Walter Bishop Honeybush

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 337 ml

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  • “Tea for ending the evening in a very long wonderful day. We managed to pick up a watch for both myself and my other half today (we’ve both been without for 1/2 years); found my wedding band -yay...” Read full tasting note
  • “Hooray! my 200th tasting note! I don’t know who this Walter Bishop character is, but this honeybush is darn delicious! I got this as part of the 52teas order I received yesterday. I was so excited...” Read full tasting note
  • “So I’ve tried this tea a few times and liked it but didn’t love it. I thought that maybe it was time to go a little mad scientist on this blend! I mean, of any tea to experiment with this has got...” Read full tasting note
  • “FIRST! haha sorry that was really immature but then Walter was not always mature now was he. Love that character and so sad to see him gone. First nonetheless – ah the benefits of being in the...” Read full tasting note

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I’m pretty sure this is the latest I have EVER posted a Tea of the Week in the almost four and a half years I’ve been doing this. (Has it really been that long?)

The last few weeks have been filled with challenges. My label printer bit the dust, as did my workstation office computer with my point-of-sale software and history on it–I’m pretty sure a power surge took out both of them and my groovy Internet radio sad-face. Anyway, all of this happened at the same time I had been planning to upgrade the shopping cart, and of course nothing about upgrading the shopping cart went smoothly (and I’m STILL working on that). Then I managed to source a new label printer through one of my barter network partners (Yay for barter!). The new printer is an enormous industrial printer and it should serve us well for many years to come. So, getting the new printer meant arranging freight shipping and actually moving into an adjacent office space which had more room (It’s a BIG printer). Then I had to figure out how to get the six foot long, 400lb machine up a flight of stairs to my office space. In the middle of all of this, the stress of everything gave me a bit of a panic attack and I wound up in my doctor’s office with a heart-rate of 174. I’ve been trying to take it easy and still get some things accomplished, but I’m afraid I am seriously behind in a lot of areas right now. If you placed an order in the last couple of weeks, I sincerely apologize. We should be getting caught up starting Monday.

I guess it’s a little ironic, with all of this stress that this week’s blend is an homage to the most stress-free character I’ve ever seen. If you are not familiar with strawberry-milkshake-drinking, red-licorice-chewing Walter Bishop, you have been missing out on a great science fiction show. Personally, I think Fringe jumped the shark shortly after it started. I thought they had a great opportunity to have a new show like the X-Files, but in my opinion, they squandered it by focusing entirely on one very convoluted story arc. Having said that, we have several customers who are fans, and our friend LiberTEAs actually approached me about a Fringe-themed blend some time back. So here we have it. Caffeine-free (because I really don’t think Walter Bishop needs caffeine) honeybush blended with real freeze-dried strawberries and organic flavors. This is a delicious treat. I can totally imagine Walter sipping and enjoying it, with or without mind-altering substances added to it.

As with all of our tribute teas, I’m asking intellectual property rights owners to please not sue us, or at the very least, make it a very public lawsuit that will bring us lots more customers–and you know, not end up costing us anything.

Our Tea of the Week for the week of January 14th, 2013

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Tea for ending the evening in a very long wonderful day. We managed to pick up a watch for both myself and my other half today (we’ve both been without for 1/2 years); found my wedding band -yay for it sitting in a drawer for a year lol AND we preordered the jungle book on blu ray because…well it’s my other half’s favourite movie from his childhood.

Bed soon to rest up as we’re going to try and hit the farmer’s market tomorrow for a day of being outside. and next week…next week we hit the aquarium!!!!!

Terri HarpLady

You guys have so much fun together :)


Your other half has excellent taste in movies. :) And congrats on finding the ring!


Tons of fun! Yay for the ring!


Heh. The woman at the jewellery store was laughing at us having so much fun together.

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357 tasting notes

Hooray! my 200th tasting note!

I don’t know who this Walter Bishop character is, but this honeybush is darn delicious!

I got this as part of the 52teas order I received yesterday. I was so excited to make a pot of this last night for bedtime that I actually went to bed early. Yeah…sometimes my logic is just plain ridiculous.

Back when I discovered I was a lover of honeybush teas, I was so happy. I have a very limited window of time each day where I can drink anything with caffeine. As a result, I found myself flailing in frustration amongst the various herbal blends, many of which had too much hibiscus for my liking. I picked at the rooibos blends with little enthusiasm for their woody taste. I enjoyed my mint teas, but I could only drink that on occasion before longing for some variety. When I finally tried a few 52teas honeybush blends I was downright ecstatic, and my keenness is still going strong. Honeybush is such a lovely base for all kinds of flavors, from fruity, chocolate/peanut butter, or cinnamon, I have yet to meet a 52 teas honeybush that I don’t like.

This Walter Bishop is probably my favorite strawberry flavored honeybush that I’ve tried so far. I also have the strawberry pie honeybush, and the strawberry rhubarb honeybush, which are also lovely, but I think the strawberry in this one pops a little more against the honeybush base. I’ll have to try them side by side to really make a fair comparison.

