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!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!