Honey Hive

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A tea without the crazy buzz! Inspired by Disset Chocolate’s bee-inspired hexagonal chocolate bar, this beautifully balanced honey-infused tea makes for a perfect afternoon cup.

Decaffeinated black tea

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15662 tasting notes

I love the artwork on the little sachet overwraps for this tea; the hexagonal chocolate with the bee pattern is as delicious looking as it is cute and whimsical. Steeped, the tea was fine. It was sort of what I expected; a sweet chocolate profile with the faintest hint of honey on a bland black tea base. Not bad tasting, but since this whole box is chocolate themed I’d have rather had a stronger honey flavour with a hint of chocolate to keep this more unique/distinct from the other inclusions. It’s especially similar to the Double Chocolate Chunk tea from the prior month, too.

The tea base was bland because it’s decaffeinated; the decaffeination process strips flavour at the same time is does caffeine. Since there’s natural caffeine in the cacao shells in this blend I really don’t understand the thought process behind using a decaf black base. It just tastes shittier, and you’re still consuming caffeine.

Clearly not a favourite of mine overall, but I guess it could have been worse.

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1711 tasting notes

This is a pretty tasty chocolate tea. I could see the cacao bits in the bag and it tastes very similarly to a cacao shell tea I have. The flavor is very natural with a slight bitter tang that dark chocolate can get. It’s good, but it doesn’t seem to have anything else going for it other than chocolate. With a name like Honey Hive I expected the taste of honey in there somewhere and I get zero. It says this is decaffeinated, but now that I’m sipping it in the evening I wonder if they just meant the tea. How much caffeine do the chocolate bits have?

In the steeping guidelines on the wrapper it asks you to think about your most memorable bee sting and concludes that they are all memorable. What an unpleasant thing to ponder while waiting for a relaxing cup of tea. There are plenty of bee stings that I don’t remember and then there is the one that is clearest in my mind where I realized I was now allergic to bees, broke into full body hives and welts, my face started swelling and my partner stabbed me in the leg with an epipen with all the might he could muster like he was John Travolta in Pulp Fiction…. in the middle of the pandemic. What a weird thing for a tea bag to ask me to recall.

Cameron B.

Somewhat related, the Honeycomb chocolate bar from Chuao is super delicious if you like honey & chocolate! It has crispy honeycomb bits in it, nom nom.

Kelmishka

As someone with a phobia of bees, I would… not appreciate being asked to remember any of my bee stings while making tea! How rude!

Dustin

I think I’ve had that bar before. Firecracker is my favorite of theirs.
Pondering a bee sting is an odd request of a tea company! LOL!

tea-sipper

oh no… you can suddenly acquire a NEW allergy to bee stings?!

ashmanra

tea-sipper: my eldest brother died of anaphylactic shock from yellow jacket stings. Another man died the same way the same week. The ER doctor told us that their beta blockers for high blood pressure had sensitized their blood creating an allergy to bee stings. But I think allergies can come and go. A friend was severely allergic to most fruits and always had to carry an epi pen. She had a traumatic injury that required many surgeries and reconstruction. Apparently her body reset to factory settings and she can eat fruit now. Still carries the epi pen just in case.

tea-sipper

All of this is bizarre info, ashmanra! I’m very sorry you lost your brother like that.

ashmanra

Thanks, tea-sipper. I will plant whole gardens for the bees, because they are wonderful and so needed, but for wasps and yellow jackets I have no mercy.

Dustin

Oh yes, yes you can. Beekeepers often want to get stings regularly so their body becomes accustom to them, but you can suddenly become allergic to anything or loose an allergy. I had a friend who was severely allergic to walnuts, then had a baby and was no longer allergic to them. I guess I’ve been a little too caution in not getting stung, so now I’m doing allergy shots so I don’t die beekeeping.
That’s awful, Ashmanra! I agree, wasps and yellow jackets get no sympathy from me.

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