African Summer

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Herbal Honeybush Blend
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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The beguilingly hot climate of the African Serengeti serves as the inspiration for African Summer tea, with its unique combination of herbs that are known for their healing and nourishing properties. Its main ingredient is honey bush-which is related to rooibos-and additional vitamins and minerals are provided by eucalyptus, hibiscus, safflower, and marigolds. African Summer also contains citrus and rosehips that help boost your immune system.

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First of all I want to say that this tea is BEAUTIFUL! Both in color and smell. It brews up a gorgeous reddish pink color. It’s so pretty it makes me wish I had a clear mug to admire it in (specifically the clear perfect glass mug from David’s Tea – the one with the tree on it). I am in love with the smell this tea gives off. It’s very lemony which is awesome for me because I absolutely love lemons! I even like to eat them raw by themselves =)

I think the name African Summer really fits this tea. I’m picturing a red sunset over dry African plains…maybe there’s a zebra lingering somewhere in the distance…

I like that this tea is naturally sweet and tarty. The lemon isn’t too overpowering and neither is the hibiscus. They are in perfect harmony with eachother. I can definitely see myself reaching for some of this on a cold winter day when I need a little warmth. It would also be a great go to during cold/flu season. I think I’m going to have to order some more of this!

I’m really very happy with this tea. I can’t wait to try it iced! Mmmm…fabulous African Summer!! So glad I tried this.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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1473 tasting notes

I am pleasantly surprised by this tea! I woke up not knowing what tea I wanted, but I knew to stay away from blacks right now, astringency will only make my throat worse. When I don’t know what I want, I push myself to try some of the new teas I have that I haven’t tried yet. This was a sample in my most recent Red Leaf Teas order (the first of many, I assure you). I dumped the whole sample into my tea-for-one set (that actually makes enough to fill the base cup twice) and let it go for five minutes. After four minutes and 58 seconds, I realized it had hibiscus in it and quickly pulled it out.

Good news, everybody! The hibiscus isn’t overwhelming at all! It blends nicely with the other ingredients, though I can still taste it. This tea is helping my dry throat immensely.

That all being said, this is not a tea I would order. It’s a bit like Celestial Seasonings’ Red Zinger, but without the hibiscus being as overly harsh. But that comparison is enough to keep me away from it. It’s not a flavor I enjoy, but it is a good cup of tea for those who like such things.

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6768 tasting notes

Smells like Cologne with a hint of fruit.
I was afraid of the ingredient mixture – mostly with the Hibiscus – esp with my more recently H-cus attempts…lol…but this is lovely!
I am enjoying it!

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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