Honeybush (Bushmen's Brew) - Organic

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Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Region:South Africa
Product page:Honeybush (Bushmen's Brew)

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 16, 2018

Commercial Description

From South Africa, our organic Honeybush is a flowering shrub that yields a rich earthy brew with sweet honey overtones. This secret healer is rich in antioxidants.

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Reviewer pic84 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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Pulling this bag out at random from the continuing multi-chapter saga that is the Numi variety pack, I recognized the name right away from having consumed Trader Joe's rooibos+honeybush tea. The teas I've tried from the variety pack so far have been either disappointingly lame or very good. This falls into the latter bin. I haven't had pure honeybush before, and came away impressed.

Two things now are readily apparent:
1. The TJ tea is mostly rooibos, through simple process of elimination. That's because their blend tastes mostly like other rooiboses (sp?) I've had, and this pure honeybush here from Numi—both in dry form and brewed in-cup—is much darker, different-smelling and different-tasting, with a good deal more body.
2. I've come to like plain (unflavored) rooibos a little, despite its initially offputting, broom-like, haystraw smell and taste; yet after just one bag, I now prefer honeybush a great deal more.

The honeybush tea turns a deep, slightly red-tinted brown color almost immediately, and the flavor is not as grassy or earthy as rooibos. Instead it offers a surprisingly and strongly fruity taste—reminding me of a fruit-flavored black tea without the bitterness. What fruit(s)? The closest approximation I reckon is some blend of prune plums and raisins...probably some other lesser components too. It tastes very faintly like Dr Pepper, which is my favorite carbonated drink by light years. However, I doubt the Waco pharmacist who invented Dr Pepper in 1883 included honeybush as one of his 23 flavors.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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This actually reminded me a lot of black tea, which was surprising. I actually tasted a little bitterness, though I'm not sure where that came from as there is no caffeine in this tea.

If a caffeine free latte sounds good to you, this tea is pretty solid. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it wasn't bad.

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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
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If it weren't for the honey I used to sweeten this tea, it would taste like hot leaves. Literally all you are buying is mildly-honey-flavored leaves.
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Reviewer pic93 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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I tried this one evening since it is a caffeine-free Numi option. It is not a true tea, but a tisane of a shrub variety related to rooibos. Now I really love rooibos, but this, to me, was even better, and I am definitely going to buy more, I liked it that much!

Here is a robust, comforting, and revitalizing liquor that heightens the senses, transporting you to a distant Arabian open market, with the hot dessert winds intermingling the fragrances of frankincense, sandalwood, and aromatic tobaccos billowing through handmade textiles and organic linens.

I was able to get three successful infusions from one tea bag, and it is excellent with nothing added. Exquisitely exotic and mystifying. Would pair well with coconut curries, thick beef stews, warm quick breads, and delectable desserts... or simply all by itself! I highly recommend this if you enjoy rooibos.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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This tea has an ineffable something I find difficult to articulate. Blossomy, subtly sweet, yet complex in flavor. Would love to drink more.
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