I enjoy this one both as a hot or cold tea. Out of curiosity I tried it with a pinch of sugar, but personally I prefer to drink it without adding anything.

Between the heavenly strawberry aroma that fills the room while this brews and the luscious taste reminiscent of a strawberry milkshake – this honeybush is a keeper!


Happy 200th note! I’m almost at that milestone too :D


Not wild about honeybush, but I like Walter. May need to try this. :)


MissLena12 – Thanks – it’s so nice to recognize little milestones like these. It somehow adds a touch of extra-specialness to a day.

@Nicole- If you do decide to give it a try, 52teas is having a 20% off sale right now until Sunday. How do I know? – I just placed another order…I think I can officially call it a 52teas addiction now.


Oh Walter. From Fringe :)



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470 tasting notes

So I’ve tried this tea a few times and liked it but didn’t love it. I thought that maybe it was time to go a little mad scientist on this blend! I mean, of any tea to experiment with this has got to be the best one, right? The goal was to make it taste like a real strawberry milkshake.

First off I steeped a spoonful of this with 1 cup milk, 1 cup filtered water stovetop style. While that was simmering I mixed up this weird concoction:

3 strawberries + a splash of rum (hey, it’s Walter we’re talking about!) + a heaping spoonful of vanilla curd + a sprinkle of caramel matcha

and blended them in the food processor until it was a nice fine puree. In case you don’t know what vanilla curd is, it’s pretty much the best thing ever: like lemon curd, only with vanilla beans. It’s like frosting in a jar! Uhnf, so good.

Then I mixed the puree into the hot tea and strained it all—which took longer than expected, because of all the strawberry seeds!

I think I’ve created the most delicious thing ever. It tastes JUST like a strawberry milkshake (only hot). The vanilla curd and milk makes it super creamy, the fresh strawberry makes it nice and fruity, the honeybush adds extra depth along with the caramel matcha. And the rum adds something extra—just like Walter would want, since I’m all out of LSD to sprinkle in it.


Sounds delicious! I may have to look into this vanilla curd.


That sounds delicious!


I didn’t know this vanilla curd even existed. At first I thought you were referring to vanilla yogurt.


Vanilla Curd is totally awesome, and you can find it in a lot of supermarkets by the jam! I definitely recommend it, it’s great for baking.

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FIRST! haha sorry that was really immature but then Walter was not always mature now was he. Love that character and so sad to see him gone.
First nonetheless – ah the benefits of being in the same state as Frank who in his own right is a lot like Walter – the Mad Scientist of Tea! WOO HOOO.
This honeybush smells AMAZING in the dry form. OMG I can’t wait for it to finish steeping!
Its a honeybush so up to 10 minutes but come on it can’t take that long right?
I dunno. Im only a couple minutes into this steep and already the little sip I took tastes just like a strawberry milkshake! Oh I am going to have fun toying with this one, adding sugar, cream, milk, honey, etc and so on until I find the perfect way to have it. Sadness is that by the time I find just the right way to enjoy this tea it will probably be gone. I knew I should have got two packages instead of just the one. BAHHHHHH Frank should really have doubled up on his production of this one.
Anyway more later – going to go enjoy this cup! No rating yet but I am thinking it will be a high one!


so sad that i missed out on this one. I’m glad it’s different from frank’s other strawberry teas…he seems to do strawberry really well


I know I always feel cruddy when I miss a good tea from Frank which is why I went halvsies with Anne to get the subscription – on the good side at least I get to TRY some! I really hope he decides to make more of this though. I missed out on the Marshmallow Genmaicha every time he brought it back out lol Still waiting for that one to return again too!


Another Fringe Fan! Wow! Don’t say anything, I’ve only seen about 3 episodes is series 5. But I love Walter, and I love how he’s Australian. And I love his relationship with astrid. Oh right, I should read your review properly…

Strawberry milkshake! Awesome… The other half asked if there was a nt of raspberry licorice?


I promise I Wont say a word :)
I did not notice licorice but I THINK there is some kick to it almost spicy! I need to try it again though because I sucked it down far too fast.


It sounds fantastic!

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6107 tasting notes

Ok… so I should have drank this about an hour ago, because since then, my nose has really stuffed up. It definitely smelled like creamy strawberries earlier, but mostly just smells like honeybush now. And mostly just tastes like honeybush. Sigh. I don’t think the flavouring is particularly strong in here to begin with though, from what I’ve read, so it’s not surprising that I really don’t taste it much at all right now, though. I’m willing to bet that I will still prefer Strawberry Pie HB over this one, but I’m glad to have tried it! I’ll rate this when I’m not sick anymore.

ETA: Got more strawberry when it was cool and had sat for a while. Still tough to tell how much my cold is affecting things though.

