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3 Tasting Notes

90

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.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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60

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!)

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67

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!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Recovering coffee addict, experimenting with boiling bits of plants alive in pretty teapots.

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England