Leaf Type: Honeybush
Where to Buy: The Tea Smith
A unique herb from South Africa, honey bush is slightly sweet and reminiscent of a baked dessert. It’s a great way to cheat on your diet!
Learn more about this tisane here.
I’ll be honest, when I opened this month’s Steepster Select box, I was a little disappointed. Maybe even a lot disappointed.
Inside, there was a package of pure Guayusa, and a package of pure Honey Bush (which is what I’m reviewing right now). Really? Really??? The only package that seemed to be somewhat redeeming in this themed collection – called “New Frontiers” – from Steepster was the Hawaiian-Grown green tea. But even that didn’t really seem worth the $19 bucks a month that this subscription costs.
I mean, okay… I like Guayusa. And I even like honey bush. But in the case of these two leaf types, I find them to be much more enjoyable as flavored tisanes or as part of a blend … especially honey bush. It’s tasty enough as a pure tisane, but, it’s kind of just boring. Not all that exciting.
This is basically what I expect from a honey bush: lightly sweet with nutty tones and a background of wood-like flavor. I find that I notice more of the natural nutty tones and woody notes when it is unflavored, but, that’s not necessarily a good thing. I find that the toasty nut flavor is enjoyable, but, the wood tones can be a bit on the sour side, especially if you steep it for a long period of time.
Fortunately, I didn’t steep it too long, so, I find myself actually enjoying this nutty, honey-sweet tisane, even though I do find myself wishing that there was a little more to this month’s “New Frontiers” box. I do appreciate that it is an organic honey bush, as I find that there is a distinct difference in flavor between organic and conventionally grown honey bush (as well as rooibos). It’s enjoyable, but, just a little ho-hum.