Leaf Type: Honeybush
Where to Buy: 52Teas
So every year at about this time, I start to get upset that I didn’t get more eggnog while it was in the stores. Please tell me: why on earth do they only carry eggnog just before Christmas? I would really like to know. It’s too delicious not to be able to get it at other times.
So, this is not the same at all, but it’s a pretty darn good substitution if you ask me. I’ve blended our caffeine-free honeybush with cinnamon chips and some amazing organic eggnog flavors, even a bit of bourbon and brandy flavors tossed in for good measure.
Learn more about this tisane here.
When this Eggnog Honeybush Blend was announced as the “Tea of the Week” for January 13, I found myself thinking that honeybush would be the perfect base for eggnog flavors. The sweet, nutty notes of honeybush would marry nicely with the creamy, custard-y notes of eggnog.
And this is pretty good! Freshly poured and piping hot, the flavors are kind of muddled, but, after a few minutes of cooling time, I found the flavors really popped. I can now taste creamy vanilla notes, and an egg-y, custard-y sort of flavor that is really yummy.
The honeybush is indeed the right pairing for the eggnog flavors. The natural flavors and sweetness of the honeybush work well with the flavors of eggnog as well as the bourbon and brandy notes. The flavor of the “spirits” here aren’t too strong, tasting as though just a drizzle of booze was added to my glass of eggnog (or perhaps I should say my cup of warm eggnog!)
I am glad that the cinnamon notes here are subtle. Too much cinnamon and this would have lost it’s “eggnog-y” taste, I think. However, as I read the above description, I couldn’t help but think that it would be even better with nutmeg. Nutmeg is my favorite spice, and I add it to almost everything. And on the very rare occasion that I do have a glass of eggnog (very rare – we’re talking less than once a year – probably closer to once every three years) I always take out a nutmeg nut and grind some fresh nutmeg on top of my eggnog.
So, just to satisfy my own palate because I think it might have been missing the nutmeg, I poured myself a second cup of this Eggnog Honeybush and shaved a little bit of fresh nutmeg over my cup and stirred it and then added a splash of almond milk to the cup. YUM! This is the way to serve this tisane. It’s so good!
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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