I bought this tea immediately. No “let’s wait and see if it’s popular” or procrastinating. Though, with 52 Teas, if one procrastinates, it should be kept to a minimum as the teas can sell out! I love 52 Teas honeybush blends. Pineberry Honeybush was pretty funky. Peanut butter cup cheesecake honeybush I worship. I had a few samples of others from tea trades that were fantastic as well.
The girlie owls have gathered – they want an all girl owl night out and tea drinks. Not sure if they plan to get owl pedicures or their feathers done.
Dry Leaf: Opening the package of tea – oh man, really smells like a strawberry daquiri! Candy sweet strawberry with lime!
Appearance of the dry leaf? Ehhh, not the most exciting we’ve seen at Oolong Owl. Pretty much is a honeybush wood chips like appearance stuck to some strawberry chunks.
Steeping Instructions: I went with my 52 Teas honeybush steeping usual: 200F for around 4 minutes. Honeybushes can also steep much longer, but I did a taste test at the 4 minute mark and yum!
My cup is a weird cloudy brown red with a bit of debris my gravity steeper didn’t catch. The tea smells like lime and strawberry candy!
Taste: First sip, lots of rum and tangy lime flavor. The rum and lime hum exceptionally well together and both easily distinguishable. Interestingly, the honeybush base is easy to ignore as it floats perfectly with the rum. The lime peaks mid sip, carrying to end of sip. At end of sip, I can taste a strawberry bubblegum candy flavor mixed with the lime. The strawberry flavor lingers as an aftertaste. Strawberry Daiquiri Honeybush is not tart, bitter or dry of a tea.
Sweetened: I added a little german rock sugar, hoping to pull out that strawberry – which worked! The strawberry and lime tang pop throughout the entire sip (taking selfies at the bar) with the rum and woody honeybush dancing (drunkenly) in the background. The strawberry still tastes kinda bubblegum candy like – I wish it had more fresh tart berry flavor. But hey, this tea is made for being iced!
Resteep: Not a very good resteep – very light and mostly honeybush woodsy with rum flavoring.
Iced: I steeped up Strawberry Daiquiri Honeybush strong with some german rock sugar. I then poured the tea over lots of ice, a couple fresh lime slices and a frozen strawberry. I then added a bit of light agave to adjust the sweetness.
The strawberry in the tea remains a candy like flavor, but is the main flavor. The lime is really great, but also boosted by my fresh lime. The rum is even more backburner, tasted at end of sip and aftertaste. Kind of like how these fun mixed drinks creep up on you. After sipping away at this iced tea, the lime and frozen strawberry meld into the blend – I swear I’m drinking a real virgin strawberry daiquiri. I wonder if I could make this iced tea with shaved ice? Hmmm….
Comments: Strawberry Daiquiri Honeybush is a tasty and fun, caffeine free tea blend! A great summer tea! I like this tea in all forms – hot, sweetened and iced! Personally, while I do like candy strawberry flavor, I’d like some more strawberry tang for this blend, but still this tea blend is quite good.
At the time of this blog post, there are some in stock – buy em quick! Zoomdweebies! Gogogogogogogooo!