Review: Local Coffee + Tea Chocolate Honeybush

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Thumbs up!"The tea is smooth and just the slightest bit creamy, with a wonderfully sweet and nutty aftertaste. I have not had many flavored honeybush teas, but this one is without doubt the tastiest one that I have sampled so far."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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LocalcoffechocolatehoneybushHoneybush is the less familiar caffeine-free beverage that hails from South Africa. While many similarities exist between honeybush and its more popular counterpart, rooibos, I do believe that the two have distinct differences. I have no intention of writing an essay comparing/contrasting the two, so I will just get on with reviewing the tea of the day: Chocolate Honeybush from Local Coffee + Tea. The dry blend consists of large pieces that resemble small wood chips. In addition to the honeybush leaves, chocolate, yogurt and caramel were added to the blend. I also noted some flower petals which prettied up the appearance. This tea smells heavenly- very sweet and chocolatey, with a hint of caramel. This smells like a calorie-laden dessert, but comes without the calories (and guilt). The brewed beverage is quite tasty and is impressive in that even though the chocolate and caramel notes are detectable, they do not mask the natural flavor of the honeybush. Sometimes the addition of flavors is taken too far so as to completely overpower the tea base, but in this case, I could still easily taste that sweet and somewhat nutty honeybush flavor. The chocolate and caramel flavors combine to produce a tea that tastes very similar to a chocolate Tootsie Pop. The tea is smooth and just the slightest bit creamy, with a wonderfully sweet and nutty aftertaste. The tea tends towards being light-bodied, which I found to be a good thing; even though caramel and chocolate can be heavy flavors, this tea maintains a nice balance and avoids being too heavy. I would imagine that infusing the leaves for longer would provide for a somewhat heavier-bodied brew for those that prefer it. I enjoyed this tea hot and, surprisingly, even more so as an iced tea. Thanks to the honeybush, chocolate and caramel, this tea contains enough sweetness for me, but hardcore sugar addicts may enjoy adding a teaspoon of sugar. This tea is ideal as a dessert tea, but it is also something that can be consumed at any time of day. I have not had many flavored honeybush teas, but this one is without doubt the tastiest one that I have sampled to date.

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