This tea smelled so good in the tin this morning that I decided to have honeybush for breakfast (even though I’m a caffeine addict). 3 tsp. leaf, 500 ml. water, in my Breville at below parameters. Added milk and sugar because that’s what I like with my breakfast.

Unfortunately, I think I over sweetened it, or my tongue has been desensitized to the flavor too easily, because right now it tastes mostly like icing. Cinnamon infused icing. If I take my time between sips a hint of breadiness sneaks back in, but mostly the sweet is overpowering. The mouthfeel is a little thin too, strangely, because I’ve added milk so you wouldn’t think that’d be a problem.

I think I liked it better when I had it iced because it had more of a well rounded flavor. I will likely use the rest of the leaf this way, and save my coconut cream pie/coconut cheesecake honeybush to be made hot.

Boiling 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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