Maple Vanilla Honeybush from 52Teas

Maple-Vanilla-HoneybushTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

This week’s tea is a new blend of caffeine-free honeybush, vanilla bean pieces, marigold petals and organic vanilla and maple flavors. This is an awesome relaxing night-time blend.

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Taster’s Review:

I’m not generally all that excited about the honeybush blends from 52Teas.  I mean, I usually like them alright and some of them I enjoy quite a bit.  But when I read the announced flavor of the week and it happens to be a honeybush flavor, I can’t say that I’m all giddy about it.  But this one … this one I was excited about.  I love maple.  I love vanilla.  And the idea of maple and vanilla together with the naturally nut and honey notes of honeybush?  Yeah, that sounds pretty darned tasty!

And it is.  This is the perfect late-night snack when you want something yummy to satisfy that sweet tooth craving.  Sweet, creamy vanilla.  Nutty flavors from the honeybush.  The maple … mmm!  And there is a light honey-like note in the background that sort of melds with all these flavors.  This is deliciously, decadently sweet!

To brew this, I put 3 bamboo scoops of the tisane in the basket of my Breville One-Touch tea maker, and then added 500ml of freshly filtered water to the kettle.  The reason I added 1 extra scoop of tisane is that I generally do add a little extra leaf to honeybush and rooibos blends.  They tend to have a slightly thinner body and I feel that the little extra leaf really helps enhance the flavor.  I set the parameters for 10 minutes steep time at 195°F.

And like I said – yumminess!  This would make the ideal dessert substitute for someone who is looking to cut the calories and fat without losing out on the flavor of a delicious dessert.  This really does taste like an indulgent dessert.  Like vanilla bean ice cream that’s been topped with real maple syrup and a sprinkling of chopped nuts.

Because it has that decadent flavor, I think that this is best hot.  Sure, it still tastes good as it cools, but there’s something remarkably cozy about it when it’s served hot.  It’s like comfort food.  It’s like that big chunk of cake that you eat to coddle the broken heart after a break up, but it won’t keep you from fitting in that little black dress next weekend!

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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