3 Tasting Notes
My first honeybush! Though, as it looks like black coffee in my current mug, my brain’s getting a little confused as to why I’m smelling chocolate cake. In hindsight, I think I should’ve let it steep a little longer to bring out more of the chocolatey goodness but it still smells lovely.
A creamy, sweet without being cloying, tisane. The caramel is a lovely base for the chocolate (which is VERY chocolatey) but there’s that beautiful rose and vanilla peeking through which seem to give this blend the cakeyness. Yes, I know that’s not a word. Yes, you’re correct that I don’t care.
I’m not sure how this would fare with the addition of milk but it’s absolutely beautiful on it’s own.
The scent when you open the tea tin is absolutely divine and unlike a few other flavoured teas I’ve tried, tastes as good as it smells. Definitely more a herbal cinnamon blend, rather than a sweet and sticky bakery cinnamon but it doesn’t turn medicinal at any point.
My only criticism is that it felt a little thin, even with milk but that didn’t detract from the experience; perhaps it’s because the cinnamon reminded me of my morning porridge! I preferred the tea once it had cooled down but I think that’s just because I could get more of it in my mouth.
(NB: I’m not used to the taste of black tea, so my rating is tempered by that – I’ll likely revisit this tea once my tastebuds are more acclimatised!)
A strong caramel scent without any of the artificial sweetness you get with some flavoured teas (even after I picked out a lot of the caramel chunks and ate them!) The scent mellows and softens to a creamy almond when brewed. Lovely golden-green colour to the tea too.
Tasted straight up, the tea is light and refreshing with a smooth caramel aftertaste. My second cup that had steeped slightly longer (I only have a teeny teacup) was stronger but without bitterness. When I try it again I’ll probably add a smidge of honey to see if it brings out the caramel a bit more but overall, my first “proper” cup of tea was an enjoyable one!