Champagne Cider Honeybush Blend from Butiki Teas

Champagne-CiderTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Tisane Description:

A champagne cider cocktail for the day after the holiday party. Apple is the undercurrent of this fantastic flavour combination that really does taste like champagne. Add in spiced apples, hints of orange and a touch of natural sweetness and you get this incredibly unique tea. 

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Taster’s Review:

This Champagne Cider Honeybush Blend from Butiki Teas is really delicious.  Of course, I certainly didn’t doubt that it would be, given the success that I’ve had with Butiki Teas’ blends.  Stacy at Butiki Teas knows what she’s doing – she’s brilliant!

I don’t know that I’m tasting a lot of champagne here, but I can definitely smell the champagne in both the dry leaf and the brewed tisane.  The flavor of the champagne is a little more difficult to discern, but I do pick up on the champagne-like taste when I slurp to aerate the liquid as I take a sip.

But I do taste the fruit!  The orange, which can sometimes be an overly-prominent flavor in a tea or tisane, is instead a subtle note here.  The apple is sweet and equally matched with the level of orange flavor.  These fruit notes are softer flavors to mimic a “mulled” champagne cider.

And then we have the spices.  The spices are also on the subtle side.  I taste the notes of cinnamon and clove, but neither is overpowering the cup.  Everything stays nicely balanced, even the cinnamon which can often be a selfish spice and take over.  It doesn’t do that here, it stays gently warm … softly spiced.

I’m not typically all that excited about tisanes.  That is to say, I’d rather drink a camellia sinensis tea than an herbal tisane like this honeybush blend.  But, I do like this quite a bit.  Butiki Teas really knocked this one out of the park!

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Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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