Leaf Type: Honeybush
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Here is the tea I wanted to create for Thanksgiving, and was then going to include in the 12 Teas of Christmas Sampler. It took me some time to perfect it, but I hope that while it might not be as seasonal as releasing it for Thanksgiving, you will all still find it delicious. Here then, is our Caffeine-free African Honeybush blended with real dried sweet potato bits, cinnamon and natural flavors. ENJOY!
Even though 52Teas is one of my favorite tea companies (definitely in the top three!) I was kind of uncertain about whether or not I would order and try this tisane.
I love sweet potato, but, my experience with sweet potato pie is limited. I have tried fewer than a handful of sweet potato pie flavored teas, and only one sweet potato pie. Unfortunately, though, that one sweet potato pie was horrible. I mean… it was just plain inedible.
But that’s the fault with the baker who decided that the niche he was going to fill was the need for sugar-free/unsweetened sweet potato pies, and I am sorry to say that while the idea may be good … and in someone else’s hands with someone else’s recipe, an unsweetened sweet potato pie might be really tasty. But, in the hands of this particular baker – not so much.
But I’m getting side-tracked. This horrible sweet potato pie incident has nothing to do with 52Teas so I decided I’d give this tisane a chance.
And I’m glad I did. This is really tasty! The aroma is well-spiced, heavy on the cinnamon and ginger. But it tastes neither too cinnamon-y nor too ginger-y. Rather, the spices are more of an accompaniment to the stronger flavor of the sweet potato. In fact, this tastes a bit like the mashed sweet potatoes that I make for Thanksgiving.
I can also taste a hint of buttery pastry to this and that is what really makes this tea for me. Even though it is a faint taste, it is so yummy and it keeps me sipping the tea just so that I can experience the flavor of the buttery crust.
This is yet another delicious tisane from 52Teas. I am very satisfied with it and glad I tried it. I do recommend adding just a little sweetener to this to bring out some of the flavors. I used a tiny drizzle of agave nectar and it tasted good, but I think next time, I’ll try a little bit of brown sugar … I think it will be even better!
If the sweet potato pie that I mentioned at the start of this review tasted anything like this, it would have been a winner!