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My partner brought this back for me on a recent trip to New Zealand. I had to look up what Feijoa is… pineapple guava! Not a flavor I’ve encountered in tea. It also has manuka leaf aka tea tree in in. It’s a bright floral fruity mix. It’s well rounded, tastes good plain and has a nice finish with a strong floral taste. I’m unable to describe the flavors because I have nothing to compare it to. I’m really kinda liking it! I bet it would be amazing iced!
My mother in law bought me this tea while she was in New Calendonia last year. What makes this chai unique is its use of native New Zealand horopito pepper.
Turns out, this moderate spicy chai has some heat! The more so sip, the hotter it gets! But the heat doesn’t linger, so it is a friendly heat. Plenty of cinnamon, cloves and ginger, so it has a cider vibe to it. The honeybush is woodsy, but also has a wateryness.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kerikeri-tea-honeybush-chai-tea-review/
My roomie picked up some of this while she was living in New Zealand – apparently feijoa is a pretty popular fruit over there? It’s a bit of a weird flavour – we had it in some drinks and chocolates over there while I was visiting her. It’s a bit floral-fruity and definitely has that “exotic” fruit flavour (i.e. not a flavour that’s familiar). It could be misconstrued as overripe too, I believe.
Anyhow, the tea! It’s actually a reasonably accurate representation of what I know to be feijoa flavour (although admittedly I didn’t have the actual fruit, so I could be wrong) – the aroma is fruity, sweet, and almost fig-like, and the flavour is very similar, although not quite as intense as the aroma. The green honey bush works well here – unobtrusive, and no throat scratchiness. Overall, not a flavour I overly care for, but I think it’s a well-done tea. Withholding a rating; personally it’s probably in the 40s as I don’t really want much more, but if one likes feijoa, it’s probably 80+.
I wouldn’t have picked this combination to work, but it really does! The spearmint shines through, with the manuka giving it a medium body with an underlying sweetness.
Both a refreshing and comforting cup, kind of like jumping in a swimming pool and getting hugged in a blanket.
This honeybush chai was quite a delight; smooth, sweet with a hint of peppery cinnamon. The addition of horopito pepper puts a kiwi twist on the usual blend of chai spices too, I really wish more NZ tea companies would use native plants.
And normally I love any excuse for a milky tea, but I ended up drinking this plain because I was too impatient to let brew it any longer. Though I do imagine it would be lovely with milk if you doubled the steeping time.
I might even prefer this over the rooibos Red Baron Chai… perhaps this can be Honeybush Viscount Chai?
Malty, mellow and smooth – and that is before adding any milk! I don’t find this tea particularily strong, certainly not the strength needed for a good ass-kicking at 9am on the first day back at work after a disjointed 3 day weekend. Adding milk (trim of course) lessens the strength but brings out a hint of that delightful honey taste found in my favourite Assams. More of a late morning or early afternoon tea really… Bay Of Islands Brunch?
I’ve been a fan of Kerikeri’s earl grey for a while, but only recently found a stockist handy to me – Esquires coffee shops of all places! Its basically a cruddy NZ version of Starbucks, so I’m amazed that you are able to buy decent loose leaf from them.
I picked up an EPIC size cup of this earlier and drank it black – its definitely my favourite earl grey after Excelsior! Really smooth and light, with a good citrusy bergamot kick. I can’t wait to try their other blends :D