I have fond memories of drinking flower teas at Chinese restaurants when we went out to eat, so I was happy to find some honeysuckle tea. This was a disappointment, and I’m not sure if it’s because the quality of the tea is just bad, or if my parents just doctored the pot with tons of sugar when I was a kid (possibly both).
I did not love this tea. First, when I opened the tin, the dried honeysuckle smelled almost moldy, which was an instant turn off. I sucked it up and steeped a couple pinches (hard to measure this tea) of the flower buds. The flavor was extremely light. It wasn’t unpleasant, thankfully – I wouldn’t have been surprised given the smell of the dried tea. But was just much lighter then I expected.
Thinking about it, the honeysuckle buds looked immature – they weren’t even close to fully opened, and I seem to remember the tea we used to drink having mature buds.