drank Honeysuckle by Unknown
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From TTB 2019/2020.

I had no idea that honeysuckle is so good for you! I read up on it a bit to figure out the best way to steep it, and apparently it has all sorts of health benefits. We used to pick honeysuckle flowers all the time as kids, but I don’t see them much anymore. I think my dad may have one in the woods near his house. I’ll have to look next time I’m there to see if I might pick and dry a few.

The flavor is not anything like I expected. I expected sweet and nectar-like, like I have experienced in the past with the fresh flowers. This is vegetal. In fact, it smells exactly like lima beans after steeping. The taste is bitter and also dusty. Just completely different than anything else I’ve tasted!

I’m certainly glad I was able to try this and also learn that honeysuckle can be steeped as a tisane. I’ll be interested to see if other companies might have honeysuckle that tastes different. Teasenz has one that looks really beautiful. I wouldn’t mind trying that one.

Flavors: Bitter, Dust, Lima Beans, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, bergamot, chai spices, cinnamon, cream, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, stone fruits, coconut, valerian root

Not a fan
Lime, white teas (someone tell me what I’m doing wrong with these!), most green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice

I’m open to tea swaps! Just reach out if you see something I have that you want to try.

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1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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