Lemon Cream Cheese Danish Honeybush

Tea type
Honeybush Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Citrus, Cream, Herbaceous, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Nutty, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Wood, Cheesecake, Lemongrass, Pastries
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 15 sec 5 g 12 oz / 353 ml

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  • “(52teas (Anne) 2022: 50) Well, I just ate a bunch of Hershey Kisses so probably not the ideal time to be tasting this tea, but I had a sip earlier too and was pretty meh about it. I guess it’s...” Read full tasting note
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  • “After waffling a bit on which tea to use for the January sipdown prompt “a favorite pie” I decided to go with this. I like a lot of pies (who doesn’t?) but I’d probably put pumpkin (with ample...” Read full tasting note
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  • “ Samurai TTB #28 The name of this tea sounded absolutely delicious and I was excited that it was honeybush instead of rooibos. However, the flavor didn’t quite live up to expectations. I got a...” Read full tasting note
    70
  • “Had this earlier in the day during a meeting, and to be totally honest I kept getting distracted in my meeting because the tea was sooo good! As soon as I opened the sample packed I knew it would...” Read full tasting note
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Tea of the Week for July 13, 2020!
Our Third Subscriber Creation for July!

This blend idea came from one of my long-time subscribers who was also a subscriber back when Frank was still at the helm. This subscriber told me that their favorite blend was the Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish Honeybush but that they thought that it would have been even better if it were a Lemon Cream Cheese Danish flavor rather than a Raspberry. So they asked me to attempt it & so I did!

Wow – this one is good! The lemon is bright & vibrant. The cream cheese notes are tangy yet smooth. The honeybush adds a hint of nutty flavor which adds some depth to the Danish pastry flavor. It comes together very nicely on the palate – just enough sweetness, tart & tangy to keep those taste buds jumping for joy!

This delicious dessert-y tisane is all organic, VEGAN, gluten free, allergen free & caffeine free. It’s also YUMMY!

Taster pouch is approximately 15g

organic ingredients: honeybush, lemon grass, lemon myrtle, lemon peel, lemons & natural flavors

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I really have loved the many different ideas that came to me via this subscriber creation event – so much so that I’ll no doubt be doing this again sometime in the future. I love seeing the ideas that our subscribers come up with for tea blends.

This blend steeps into a really delightful cuppa. The lemon is so bright – it reminds me a lot of lemon curd. Tart – but not puckery. It has a sweetness to it that keeps it from being too tart.

to brew: use 4g of leaf to 12 ounces of very hot water (195°F) & steep for at least 8 minutes. This one won’t get bitter if you steep it longer – so go ahead & do it if you have a mind & the patience to do so. You’ll be rewarded with an even more flavorful cuppa.

strain & allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. enjoy!

Sweetener isn’t needed to enjoy a pleasant lemon-y flavor. I do find that the cream cheese notes pop more when I add a little bit of sugar (a little less than 1/2 a teaspoon) to the cup.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 50)

Well, I just ate a bunch of Hershey Kisses so probably not the ideal time to be tasting this tea, but I had a sip earlier too and was pretty meh about it. I guess it’s vaguely citrussy but that’s about it. I’m starting to wonder if flavoured honeybush just doesn’t retain flavours well? It’s 1.5 years old, which in the context of my tea stash, is very fresh, but I seem to have this issue with a lot of honeybush/rooibos teas that are a bit older. Hard to say. Anyhow, it’s alright, but I really feel like lemon cream cheese should be much more flavourful!

Also, wow, 50 52teas and January isn’t even over yet; at this pace I should manage to sample my whole stash by what, June? Out of curiousity, here are some stats on my spreadsheet…

This month, there were 303 52teas entries on my spreadsheet, which separately lists reblends, but combines pouches of tea from the same blending (or, time period of reblending, I don’t know if Anne blends a tea multiple times to fulfill orders!) 6 of these teas are MIA, which either means misplaced, sipped down but not recorded, or possibly, lost to the work mouse of 2018 (although most teas lost then weren’t even recorded). Removing reblends (only keeping one entry for each tea) drops me to 281 unique teas, with 5 MIA. So, if I keep up this pace then sometime in June I should make it through the whole stash… which will of course also grow by 5 teas each month as well, ha.

Also to note, looks like I recorded 5 sipdowns of non-duplicated teas in 2021, so really have not been making a great deal of progress here. Oops.

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After waffling a bit on which tea to use for the January sipdown prompt “a favorite pie” I decided to go with this. I like a lot of pies (who doesn’t?) but I’d probably put pumpkin (with ample vanilla ice cream), lemon meringue, key lime, and cheesecake (which my brain places in the “pie” category rather than the “cake” category) at the top of the list. So I grabbed this lemon/cream cheese tea since I figured that checked off lemon meringue or cheesecake vibes.

It has a lovely fresh lemony fragrance in the dry leaf, which comes off with a pleasant tanginess in the steeped cup. The flavor is very lemon-toward, and it’s very bright and juicy with some lemon zest pithiness. I love lemon myrtle and it is really shining in this tea; the more herbaceous flavor I get from lemongrass is present, but more muted. While I can smell the peppery note I often taste in honeybush, I’m not picking it up on the tongue this time. The base is coming off more with a mild sweet and slightly nutty flavor. As the tea cools, I get a little bit of a sweet cream note coming out, which sweetens the citrus a bit, but not enough to take the edges off the bright tanginess. I think the sweeter/cream elements probably needed to be a bit buffer here to simulate a “lemon cream cheese danish”, but since I personally prefer my citrus when it is on the tart side, I’m finding this a wholly enjoyable cup.

Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Herbaceous, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Nutty, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 5 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Samurai TTB #28

The name of this tea sounded absolutely delicious and I was excited that it was honeybush instead of rooibos. However, the flavor didn’t quite live up to expectations. I got a very pleasant, natural lemon taste, but no cream cheese or pastry that I could discern. Still an enjoyable cup of tea, but not as special as I hoped.

Flavors: Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Had this earlier in the day during a meeting, and to be totally honest I kept getting distracted in my meeting because the tea was sooo good! As soon as I opened the sample packed I knew it would be, because the aroma was so richly lemon curd, pastry, and cream cheese! The cream cheese was sort of shocking; to be honest I think the “cream cheese” part of 52Tea’s assorted “cream cheese danish” teas is typically the weakest part of the blend – and that’s not on them specifically, it’s just that that sort of sweet and creamy cheese with a “tangy” quality is soooo bloody challenging to capture in general. You see it all the time too with cheesecake blends that don’t taste like cheesecake, and its consistent across multiple vendors…

This was probably the best “cream cheese” I’ve experienced in a tea to date.

The lemon was excellent; fresh and sweet but with the acidity/high notes of a lemon curd type of pasty filling and it only made the cream cheese better. Honeybush as a base is brilliant; it lends the needed sweetness and nutty/graham style notes that work for pastry inspired dished. Everything just clicked, and I loved it.

VariaTEA

This is quite the endorsement. I remember really getting the cream cheese element in another 52 Teas blend and for the life of me, I can’t remember which one now

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July 2020 Blend

This did not last long enough.

52Teas does delicious “Danish” flavoured teas, as well as lovely lemon flavours. Combined, the flavouring is sublime (best of both worlds)! The cream cheese is pretty vivid here too and it’s just wonderful. Yeah… this is hands down one of my favourite flavoured honeybush teas; it hits all of my sweet spots.

Flavors: Cheesecake, Cream, Lemon, Lemongrass, Pastries

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

This sounds delicious! And who doesn’t love a Danish? :)

ashmanra

Ooooooo, that sounds awesome!

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