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Honeybush Herbal Tea
Honeybush Herbal Tea

Honeybush Herbal Tea

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Country of Origin: South Africa
Altitude: 1000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Chopped and fired
Grade: Choice 1st grade
Cup Characteristics: Refreshing and cleansing with hints of honey. The finish is reminiscent of light Madagascar pepper
Infusion: Tending orange bright

The lightly roasted, floral taste of honeybush is most often compared to - you've guessed it - honey itself. Although similar to rooibos tea, honeybush is often described as having a fuller and sweeter taste. Apart from its distinctive taste, honeybush is known to help fight diabetes and high blood sugar.

Ingredients: Honeybush

Hot Brewing Method: Use 1 heaping teaspoon of Honeybush per one cup of water and place this into your teapot (many successfully use a tea infuser when making herb tea). Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Strain as you pour into your cup and savor one of nature’s best offerings!

Cold Brewing Method: Do Not Pour Hot Liquid directly into a Glass Pitcher FOR ONE PITCHER – Put 6 teaspoons into a 5-6 cup teapot. Pour boiling water into the pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Strain and pour gently into your pitcher. If you wish, you can add ice into the pitcher or pour over ice into a tall glass. For a terrific taste add some honey, cinnamon and slices of half an orange.

How is Honeybush tea manufactured?

Similar to regular black tea there are 4 steps: harvesting, cutting, fermentation (oxidation), and drying. The harvested bush clippings are brought to the factory where they are mechanically chopped to help the cellular breakdown responsible for fermentation.

Next, the cuttings are either formed into firmly packed heaps and covered with canvas sacks, or as is the case with much of the newly cultivated Honeybush, placed in pre-heated baking ovens. (With the rise in consumption of Honeybush, baking ovens are gaining popularity since they make it much easier to control the quality of the finished product.)

Once the tea has fermented, (about 3 days if a curing heap is used, or about 30 hours if an oven is used,) it is spread out on canvas sheets and allowed to dry for one or two days.

The resulting tea is as healthy as it is tasty. Honeybush tea is caffeine free, high in antioxidants, and has a wonderfully sweet, very slightly astringent flavor with overtones of honey – the overall flavor is very unique and has been compared to hot apricot jam or a dried fruit mix. When brewing the tea, try adding a spoonful of honey to the cup to help open this delicate honey-like character. Although Honeybush is traditionally enjoyed piping hot, over ice it makes an incredible summertime refresher.

Either way, this is definitely one of our more interesting tea offerings.

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