Review: Teas Etc. Lemon Honeybush

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Thumbs up!"A yummy blend of lemon myrtle, lemon grass, and sweet African honeybush. Perfect for what ails you - if that includes a sore throat, especially."
Dan’s Teaview: 8.5/10
Other Teaviews: Joe gave it 4/10, Laura gave it 7.5/10, Vanessa gave it 7.5/10
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teasetclemonhoneybushTeas Etc. uses 100% natural ingredients in this blend: Honeybush tea, lemon grass, and lemon myrtle are the only 3 ingredients within, and all are certified organic by the QCS for the USDA (interesting side note: oddly enough, QCS (Quality Certification Services) is an organization that offers organic certification accredited by the USDA, and they are located right here in my li'l hometown of Gainesville, Florida! Learn something new every day...)

The dried blend is quite lovely, and offers a beautiful, natural lemon aroma - not overpowering or chemical, but just naturally refreshing. The mixture is well-blended, particles sized just-right, and appropriately apportioned. This is a fun tea to watch while brewing - the effect of an uber-gentle snowfall takes place in the cup, with the tea's particles lightly drifting downward to the bottom of the cup for the duration of the infusion cycle.

On first cupping, I decided to go with a full strength brew for 5 minutes with freshly just-boiled water, per the purveyor's recommendation (they actually recommend 4-5 minutes, so I went for the full 5). Having gone on a hiatus from rooibos and honeybush teas for the last few months (after completely gorging on them for the prior few months), it was like welcoming an old friend. That familiar, soothing taste and texture in my mouth was comforting. The lemon grass here adds a nice dimension which contrasts the natural sweetness, and marries well with the other flavors. The lemon myrtle provides an optimal amount of lemon flavor without being extreme in saturation of the tea, and without that factory-produced fake lemon taste. Just all good natural ingredients that all work together beautifully.

I also tried a subsequent cupping at 4 minutes, with slightly cooler water just to see how it would pan out for contrast. This cup was equally satisfying, if not more so, and in fact seems quite a bit sweeter than the first. Initial reactions would seems to indicate that a shorter steeping (and perhaps cooler water) would extract more of the honeybush flavor, while a longer, hotter infusion would bring out more of the lemon myrtle (and lemon grass) flavoring.

Another item of note: I sampled this tea upon waking up with a dreadful sore throat and general feeling of malaise. This tea brightened up my morning all the while as it coated my mouth and throat. The perfect remedy to keep me functional. Extra kudos to Teas Etc. for sending me a "sample" that was large enough to serve a small village, too.

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