Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea from Local Coffee & Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Local Coffee & Tea

Company Description:

The signature tea for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, celebrating 40 years of fabulous performances in Sarasota, Florida. A custom blended Rooibos with black and red currants, perfect for an intermission any time, any where.

Taster’s Review:

Tasty!  The currant flavor is strong, providing a delicious sweet with just the right amount of tart taste.  There is a nice little tangy berry twinge in the aftertaste which is quite nice.  Also – notably absent in the aftertaste – is the saccharine-y sweet aftertaste that some rooibos blends host.

I can taste the woody/nutty/somewhat tobacco-y taste of the rooibos here, I am not getting that sickly sweet taste of the rooibos.  The flavor of the currant melds well with the flavor of the rooibos, creating a very interesting cup.

I am also getting another fruit flavor in this tea – it is almost like pineapple… but not quite.  I am finding it difficult to put my finger on, it is sweet and tropical in flavor but it is not a particularly strong presence in the cup.  It does provide a very pleasant contrast though – an intriguing contrast that makes the taste buds perk up and ask “hey, what was that?”

I like this rooibos blend.  It is not overly sweet but is still sweet enough to make a delightful dessert cup – or perhaps a sweet treat just before bedtime?  It is one that you’ll feel good about serving to the kids too – it is not only loaded with antioxidants (thanks to the rooibos) but it is also naturally caffeine free and sweet enough that you don’t need to add a lot of sugar to get them to drink it!

Very nice, indeed!

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