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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3134 tasting notes

So, to sipdown this tea from Azzrian as well, I definitely may have overleafed my cup a bit (2 tsp/8oz.), and it’s still pretty tasty. That’s four samples successfully knocked out of my stash tonight, and I suspect it will be more… once the raging party going on downstairs for my roomie’s birthday has migrated over to one of the bars downtown, and I can get food and tea refills without drunk people in my way…

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4847 tasting notes

As it is now after midnight, I decided to have something without caffeine. I don’t know that the caffeine in tea really affects me all that much with sleeping when I’m tired … but, I don’t like to push it too much. And besides, I have enough caffeine-free tisanes in my stash to keep me busy.

I’ve been eager to try this. YUM! When it’s piping hot, I find that the flavors are a little disjointed, like a deconstructed custard-filled maple long john rather than a very obvious taste. It’s not like “Oh, this is a maple donut” – it’s more like “I taste maple and cream and pastry and honeybush.” But after it cools for about five minutes, the flavors really come together and it becomes the custard-filled maple long john I’ve been craving since Frank announced this blend. Once it’s cold (In other words, the stuff that had cooled in my breville teapot as I was sipping on the hot cup), it tastes quite good too … the flavors actually seem to taste better once its cold BUT I prefer it hot because there’s just something very comforting about a hot cup of Custard-filled Maple Long John.

As I have been typing this as well as my full-length review for the SororiTea Sisters blog, I find myself wondering if Frank called it Custard-Filled Maple Long John because it’s a lot of characters to type.

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1220 tasting notes

Paper writing and exam studying has been suspended until Amanda reforms after melting into a puddle after having only 4 ounces of this tea.

When I opened the package, it really truly smelled like a donut. I don’t really like donuts but my boyfriend is obsessed with them, so if I have to eat one, I like maple glazed ones. But I have never had a maple one that’s filled. Now I don’t really want one because I don’t even have to eat one to get the idea.

This really tastes like it says. I was expecting it to really lack a donut taste, but it’s there. It’s just very subtle, but that’s kind of not surprising considering it’s so sweet, and the maple and custard flavors are pretty prominent.

It’s almost too sweet for me. But that isn’t going to stop me from drinking it all up.

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WANT. Want, want, WAAAAAANNNNT. I know you wrote this forever ago but I think you wrote on a note of mine recently that you might be interested in swapping? I’m so game, if you find something of mine you might want in return!

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6770 tasting notes

Tasty! Yes…not overly maple or creamy or anything but just tasty. It’s sweet – mostly from the Rooibos and a pinch of smoothness but not milky or creamy, per say. I do think I can tasty more of the ‘creaminess’ when cold brewed tho!

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1015 tasting notes

Alright, another awesome honeybush from Frank! I LOVE maple glazed donuts – so much it is almost pitiful. However, I really try not to eat them often. This is the perfect substitute for some hot donuts. I’m not noticing much of the custard flavor, but it is maple and pastry all the way. I’ve cold-brewed this and it is decent, but it shines hot with a bit of milk and sugar. Frank totally rocks the honeybush blends!

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807 tasting notes

This is nice. Its not as sweet as I had anticipated but I think I kind of like that. I get the custard flavor for sure, the maple is understated but again, I like that. Its a brighter tea than I had expected. I guess I was expecting something heavy, syrupy, but this is really quite a surprise and well balanced.
I have not tried adding sugar to it but I am drinking it while eating sugar cookies to which I highly recommend :)
Its yummy!

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I’m really looking forward to this one. :)


:) do you have yours yet?


I subscribe to the monthly subscription, so I get my teas at the end of the month each month.


Ah cool well something to look forward to! :)

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124 tasting notes

I didn’t really taste anything but the honeybush in here. This wasn’t bad by any stretch but for some reason I just didn’t taste any of the other flavors. I used a heaping teaspoon, but I’m thinking two would have been better.

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109 tasting notes

This is a backlog from days/weeks ago. I have mainly been doing one of two things recently: Either drinking my bagged teas, all of which so far I have reviewed, or, unfortunately, drinking no tea at all. I just always forget, or don’t feel in the mood for tea, or any beverage. Or even food. I’m just lazy. :P

But I DID drink this tea! I am just winging it on the steeping time. I don’t remember what I put it as. Sorry.

Taste: Simple and quick. It was a bit too sweet/mapley for me, but I could drink it occasionally, and I’ll be able to finish what I have. Personally though, it was just…not my thing. My reviews are sucking now. Great. I need to drink more of my tea.

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863 tasting notes

I’ve been wanting to try this forever and thanks to a swap with momo I am lucky enough to be able to! Thank you so much for this!

Okay, I love love LOVE doughnuts, but I’d never heard of a long john before – maybe it’s more of a Northern/MidWestern thing? Anyway, custard filled doughnuts are my favorite, and I like maple flavoring, so I figured there was no way this wouldn’t be awesome.

Steep notes: 3 tsp. leaf, 500 ml. water in the Breville, below parameters.

The dry leaf reminds me of a combination of DAVIDsTEA’s Oh Canada! and Frank’s Coconut cheesecake honeybush. So more honeybush/maple notes than doughnut so far. The first sip is ALL maple. Definitely Oh Canada! – right down to the cloying sweetness-without-being-sweet on your tongue. It almost seems to leave a residue behind on your tongue, too…not too fond of that. The steeped smell is predominately honeybush…so again, almost saccharine sweet.

Maybe it’s the fact that this is an older blend of Frank’s, or that its too hot to pick out anything but the strongest flavors, but I’m not getting much pastry from this. I’ll wait til it cools and see if that helps….

Nope. Still no doughnuts. Guess I’ll try adding milk and see if that helps.

Weird – the milk actually kind of made it seem thinner in texture, but I think I might get a tiny hint of pastry now? Something cakey just barely peeking through the maple. Yep, there it is!

Okay, that’s phase one for this blend – I think I’ll give this a shot latte style, though without sugar because it would definitely be waaay too sweet that way. I think it would improve texture to steep some of the leaf in the milk rather than adding it later. Then after that I’ll give it a shot iced.

I’m also thinking more doughnut teas would be awesome. Maybe like a chocolate eclair? OMG someone should totally try that!

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Every time I have this it just gets better and better. This is one of my absolute favorite evening blends. It’s such a guilt free- I’ve had a long day and I need something sweet as a pick me up- tea. I’m upping the score on this one because I really do love it that much and I’m going to be heartbroken when it’s gone…

Do I love honeybush? I’m thinking I might because every honeybush tea I’ve tried so far has been a real hit. Hmmm…something I’ll need to continue investigating…

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