1100 Tasting Notes
After seeing all of the good reviews for this, I was happy to be able to find it in Target. I totally see what all of the fuss is about! It’s a lovely holiday tea with an incredibly attractive price tag. It doesn’t particularly remind me of a candy cane, but it’s very minty nonetheless and that’s enough to satisfy me. Vanilla is a secondary taste that makes a nice subtle addition, and as it steeps far past what is probably the recommended time, the cinnamon comes out more and more. This is labeled as a Christmas tea, but I’m sure I could enjoy it all year ’round!
The only complaint I have is that the peppermint reminds me of peppermint extract, including that weird bite it has. I’m not sure what could have been done to tone that effect down — less peppermint? more vanilla? a different method of flavoring? — but it can get annoying. A longer steep does help to bring out the other flavors and thus cover up the peppermint, but it could still be better.
Confession: this is the first honeybush I’ve ever had, which is pretty odd considering my sweet tooth makes me more suited to it than to rooibos. So I don’t know if it’s the honeybush or the combination of flavors that makes this blend great — but whichever it is, I approve. Slightly sweet but not dessert-y, this is a yummy and calming tea that really does make me want to curl up somewhere on a cool fall day.