Review: The Persimmon Tree Honeysuckle

The Persimmon Tree Tea Company was kind enough to send us tea samples for us to review.* Thank you!

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.75 of 5 leaves –  A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing at first, then added honey

The aroma of the dry tea was somewhat off-putting. However, this mostly went away after steeping. It steeps to a pretty, rich brown with a much more pleasing smell. I found that the flavor was mild, but a nice light black tea blend with a hint of honeysuckle. The slightly bitter earthiness of the tea and sweetness balanced one another well. I ended up adding a little bit of honey at the end which helped to pull out the honeysuckle flavors and sweetness in the tea. Try this tea if you are looking for something that is familiar, but a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves –  A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: with honey

I totally thought I was tasting a black tea, but it turns out that this is a pu-erh. Tricked me! I will say I was surprised when the tea was so dark in color. It was in fact, so deep red-brown that I needed to take it outside to get enough light to really see it’s depth. Abby said hers was lighter, perhapsI over-packed my infuser but I got a very rich tea. I like it STRONG!

The info on the website about this tea was particularly interesting.

Presimmon Tree says:

This pu-erh is cooked and has been aged for about 4-6 years. Often referred to as the “Wonder Tonic” and the “Medicinal Tea,” Pu-erh loose-leaf tea has been hugely popular in China for over 1700 years. The health benefits of our Honeysuckle puerh tea include: Aiding digestion, Lowering cholesterol, Helping to ease a hangover, Increasing metabolism, Controlling diabetes, Reducing fat in the system, and Boosting blood blow and aiding circulation”

Pretty good, right? I loooooove aged tea. Tea certainly gets better with age. If this helps a hangover AND increases metabolism who doesn’t want some? Above, Abby put it delicately, but this tea kind of smells like fish. Yeah, I know, but don’t be grossed out, it tastes quite good! Do note that I still have it a rating of 4. Without the fishy smell it would likely be a 4.5 or maybe even more. I really enjoyed the robust deep earthy notes in this tea. With the name honeysuckle I was prepared for a light fruity black tea and instead I got a rich powerful tea with some nice sweetness. Yum!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves –  Quite a good cuppa
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas a we are of ones we purchase. If we receive a tea we can not rate at least 3 or better we sill simply not review it!

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