Tea of the Week for September 18, 2017: Is it Autumn Yet? (Honeybush/Rooibos Blend)
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Tea Description: If the name of this tea doesn't give it away, my inspiration behind this blend was Autumn - or more specifically - getting summer over with already so we could start enjoying the cooler days of Autumn. Those who have read my reviews of the past are probably aware that Autumn is my favorite season -- I love the colors of autumn (I'm an artist so I find myself very inspired by colors) and I also love the drop in temperature and the fact that hot tea tastes so much better when it's cooler outside. I mean, seriously? What's not to love about Autumn?
It's my opinion that both honeybush and rooibos tend to be an autumnal type of herb, especially the oxidized versions of both which is what I utilized in this blend. I combined the two and added two of the fruits that I consider 'autumnal' fruits: pear and apple. Finally, no blend celebrating autumn would be complete with a touch of spice, amirite? So I added some cinnamon, ginger, freshly shaved nutmeg, cardamom (I crushed some of those pods to help release the flavor) and allspice (again, I crushed some of the allspice berries to release the flavor).
And there you have it! I was going for a chai-like approach to this but also something that would celebrate the flavors of pear and apple. This is really tasty!
organic ingredients: honeybush, rooibos, ginger, cinnamon, apples, pears, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg & natural flavors
Ah - this is nice!
It has a nice, warm spice to it - I detect ginger and cinnamon primarily, but I also get notes of the cardamom, allspice and just a hint of the nutmeg in the background - and those spices play nicely with the fruit flavors of pear and apple. As I continue to sip, I can feel the ginger slowly warming my throat - but it's a gentle, soothing warmth.
When I drink it hot, it reminds me a lot of hot apple cider but I also get pear too, so I guess it would be a hot apple-pear cider, even though I've never actually had such a beverage. It would be quite nice though, wouldn't it? Maybe the next time I'm making apple cider, I might have to add some pear nectar.
To be honest, I didn't really think of 'apple cider' or even 'apple-pear cider' when I came up with the idea for this tea - really, the only thing I was thinking is that I'm really sick of summer and ready for some cool weather already. (Keep in mind that I blended this during the hottest days of August.) But now that I'm tasting it, I am really enjoying this unplanned apple-pear cider!
Sweet, comforting, and oh-so-lovely!
to brew: Start by gently shaking the pouch to redistribute the ingredients. Then measure out 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 195°F) and allow to steep for 8 minutes. You can steep longer if you want, there's very few tannins in honeybush and rooibos so you don't have to worry about bitterness from oversteeping.
Strain and allow the cup to cool for at least 5 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Enjoy!