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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
1112 tasting notes

We just had a very bizarre power outage – I came home to no electricity! – but thankfully everything is now fixed thanks to some long hours from the power company – at 8 pm we shouted “Let there be light!!! (and internet!)”. The first thing I did when the power came on was make tea! I chose this one because I wanted something sweet to ease all my worry.

I was a nervous wreck making it – in a mad rush to try and reset all the clocks in the house, make sure everything was now working, etc and I was too heavy handed with the leaves and probably steeped it a bit too much. I tasted a strong, delicious strawberry flavor and my first taste of honeybush! Yum! Sweeter than rooibos and less cigar humidor-ish! I fear that my heavy steep and the addition of honey masked the vanilla and chocolate flavors. Nevertheless, it was very delicious! I love the honeybush and the strawberry was so natural and good. It does not need honey at all, and I think a 5 minute steep would be more suitable.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
mpierce87

This tea has had so many great reviews lately that I really need to order some. However, I’m on a self-imposed tea buying hiatus for the month of April, so if it is still in stock at midnight on April 30, I’m ordering some! Until then, I am glad to live vicariously through your and others reviews of this blend.

Rabs

Ah, I loves me some honeybush (she says whilst sipping her Honeybush Mango)!

Dan

When our electric is out we light the wood stove and get out the metal tea kettle. Have to have my tea.

JacquelineM

Dan – It’s great that you have an alternative energy source! That is the smart thing to have! I felt so fragile thinking I couldn’t do ANYTHING with the way the modern things were set up. When the apocalypse comes, I’m in DEEP TROUBLE!!!

Kristin

I think 52teas has proven that more tea makers should offer flavored honeybush. Not enough flavored honeybush!

LadyLondonderry

Glad you’ve got your power back! I’m a little surprised you didn’t seek comfort from your beloved Thomas … but then again, he might be a little too stimulating for this situation!

JacquelineM

Yes – the last thing I needed was caffeine!! I was shaking as it was :) I should have drank a whole chamomile bush!!!

~lauren.

JacquelineM – maybe consider a natural-gas stove next time? The igniter doesn’t work during power outages but the stove does once you ignite it with a long fireplace match or one of those long-long-nozzled lighter-thingy. At least tea & even dinner gets on the table during outages…!

JacquelineM

We have a gas oven and burners that run by an electronic pad thing. Can I light those burners with a long match?

~lauren.

I don’t do the oven (though my mom did on hers all the time) I only do my stove with the long-nozzled-fire-lighty-thing (often as we are subject to black outs and brown outs on the wind’s whim).

JacquelineM

I will try it – only on the burners! :) if I have this happen again. When I saw the whole stove looking dead I just figured nothing worked! THANK YOU!

~lauren.

My only caution – make sure you can turn it off somehow (my knobby thing turns off my stove) I don’t know about your electronic pad thing.

JacquelineM

Yes I have knobs that you turn as well as the electric part. I hope I never have to try it :) :) :) :) but it is so good to know about.

~lauren.

Try it, JacquelineM! Try it out now when you have power – that way you won’t panic about trying something different in a stressful situation (which is so me, probably, more than you).

JacquelineM

That’s a good idea – I was totally shaking yesterday!! In our last house, our electricity went out and we wound up having to get the whole house rewired at $$$$$$$$$ – the wires were old and rotted – so of course that is what I automatically thought happened and I was like noooooooooo! Thankfully it was something the power company had to fix.

~lauren.

Oh, so glad that it worked out for you (yay – that the onus was on the power company!!!)!

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mpierce87

This tea has had so many great reviews lately that I really need to order some. However, I’m on a self-imposed tea buying hiatus for the month of April, so if it is still in stock at midnight on April 30, I’m ordering some! Until then, I am glad to live vicariously through your and others reviews of this blend.

Rabs

Ah, I loves me some honeybush (she says whilst sipping her Honeybush Mango)!

Dan

When our electric is out we light the wood stove and get out the metal tea kettle. Have to have my tea.

JacquelineM

Dan – It’s great that you have an alternative energy source! That is the smart thing to have! I felt so fragile thinking I couldn’t do ANYTHING with the way the modern things were set up. When the apocalypse comes, I’m in DEEP TROUBLE!!!

Kristin

I think 52teas has proven that more tea makers should offer flavored honeybush. Not enough flavored honeybush!

LadyLondonderry

Glad you’ve got your power back! I’m a little surprised you didn’t seek comfort from your beloved Thomas … but then again, he might be a little too stimulating for this situation!

JacquelineM

Yes – the last thing I needed was caffeine!! I was shaking as it was :) I should have drank a whole chamomile bush!!!

~lauren.

JacquelineM – maybe consider a natural-gas stove next time? The igniter doesn’t work during power outages but the stove does once you ignite it with a long fireplace match or one of those long-long-nozzled lighter-thingy. At least tea & even dinner gets on the table during outages…!

JacquelineM

We have a gas oven and burners that run by an electronic pad thing. Can I light those burners with a long match?

~lauren.

I don’t do the oven (though my mom did on hers all the time) I only do my stove with the long-nozzled-fire-lighty-thing (often as we are subject to black outs and brown outs on the wind’s whim).

JacquelineM

I will try it – only on the burners! :) if I have this happen again. When I saw the whole stove looking dead I just figured nothing worked! THANK YOU!

~lauren.

My only caution – make sure you can turn it off somehow (my knobby thing turns off my stove) I don’t know about your electronic pad thing.

JacquelineM

Yes I have knobs that you turn as well as the electric part. I hope I never have to try it :) :) :) :) but it is so good to know about.

~lauren.

Try it, JacquelineM! Try it out now when you have power – that way you won’t panic about trying something different in a stressful situation (which is so me, probably, more than you).

JacquelineM

That’s a good idea – I was totally shaking yesterday!! In our last house, our electricity went out and we wound up having to get the whole house rewired at $$$$$$$$$ – the wires were old and rotted – so of course that is what I automatically thought happened and I was like noooooooooo! Thankfully it was something the power company had to fix.

~lauren.

Oh, so glad that it worked out for you (yay – that the onus was on the power company!!!)!

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