Numi Organic Honeybush Information

Availability: Available Through Amazon, in stores (check the natural/organic section in standard grocery stores, specialty markets will usually have it in the tea section), and in other online outlets.

Price: As of May 15th, 2014, the lowest price on Amazon was $5.49 for 18 bags as an “add on item,” which means you have to place an order totaling $25 or more to have the single box of honeybush shipped to you. It’s also possible to get three boxes for $19.05, which ship free through Amazon Prime.

View all Amazon offers and prices here.

Type: Tisane (aka, herbal tea). Honeybush contains no caffeine.

Review of Numi Organic Honeybush

While rooibos seems to be the king of herbals, my own preference is for its cousin, Queen Honeybush. I find the flavor of honeybush to be purer and sweeter than rooibos. Rooibos can also sometimes have a “skunky” characteristic that I don’t care for. Both herbals are great at quelling sweet cravings and are very soothing evening sippers.

Numi’s version of honeybush is quite delightful. Yes, it does come in paper tea bags, but it is still tasty, if not particularly nuanced. It is quite sweet with a strong honey-ish quality and infuses to a beautiful medium amber color. I suppose you could add milk or sugar to this, but see no purpose in doing so. Sip it alone or with food, it tastes great either way.

Packaging

Numi packages its teas in paper tea bags, which are then individually wrapped in a very durable packet. Highly portable and great for stashing in your backpack or purse while on the go.

Brewing Tips

Because this is a plain, unflavored honeybush, water quality is particularly important. Start with fresh, filtered water and heat it to boiling: Honeybush is tough and the high temperature will bring out this tisane’s flavor. One teabag per 8 ounce cup works well, but don’t be afraid to double up if you like stronger flavor. It infuses quickly, but keep in mind that honeybush doesn’t get bitter, so steep as long as you want. It won’t ruin your cuppa.

Final Recommendation

If you are looking for a reasonably priced, convenient way to enjoy plain honeybush, Numi Organic Honeybush is a great option. I’d particularly recommend this tea to someone who grew up drinking “tea with honey” but now seeks a caffeine-free, sugar free alternative.

Disclosures

Sample: I did not receive a free sample of this product. I bought it myself at the store.

Affiliate Links: This review does contain affiliate links.

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Name: Golden Monkey

Brand: Golden Moon Tea

Type: Black (China)

Form: Loose leaf

Price:  1 oz is $11.99 as of 1/14/14, quantity discounts available.

Review: Golden Monkey is a wonderful treat, though I can’t afford to have it all the time. I recently decided to try Golden Moon’s version, which proved to be a tasty brew indeed.

The dry leave is characteristic of most of the Golden Monkeys that I’ve tried: Relatively large leaves, tippy, and fluffy. I brewed the tea up to a surprisingly bright orange/gold color, and the resulting liquor offered a rich cocoa nose, another characteristic of this tea.

The flavor is complex. The first note that struck me was that of cocoa, and this, combined with some astringency, reminded me of the first bite into a cocoa-dusted chocolate truffle. The flavor eventually developed into a bit of fruity malt, followed by a floral backnote. Quite lovely.

This is a tea to be savored and contemplated. I’d advise drinking it on its own, as food may overwhelm the tea’s nuances.

Recommendation: A delicious sipper tea, best suited for those who like to pay attention to what they drink. It’s costly, however, so I’d recommend ordering the 1 ounce pouch to make sure that this is a tea that you enjoy. (Golden Moon does have a money back guarantee.)

Steeping Tips: This tea takes awhile to infuse, so don’t be impatient. Give it a full five minutes, particularly if you don’t have access to boiling water. Given the complexity of this tea, water quality is very important, as any off-flavors will interfere with the development of the tea’s more subtle flavors.

Disclosures: I did not receive a free sample of this tea. This review does contain affiliate links.

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