this is my current favorite tea (herbal tisane)…the vanilla is so nice, such a light taste and lovely smell. i love it as a nighttime tea because its so soothing.
“I had the last of this tea last night. I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t order from Teavana again when there are so many wonderful tea companies out there. It just felt wrong, knowing what I know...” Read full tasting note
“This is hard to review… I generally don’t love honeybush, there is something floral almost soapy in the aftertaste that makes me generally avoid them. On the other hand, I am obsessed with vanilla…...” Read full tasting note
“Ninavampi sent this to me, and I’m certain I’ve tried it hot at some point, but as it doesn’t appear that I wrote about it at the time, I honestly can’t remember what I thought of it. I can’t have...” Read full tasting note
“This came as a Christmas gift from my brother with 3 other Teavana teas, I am tempted to tell him I don’t need any more tea but it’s hard to pass up tea gifts, isn’t it? I’m not a big expert on...” Read full tasting note
Smooth and rich honey-vanilla infusion
Indulge in dessert-inspired sweetness that brings out the wild honeybush and tames it into a creamy confection. The South African honeybush is grown in the wild and carries soft, clear honey tones when it’s blended with sweet vanilla beans. The result is a smooth, warm and friendly, creamy dessert tisane.
Ingredients: Honeybush, artificial flavoring, vanilla pieces, marigold petals
How To Steep
3 Perfectea Scoops – Scoop loose leaf tea into infuser.
205°F – Heat fresh (preferably filtered) water.
8 fl oz – Pour water over sachet in cup.
5 min – Stay close to this steep time for optimal flavor.
Blends Well With
Golden Monkey Black Tea
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This mixes well with literally everything. It’s fabulous on its own but is also great with my Adagio Chocolate and Hazelnut teas. I think this is just a good all around base for flavored teas and it cuts down on the caffeine in your cup if that’s something you’re looking for.
I just ordered a bunch of flavored teas from Adagio and I think I will be mixing them with this a ton. It’s about $4.80 per 2oz, which is good for Teavana but I think I can find it cheaper elsewhere for the same quality or better.
If you’re a Teavana fan, put this in your cupboard, you’ll use it!
There is a lovely woman who goes to a three-day camping event that I attend every year, puts up a canvas wall tent, and sells iced teas of 7 or 8 different types. I like a lot of what she brings; she obviously knows her tea and knows how to brew it and keep it tasting good in the plastic dispensers. Also it’s usually hot as hell and just about any drink tastes good when you need it that much.
But the one I keep coming back to is her honeybush tea, and now—ta da!—I think I’ve found it! (Or rather, my friend Sarah found it for me, and gifted me with it today, along with other yummy stuff in a gift bag. I adore Sarah!) I can’t recall if “The Tea Lady” at my camping event uses vanilla honeybush or just honeybush. But I know she sweetens it slightly, and it’s just perfect on a hot day.
Having just discussed happy memories of iced honeybush, here I am drinking it hot. It is January 1st in Wisconsin, after all. It’s a lovely surprise to find it’s good hot too! I have a spoonful or two of Teavana’s sugar crystals in it, and (because I’m kind of a sugar fiend) it is really tasty, but I tasted it before sugaring it and it was very good that way too: smooth, sweetish, slightly woody. The pre-brewing leaf seems to have a lot of woody-looking bits in it too, more than I remember seeing in other honeybush teas, but then maybe I wasn’t paying attention.
I can say that the honeybush teas I’ve tried in pursuit of the lovely, sweet, resinous taste I get in that wonderful Tea Lady’s iced tea, have been a disappointment. This one: not a bit. Can’t wait to try it iced when springtime comes!
Made 16oz with 2 teaspoons of tea to share with my boyfriend. It was alright, but very sweet. I’ll have to try it without honey or blended with something else to offset its sweetness (maybe peppermint?) or maybe make it weaker. For now, though, this stays at my boyfriend’s house.
Having read terrible things about Teavana and their safety/quality control practices (particularly regarding carcinogenic pesticides in their tea leaves: read more here http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/21/do-you-know-whats-really-in-your-tea/), I’m not happy that this tea is made by Teavana. However, that is this delicious tea’s only negative point.
I find it wonderfully tasty, sweet on its own without having to add honey (I don’t always take honey with my tea, but this one is perfectly honeyed without adding any honey to it myself…quite delightful). I love vanilla, and this is a harmonious medley of the two. The honey is dominant, to be sure, but I don’t consider that to be a disappointment. It tastes great just the way it is.
Something about this tea is wonderfully comforting to me. It’s like a warm, soft blanket, as you’re curled up before the fireplace, with a warm glow from the fire washing over you. It is definitely one of my favorites. I like to drink it when I’m stressed, to help me unwind.
I saw that several people were trying to mix their own version of this tea using teas from companies other than Teavana. If anyone has had success, I’d like to hear about it. I’m going to try this myself with some tea companies recommended by the Food Babe for the safety and purity of their teas (Numi, Traditional Medicinals, and Rishi Tea).
Probably one of the best things I’ve ever tasted, honestly.
That honey taste is unbelievable, especially to me because I tend not to care much for honey or honey flavor.
Barely needs any sugar (again, notable for me, I’m known to oversugar stuff occasionally), makes a beautiful deep red color, and tastes unbelievably good with a lovely, sweet aftertaste. Just finished up my jar of it yesterday and I’m still lamenting it a bit.