|"A slightly spicy, satisfying cup, reminiscent of tangerines, cardamom and cinnamon. "|
The directions recommend to steep the tea between 3 to 5 minutes. I let it infuse for 4 minutes, aiming for an average impression. The tea steeps to a deep rusty red, not unlike the colour of infusions made with the honeybush's cousin, Rooibos. The smell of the tisane is slightly sweet and astringent, reminiscent of tangerines, cardamom and cinnamon. Tasting it, I am reminded of Rooibos, but with a less metallic taste and a more delicate finish. It is very smooth, with a woodsy flavour that is slightly sour around the edges, as though a spray of citrus fruits, oriental spices and a faint caramel taste had been all blended into one. Although it's not down right delicious, it is definitely satisfying. The only drawbacks are a slight medicinal undertone and a certain flatness to the flavour. However an 8 minute steep seems to remedy the latter, intensifying the tanginess of the standard infusion.
The most impressive thing about this tisane is it's texture, which has a pleasant, lingering creamy thickness to it. This comes as a surprise: often herbal teas seem very watery to me. Overall, the mixture produces a very mellow tasting brew, which is strangely not at all weak in taste. It provides a very satisfying experience if one is looking for a soothing yet full bodied herbal tea, perfect for a relaxing evening cup.
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