Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Georgia Tea Co.
Red rooibos and green rooibos blend with orange peels, vanilla and cactus flowers. Delicious!
If you like unusual teas and tisanes, you should certainly read on: here is a very unusual blend – unusual but tasty.
The unusual-ness of this tisane begins with the fragrance of it. I can smell the vanilla and the orange. I can even smell the nutty/woody aroma of the rooibos. And then there is a somewhat herbaceous scent there, not exactly floral, not exactly vegetable… it’s an unusual note, but I think I like it!
The flavor is equally as unusual. I like the pairing of the red and green rooibos because I think that the sparkling fruit tones of the green rooibos help to eliminate some of the funkier flavors that I usually find unpleasant in red rooibos. Together, the two types of rooibos give the cup a strong nutty presence that has a nice fruity background. It tastes crisp and refreshing.
The orange peel give this a very delicate citrus-y taste. It is sweet and also a little zesty. The vanilla gives this tisane a nice creamy background. And then there is a flavor that I find difficult to describe accurately that I can only assume belongs to the cactus flower. It has a sort of sour character to it. It sort of tingles on the back of the throat, and while it is a little weird, it isn’t unpleasant.
I hope that my description there doesn’t scare you from trying this, though, because, I really do like it, and I would be happy to have it again! It is sort of like a weird, twisted creamsicle-ish treat; and while it is definitely different it is also definitely delicious!