Boiling 8 min or more

..and then when you still don’t like it, you send the rest to meeeeeeeeeee


no no send it to me me me! :P

Terri HarpLady

or you can send it to me! ;)


Back off people! I get first dibs! We split this package! Lol


Geez, who says I was giving any away! Though Terri, if you were wanting to try some, Sil could send from her stash (if she wasn’t already planning to) and I could replace that amount. :P

And Indigobloom, if you want a sample, I’ll put it on the swaps list.

Sil – you clearly like this one more than me, so if I try it again and am still pretty ambivalent, it’s yours. I have my fingers crossed that if I like the Cranberry TKY, I can maybe nab more of that from you :D


lol no worries, I have some from a swap… I was just teasing along with Sil. (plus it smells amazing!!)

Terri HarpLady

no prob, I’m getting ready to be swamped with a LOT of tea!!
I was just playin’


LOL sounds good kittenna…also DO try the cranberry one, i’ll try and check it out tonight in case i LOOOOVE it hot for some reason, but i’m guessing that’ll be one that you will love moreso than me and i’d rather get our split packages back to one another if that makes sense heh

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790 tasting notes

I do like this a LOT cold brewed. I used it as a “non-tea” for the tea party at work today. Steeped 24 hours in the fridge (about 3 tablespoons to 1 1/2 quarts of water) then added slices of fresh strawberry. Yum! Upping the rating based on how much I like it cold.

No one really said much about it specifically, but everyone drank their cups down so it must have been okay. :)


Nicole, those pastries … Oh you teasing us right ?

Cameron B.

Aw, I wanna have a Steepster tea party with you guys! D:


i miss this tea sigh also when we get closer to st louis day we need to coordinate with terri!


I wanna have a tea party too!! We should totally have a Steepstercon


Love that green floral teapot.


Steepstercon! What a great idea! Needs to be somewhere with lots of restrooms… I foresee a LOT of tea being downed… :)

@Sil: did you ever pick up any of the reblend and try it to see if it matched up to the original? I got some of it, but I have been hoarding the old one and haven’t even opened the reblend up yet.


Marzipan, that one is from Pier One. Not sure if they still carry it or not but worth checking. It pours pretty well, too.


reblend was close…but not the same :(

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1184 tasting notes

I am treating myself to a tea latte for dessert!
The strawberry still isn’t as “in your face” as I would like, but it is very enjoyable. The milk really tones down the woodsy taste of the honeybush.

2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

sigh i miss this one… i just couldn’t bring myself to pick up the reblend since frank has been so “off lately” with reblends


I just got mine today. Haven’t tried it yet to see if it holds up.

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618 tasting notes

Before I sipped this tea, I thought that it was going to be nearly identical to Strawberry Pie Honeybush only without the cinnamon. I wanted to love the Strawberry Pie blend, but the cinnamon and other flavors made it a bit too sharp. That tea also left a bad taste in my mouth.

This one is much more smooth. I feel like I can finally concentrate on the beautiful strawberry and the honeybush background. I don’t think that there is much milkshake flavor here, but the strawberry and honeybush combination is lovely without cinnamon. It’s a rather simple and light tea – not too spectacular, but pleasant. I can see myself going through this pouch quickly! Might have another cup tonight.


I just noticed this one on their website today and thought it a funny thing to name a tea after such a character.. but after thinking about it, it all makes sense.


Suziqzer- clever, right?!


Yes it is! Hubby and I have been working our way through the series on Netflix .. Walter is probably our favorite character. :)


I remember getting this one BECAUSE of the name! I haven’t tried it I a while…should probably get back to it.


is this from the recent reblends queen?


Sil, yes, it’s from the recent reblend. I can’t really compare the two since I missed out on this the first time around… wish I knew what the original tasted like!

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I miss Fringe. I miss Walter Bishop. I think if it was not for his character on that show, I probably would have stopped watching it … I mean, I still liked the story line (although I do agree with Frank that it did not live up to it’s potential), but, I didn’t like it enough to tune in every week. I tuned in every week to see what Walter would call Astrid … or what crazy yet brilliant thing he’d say or do. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest television characters ever.

I was very happy that Frank created a tribute tea for him … and this is really a fitting tribute for Walter Bishop. My only complaint is that I taste too much honeybush here … I wanted more strawberry and creamy vanilla tones and less honeybush, but it all worked together quite well anyway.

Here’s my full-length review:

PS: It gets 100 rating for no other reason than because it’s Walter Bishop’s tea.


I’m watching through “Fringe” right now. Walter is definitely the driving character in the show.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

yes! I watched Fringe * for * Walter!

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Been drooling over this all afternoon….finally couldn’t resist anymore and tried my first cup!
First off it smells like (you guessed it)STRAWBERRIES! It also smells sweet….like candyish.

The taste makes me smile! It’s strawberry! Real tasting strawberry! And it’s got a sweetness and creaminess to it I love. I may end up licking the inside of the cup once I’m done. Man I love this stuff!

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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