Red Rocks from The Tea Spot

Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  The Tea Spot

Tisane Description:

Our blend of naturally caffeine–free South African red rooibos, vanilla, and almond bits is an herbal delight! Rooibos is full of antioxidants and healthy minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and fluoride. It has a wonderfully smooth flavor, and is a great cold buster as well as thirst quencher. It brews into a dark red liquor and has a naturally sweet, earthy scent, reminiscent of pipe–tobacco. You cannot over–steep this tea (the longer the better!) and it is fantastic by itself, or with cream and a bit of sweetener. Red Rocks is the perfect, healthy, all-around herbal tea – a favorite amongst athletes and as mom’s choice for children.

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Taster’s Review:

I had been hearing some good things about this rooibos blend over on Steepster, so I knew I had to try it … even if it IS rooibos!

The aroma of the dry leaf is pretty much what you might expect from rooibos:  sweet and earthy, with nutty notes (which are further highlighted by the almond) and hints of wood and tobacco.  I can also smell the vanilla.  The brewed tea smells warm and inviting, like sweet nutty muffins fresh out of the oven.

This is really quite tasty.  With most rooibos blends, I’m usually happy if the taste of the rooibos is masked or obscured by the other ingredients, because the flavor of rooibos just isn’t my favorite.  But here, The Tea Spot did something a little different, something that I find every once in a while in a rooibos blend … but not often.  Here, The Tea Spot utilized the ingredients to highlight the nutty flavors of the rooibos – and they did it well!

The almond and the natural nutty tones of the rooibos work very well together, enhancing the almond notes and adding depth to the overall cup.  The vanilla not only softens the cup, but also sweetens it and manages to marry with the sweetness of the rooibos so that it doesn’t have that funky aftertaste that I so dislike.  Instead, I just taste a sweet, lingering note of vanilla together with a delicate nutty taste.

This is a very good rooibos blend – one I’d recommend to those who generally do not like rooibos.  The flavors here work so magnificently together to create a deliciously smooth cup that is cozy and comforting when served hot, and a tasty, refreshing treat when served iced.

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