drank Organic Honey Bush by Tea & Trumpets
1376 tasting notes

Most Tuesdays for lunch, I take a walk across the street to the farmers market . There’s a killer Mexican food tent there serving up vibrant flavors reminiscent of Oaxaca with outstanding vegan tacos that light up all the tastebuds. And the quesabirria and the aguas frescas! I didn’t eat dinner tonight. I might be hungry.

Anyway, Tea & Trumpets also has a tent there. I first became acquainted with this Sonoma County tea merchant through some tea bags I pilfered from a good brunch spot called Dierk’s Parkside Cafe :P

None of this has anything to do with Honey Bush itself.

This time of year, I usually purchase some rooibos to get me through the coldest nights. Opted for honey bush this time, a relative of rooibos, which I’ve had on its own only once. It was a Numi teabag and entirely meh.

Full aroma — this stuff is fresh! Flavor is rich and sweet with a touch of tang, mineral. Tastes of black cherry, brown sugar and cedar with a smooth earthiness. It leaves the mouth feeling sweet, fruity and refreshed unlike Numi’s honey bush, which I recall leaving an annoying dry catch in the throat. I don’t think I’d recommend this to people who dislike rooibos as the profiles are very similar, but for me, this is a big step up from all but one unflavored rooibos I’ve tried. Glad I bought a bag :)

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cedar, Cherry, Earthy, Fruity, Mineral, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

Personal Rating Scale:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s pu’er, I likely think it needs more age.

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