Bee's Knees

Tea type
Fruit White Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Alcohol, Bitter, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Lemon, Pleasantly Sour, Spicy, Vanilla
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “Method: Loose leaf Steep Time: 1.5 – 2 mins Water Temp: 65 F Brew Style: Western, in my Kati mug Let me preface this review by mentioning that I have had (and enjoyed) an actual Bee’s Knees...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Definitely not a black tea – little tea flavor. Strong lemon and some honey, fairly smooth, is good for a break from the stronger teas. Sort of a shock when you’re used to “regular” tea a few times...” Read full tasting note
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From Harney & Sons

Among thousands of blend submissions and even more votes, Bees Knee’s was chosen by you, our customers, to be our 2020 Blend Contest winner. This Roaring Twenteas-inspired tea, a play on the 1920’s cocktail, will arouse your senses with its beautiful botanical aroma and silky smooth sweet cup.

Ingredients:
White tea, juniper berries, lemon peel, gin flavor, honey flavor, lemon flavor. Contains natural flavors.

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Method: Loose leaf
Steep Time: 1.5 – 2 mins
Water Temp: 65 F
Brew Style: Western, in my Kati mug

Let me preface this review by mentioning that I have had (and enjoyed) an actual Bee’s Knees cocktail before, at a speakeasy-style theme bar. So I went into this with that experience in mind. I also do not generally like white tea, but this flavor intrigued me enough that I decided to overlook my prejudice of its base and give it a go anyway.

The dry leaf does not have a strong scent, which surprised me, as this is an alcohol-flavored blend. It smells mostly of juniper, dry hay, a bit of a chamomile-esque note, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

The tea steeps a pleasant yellow color; cheerful. The liquor’s perfume has notes of juniper, spice, honeysuckle, clover honey, and a hint of alcohol. There’s also a faint delicate fruity quality to it that must be from the lemon peel.

Upon the first few sips, I get mostly hot, medicinal, boozy juniper, as if I’d heated a shot of gin. Very herbaceous and fairly bitter. As the tea cooled though, the alcoholic edge wore down and I got delicious sweeter notes of honey, vanilla, lemon, and some of the floral, fruity white tea base.

This isn’t an everyday tea for me— much like actual gin, I’ll need to be in a very specific mood for it— but I’m glad I tried this. I’d say Harney definitely captured the essence of drinking a Bee’s Knees cocktail. It’s whimsical, delicate, quirky, and grows on you the more you drink it.

Flavors: Alcohol, Bitter, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Lemon, Pleasantly Sour, Spicy, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Definitely not a black tea – little tea flavor. Strong lemon and some honey, fairly smooth, is good for a break from the stronger teas. Sort of a shock when you’re used to “regular” tea a few times a day, this is like a unsweet Sprite in comparison. Different…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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