This was way, way better than I thought it was going to be.
And I’m not really sure why I doubted Samovar in the first place!
Anyway, takgoti sent me a sample of this. From the dry leaf, I was expecting some lemon hurricane to attack my tastebuds. It’s… LEMON. Very lemon. Not like fresh-squeezed lemon juice, but more like a lemon candy. Or candied lemon peel.
But there’s really nothing in the scent other than lemon.
So I steeped this up and watched as the water turned pretty red-orange. Oh, it’d be a good point to mention that this is my first honeybush! … And for some reason, I always feel like a pre-pubescent teenager whenever I see/type that, since it just looks dirty.
Anyway, the smell coming off the infusion is exactly like those Lemon Drop candies that used to come in those cardboard boxes that they sold in my cafeteria. In elementary school. I never really liked them (there was an almost weird texture problem with them), but the smell is right there. Actually, the taste is exactly Lemon Drop as well! I should probably point out right now that this is the best lemon-based tea I’ve ever had. Everything else has tasted like I just guzzled a pint of Lemon Pledge. Or Lysol. Or some other generically-lemon cleaning product.
The sugared notes from the stevia really counterbalance the tartness of the lemon in a very wonderful way. It’s really like lemon candies. Or lemon pastry without any baked flavor. Or lemon custard. I think you’re getting the point.
I’m not getting really any taste from the honeybush, but I kind of doubt that’s the real point. It’s just the canvas on which to splotch sunny yellows.
I don’t think I could drink this every day, for sure, but when I’m craving sweet-tart lemon, I know where to turn!