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Pie is my most favorite dessert. When I get a sweet tooth, it’s what I want. And sweet potato pie is what I love more than anything – I love the texture and the taste and the spices and the crust. I even like that it’s seasonal because it means it’s that much more special since I only get it a few times a year.

So when this was the tea of the week I ordered it almost before I realized it – I wanted to see how well it could translate into tea. I steeped 3 tsp. of this into 500 ml of water for 10 minutes (I found that that was a perfect amount of time for the coconut cheesecake honeybush and it made the flavor super strong, so I used that as a starting point for this).

The aroma of the tisane struck me first – I didn’t think it smelled like sweet potato pie – definitely spicy and kind of gingery, but not what I recognize as sweet potato, or pie. My first brewed cup smelled very spicy. I drank it unsweetened and got more of the essence, rather than actual flavor of sweet potato (a starchy mouthfeel), and then alot of cinnamon on the swallow. I didn’t find any trace of the crust in the flavor this go around.

My second cup I sweetened with rock sugar, and it brought out some slight butter flavors from the crust. In general the sweetener helps to bring all the flavors together, rather than leaving you to experience them separately, and it strongly resembles the sweet potato pie I know and love. Still very strong on the cinnamon, but I like cinnamon, so I don’t really mind.

A solid tisane, especially if you’re a sweet potato person!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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