Hummingbird Honeybush

Tea type
Honeybush Tea
Ingredients
Nutmeg, Organic Allspice, Organic Coconut, Organic Honeybush, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan), Pineapple Pieces
Flavors
Apple Skins, Coconut, Fruity, Pecan, Pineapple, Summer, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 15 g 60 oz / 1774 ml

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  • “The base, spices, coconut, and pineapple all combine pretty perfectly. I’m enjoying this with some milk. Fruity spiced teas often don’t work for me, but this one does. It ends up tasting sort of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is a delightful, fruity tea. I had never had honeybush tea before, so I can’t add it as a flavor to the description. But it’s lightly sweet even when unsweetened, and while the pineapple...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Currently sipping this tea – I crafted this as the April 17 tea of the week. When I crafted it, I was inspired by spring. When I think of spring – I think of hummingbirds, because my gramma used to...” Read full tasting note

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Tea of the Week for April 17, 2023!

Spring has begun & there are a couple of things that come to mind when I think of spring. Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I think of the beautiful cherry blossom trees that grow everywhere here. But, back when I lived in Southern California, we would enjoy the Jacaranda trees this time of year – trees covered in beautiful purple blossoms lined the streets of Garden Grove (where I lived) and it was simply breathtaking.

Another thought that comes to mind with the coming of spring is hummingbirds! My gramma had a couple of hummingbird feeders positioned just outside her kitchen windows & they were frequented by hungry hummingbirds all day long. It was truly something to witness & it’s something that I miss. I know that we have a large bird population up here in the Pacific Northwest, but I don’t see a lot of hummingbirds. I suppose they’re probably out there, but I don’t see them nearly as often as I did while living in SoCal.

So, I wanted to celebrate the hummingbird with tea this year. I know that there’s a cake called “Hummingbird Cake” & although I’ve never tried a hummingbird cake, I have to admit that the idea of a cake featuring the flavors of pineapple, coconut and pecan sounds heavenly.

Here is that tea: a tea with pineapple & coconut flavors, some spices (allspice & nutmeg) & a hint of pecan (nut-free) essence with an organic honeybush base. It’s really good! It’s also organic, vegan, gluten-free & all natural!

organic ingredients: honeybush, coconut, pineapple, allspice, nutmeg & natural flavors

more about this tea: As I mentioned above, this tea is my celebration of spring & my ode to the hummingbird. I focused on the flavors of a Hummingbird cake for this tea – pineapple, coconut & pecan, with a touch of spice – but I didn’t add a lot of my cake essence because I thought that the other flavors might get lost in the mix. I wanted to focus primarily on the pineapple & coconut – I think I managed to accomplish that! The tea is a delightful medley of pineapple & coconut, with a hint of allspice & nutmeg & a kiss of pecan. So yummy!

to brew: shake the pouch well to incorporate the ingredients. Some of the spices may sift down to the bottom of the pouch & you definitely want some of those in your measurement. Use 3 ½ grams of tea to 12oz of very hot water (190°F). Steep for 10 minutes, strain & allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy!

serving suggestion: I really like this tea served hot. It does not need sweetener because there is some natural sweetness to the cup, although if you want a more “cake-y” experience, you might find that the addition of about ½ a teaspoon of sugar will bring out those flavors a bit more. I also LOVE this tea with a drizzle of honey.

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The base, spices, coconut, and pineapple all combine pretty perfectly. I’m enjoying this with some milk. Fruity spiced teas often don’t work for me, but this one does. It ends up tasting sort of like a fruity spiced cake. I just read the description, and that’s what this is supposed to be, so I’d say the tea does a good job of replicating that!

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This is a delightful, fruity tea. I had never had honeybush tea before, so I can’t add it as a flavor to the description. But it’s lightly sweet even when unsweetened, and while the pineapple flavor is predominant, it’s not heavy or overbearing. When first opening the packet, the aroma was sweetly pleasing, and since I love pineapple, it invited me to partake. The coconut flavor was understated, and since this was NOT “Pina Colada” tea, that made me glad. It’s tropical in feel, but not in an ordinary way. This is one which definitely belongs in the “12 Teas of Christmas” pack—I want this one again! And soon!

Flavors: Apple Skins, Coconut, Fruity, Pecan, Pineapple, Summer, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 15 g 60 OZ / 1774 ML
52Teas

Thank you! I’m happy to add it to the list of requested reblends.

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Currently sipping this tea – I crafted this as the April 17 tea of the week. When I crafted it, I was inspired by spring. When I think of spring – I think of hummingbirds, because my gramma used to have several little hummingbird feeders out – and as soon as the jacaranda trees started to bloom, she would start filling the feeders and we’d watch the hungry hummingbirds devour the magical liquid she’d put in the feeders – in the area that she lived (Garden Grove, CA) they would empty three feeders in 24 hours! Gramma’s magic would bring all the hummingbirds to the yard.

I’ve never actually tried a hummingbird cake (at least, not to my recollection) but I like the idea of a pineapple, coconut and pecan cake. It sounds delicious. So, I decided to try to create something like that in tea form. Since honeybush has a natural nuttiness and slight spicy tone to it, I thought it would make the perfect base – then I added pineapple & coconut & some nut-free pecan essence, plus some allspice & freshly shaved nutmeg to give it a pleasant spiced note.

It all comes together rather nicely. I didn’t try to turn this into a “cake” creation, but rather, something inspired by the idea of a hummingbird cake, with some of the featured flavors of the cake also featured in this blend (like pineapple, coconut & pecan). I cold-brewed a jar of it and it makes a really tasty iced tea. Compared to the hot tea version, I think that the cold brew has a stronger nutty & spicy flavor with hints of the fruit mingling in the background. As a hot tea, I notice more of the fruit. Both ways are delicious – although, I might prefer this one hot better than iced.

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