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Warm Apple Pie anyone? Come on, you know you want to! The smell of this is absolutely divine – it’s like warm apple pie, there’s heavy apple, an almost pastry kind of smell and a strong wave of honey-vanilla. The taste is something else entirely it’s like a sweet oven baked apple that’s been drizzled with honey.

This is so incredibly good, it really is desert in a cup it’s amazingly satisfying and it’s not over sweet either; it’s the perfect combination of apple sweetness and apple tang. This just blows away all the other apple and Turkish apple teas I’ve had before. The Honeybush gives this real depth so it doesn’t feel like you’re drinking warmed up pieces of fruit, it tastes like a full bodied drink which is really, really delicious. I can totally understand why the tea is called ‘Red Delicious’ because that’s exactly what it is. Although it’s not a brilliant red it’s more a browny-red but that’s totally nit-picking.

I bought this tea without trying it and I am always so apprehensive about doing that, but the picture is so captivating I just had to try it. And I have to say I’m sold- the quality of the tea is very impressive and when boiling water hit the infusion all the leaves, berries and apple pieces expanded fully revealing their true natures. Big and I mean BIG berries are in this and they look just amazing.

I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone who likes apples and especially to people who enjoy Turkish Apple but are trying to avoid the sugar intake because not only does this taste better than any Turkish Apple I’ve had there’s no sugar in it (or at least it’s not made of sugar and what sugar there is occurs naturally).

This is just incredible – seriously incredible.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Devilish

Haha it seems that you are really in love with this tea… I can see that you have even changed your profile picture! :D I must admit that I am also captivated by their beautiful photos!

I am both impressed by and envious of your ability to describe teas in such a vivid manner! I could see a piping hot apple pie as I read your review. :) There are too many fruit teas that taste like, as you’ve said, “warmed up pieces of fruit”, so I am glad that this tea is different. It is definitely more exciting than a pure fruit infusion!

Winter Salo

Aww thank you that’s so nice of you to say! :) I’m glad you were able to imagine it – to be honest it’s probably the best tea that’s helped me imagine what all those desert named teas by 52teas could taste like.

And the PICTURES seriously whoever they got to design the layout and photographs deserves a medal they’re just magnificent.

Yes, definitely better than a pure fruit infusion. I find with fruit infusions they need a little something else to round them out whether it’s honeybush/ rooibos or a spice or even something floral like rose petals often just fruit can really be quite unsatisfying.

CHAroma

Hmm, I’ve never had a honeybush tea before. Does honeybush taste like red rooibos? Because I’d love to try this tea (who wouldn’t after that review), but I can’t stand red rooibos. Green rooibos is okay though.

The Rabbit Hole

Thanks Winter. This is a great one iced too. Give it a go when the weather warms up a bit. Thanks also guys for the feedback on our photos. We had miophoto.com collaborate with us on the styling/shooting of them and she managed to translate what was in our minds exactly. She’s a wizz!

Winter Salo

CHAroma thanks for the comments I’m really glad to hear you liked the review :) Personally I find rooibos of any kind can be very hit and miss depending on where you get it from. For me Honeybush is like rooibos, certainly more like rooibos than any other tea or herbal carrier but it is different and I don’t feel like it can be mistaken for rooibos. The way it’s different is that rooibos has a tea quality taste to it – sometimes it can be bitter, it’s normally a far more pronounced flavour even when it’s with a whole lot of other flavourings and it usually has a strong aftertaste (good or bad).

Honeybush on the other hand is like rooibos’ cousin on the herbal side of the family – it doesn’t have a tea taste to it, it really does taste like honey but not in a sickly sweet way it’s like the runny honey you might find in a health food store or fresh from a bee farm when it’s good it’s like the honey’s been drizzled on rather than you’re drinking a hot cup of pure honey which I’m pretty sure would be quite hard to drink.

This particular Honeybush tea is really, really, really yummy! In my opinion it definitely isn’t close to a red rooibos or a green rooibos for that matter, there’s absolutely no ‘tea’ taste to it, there’s also no grassy taste or overpowering aftertaste. It’s a very good example of the honeybush taste and what it can be used for because in this tea it really is used to add a depth to the tea to allow you to really savour the apple taste and feel as though you’ve eaten a freshly baked apple that’s been drizzled in just the right amount of honey. I think it would make a very good place to start with honeybush if you like apples because it will let you know both what honeybush should taste like when good and give you an idea of what flavours might go well with it so you can venture out into other honeybushes.

