Leaf Type: Honeybush & Rooibos
Where to Buy: Tea Forté
A double delight of sweet apricot and juicy peach with nuanced notes of almond, artfully evoking Saronno, Italy, the birthplace of amaretto. Your purchase helps protect fragile ecosystems.
Recently, I was asked to review the newest collection of herbal teas from Tea Forté, called Herbal Retreat. This blend is one of those herbal teas, and so far, I think it’s my favorite.
There is a really nice balance of flavors between the honeybush and rooibos. I can taste the nutty flavors that accent the almond flavor of the amaretto well without tasting the weird sweet taste of the rooibos. A sweet honey-esque tone in the background from the honeybush.
But what I taste more than anything is the apricot! It is sweet and tastes like a fresh, juicy apricot. It’s very nectar-like. There are hints of peach as well as almond, but the apricot is definitely the main event in this cup. It is smooth and sweet and delicious. And it’s naturally caffeine free, so it’s great for a late-night treat.
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!
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