Custard-Filled Maple Long John Honeybush

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Continuing our tradition of bringing you guilty-pleasure baked goods in tea form, here’s our take on a custard-filled maple long john (one of my personal guilty-pleasures). Sweet, caffeine-free honeybush blended with marigold petals and natural flavors. Sweet, maple-y, bake-y goodness in a guilt-free, caffeine-free and 100% vegan treat!

Our Tea of the Week for the week of April 9, 2012

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871 tasting notes

Received this in a swap a while back. It’s enjoyable. I’m getting the nice baked notes of a pastry and can catch hints of the custard. No maple though. It’s ok though, it’s still pretty good!

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386 tasting notes

This is good. I’d forgotten what I’d taken in my thermos today and drank it, I tasted maple and pudding strongly :) easy to guess what tea it was.

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652 tasting notes

I was somewhat confused as to what kind of tea this was since it was in a sample baggie that said custard filled maple long john. I don’t think I’ve drank honeybrush before, but this stuff is fantastic! Some light tasting heavy cream in this tea with a nice warm taste that comes alive as I sip on it. Quite happy I decided to randomly brew this today next to a blueberry green… what a contrast.

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1845 tasting notes

First, I’m very sad to hear that Frank won’t be making the hot teas anymore, but I’m happy to see LiberTEAS and her daughter taking over! Hopefully good things will happen!
Thank you for this one, QueenofTarts! I had to buy it to travel along with the Bluebird split order. The pouch was brand new and unopened but I have no idea if this is a reblend or older. I wish I had one of these donuts right now – custard filled! Maple frosting! I tried this one a while back at boiling and the flavor was non-existent other than the honeybush. The dry leaves really don’t have much of a scent other than a sweetness anyway. Then I thought to try it again, at a very low temperature. I waited around 20 minutes after boiling, but there still wasn’t a flavor that would scream maple custard donuts. Again, just a little bit of sweetness. Both steep sessions I only steeped for around 45 seconds because that usually gives me the best flavor with 52Teas blends. I don’t think a longer steep time would help, but I’ll try that eventually. Too bad this one wasn’t better, as it’s a really nice idea for a blend! Low rating for not delivering on the flavor promise!
First steep session: 1 tsp. // just boiled // 45 seconds
Second steep session: 1 tsp // 20 minutes after boiling // 45 seconds

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593 tasting notes

I was really pleased to see this one pop back up again since I missed it when it was first blended. I love custard, pastries, maple and honeybush so this blend sounds like a dream!

Sipping… Yet again all I taste is honeybush with a very mild maple flavor and a bit of sweetness. I really don’t know where I am supposed to find the custard or long john.. but they’re definitely not in the cup. It’s not a bad cup of tea, but if I wanted plain honeybush, I’m sure that I could find it for less money.

As much as I love 52Teas blends, I really don’t think I’ll try their honeybush blends anymore since my tastebuds recognize them as plain honeybush. Disappointing.


I have the same problem and it is always so frustrating because the blends sound so delicious and end up being blah.


Totally with you, VariaTEA. :( All of them do sound delicious, but I’ve been disappointed too many times, to be honest.


I stopped buying them a while back because I just didn’t want anymore 2 oz bags of honeybush lying around. Then when Frank changed the sizes I considered buying but just didn’t want to deal with the sadness

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83 tasting notes

Trying to backlog some today….This one I love love love. Maple is so delicious in tea. I love having this one in the evening when I am craving a sweet treat. (I have to say tea has definitely saved me some calories these days) Anyway I love Frank’s honeybush blends and this one is no exception. It is exactly what I have come to expect from him. If you let it cool just a little bit you really get the full maple longjohn flavor. Yum!

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