The Rabbit Hole: Thank you for the feedback and you certainly chose a great company to collaborate with – they’re just brilliant photos. I think I’ll make up an iced jug of this today now that you’ve put that thought in my head, I’ve been having very sweet iced tea lately and I think the refreshing taste of apple may be just the right thing for today – it’s already very hot in Melbourne! I’m looking forward to comparing the iced version to other apple iced teas I’m sure it’ll come out wining

The Rabbit Hole

Lucky for you on the weather. Sydney is very overcast and not “Spring-like” at all at the moment. Hope you enjoy the iced version of Red Delicious as much as the hot. Cheers, Corinne.

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Devilish

Haha it seems that you are really in love with this tea… I can see that you have even changed your profile picture! :D I must admit that I am also captivated by their beautiful photos!

I am both impressed by and envious of your ability to describe teas in such a vivid manner! I could see a piping hot apple pie as I read your review. :) There are too many fruit teas that taste like, as you’ve said, “warmed up pieces of fruit”, so I am glad that this tea is different. It is definitely more exciting than a pure fruit infusion!

Winter Salo

Aww thank you that’s so nice of you to say! :) I’m glad you were able to imagine it – to be honest it’s probably the best tea that’s helped me imagine what all those desert named teas by 52teas could taste like.

And the PICTURES seriously whoever they got to design the layout and photographs deserves a medal they’re just magnificent.

Yes, definitely better than a pure fruit infusion. I find with fruit infusions they need a little something else to round them out whether it’s honeybush/ rooibos or a spice or even something floral like rose petals often just fruit can really be quite unsatisfying.

CHAroma

Hmm, I’ve never had a honeybush tea before. Does honeybush taste like red rooibos? Because I’d love to try this tea (who wouldn’t after that review), but I can’t stand red rooibos. Green rooibos is okay though.

The Rabbit Hole

Thanks Winter. This is a great one iced too. Give it a go when the weather warms up a bit. Thanks also guys for the feedback on our photos. We had miophoto.com collaborate with us on the styling/shooting of them and she managed to translate what was in our minds exactly. She’s a wizz!

Winter Salo

CHAroma thanks for the comments I’m really glad to hear you liked the review :) Personally I find rooibos of any kind can be very hit and miss depending on where you get it from. For me Honeybush is like rooibos, certainly more like rooibos than any other tea or herbal carrier but it is different and I don’t feel like it can be mistaken for rooibos. The way it’s different is that rooibos has a tea quality taste to it – sometimes it can be bitter, it’s normally a far more pronounced flavour even when it’s with a whole lot of other flavourings and it usually has a strong aftertaste (good or bad).

Honeybush on the other hand is like rooibos’ cousin on the herbal side of the family – it doesn’t have a tea taste to it, it really does taste like honey but not in a sickly sweet way it’s like the runny honey you might find in a health food store or fresh from a bee farm when it’s good it’s like the honey’s been drizzled on rather than you’re drinking a hot cup of pure honey which I’m pretty sure would be quite hard to drink.

This particular Honeybush tea is really, really, really yummy! In my opinion it definitely isn’t close to a red rooibos or a green rooibos for that matter, there’s absolutely no ‘tea’ taste to it, there’s also no grassy taste or overpowering aftertaste. It’s a very good example of the honeybush taste and what it can be used for because in this tea it really is used to add a depth to the tea to allow you to really savour the apple taste and feel as though you’ve eaten a freshly baked apple that’s been drizzled in just the right amount of honey. I think it would make a very good place to start with honeybush if you like apples because it will let you know both what honeybush should taste like when good and give you an idea of what flavours might go well with it so you can venture out into other honeybushes.

The Rabbit Hole: Thank you for the feedback and you certainly chose a great company to collaborate with – they’re just brilliant photos. I think I’ll make up an iced jug of this today now that you’ve put that thought in my head, I’ve been having very sweet iced tea lately and I think the refreshing taste of apple may be just the right thing for today – it’s already very hot in Melbourne! I’m looking forward to comparing the iced version to other apple iced teas I’m sure it’ll come out wining

The Rabbit Hole

Lucky for you on the weather. Sydney is very overcast and not “Spring-like” at all at the moment. Hope you enjoy the iced version of Red Delicious as much as the hot. Cheers, Corinne.

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