally grown honey bush (as well as rooibos). It’s enjoyable, but, just a little ho-hum.

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