|"I have also enjoyed similar tisanes infused in apple cider (served hot) and also paired with an equal amount of a cinnamon rooibos (served iced) and found those concoctions to be more enjoyable than this as a stand-alone drink---hot or cold. "|
Samovar is a tea company that I have heard very good things about from a number of people and ones' whose opinions I respect. Was that grammatically correct? I recently placed an order from them for a number of samples so that I could try a few things out before committing to large quantities. However, this sample did not come from my own personal sample stash, but rather from one that they sent to Teaviews. When I visited the Samovar website (their website is beautifully done) to get a description of the blend, I found that the description of the blend and the ingredients are not unfamiliar to me. I suspect that I have tried this blend before or one very similar to it.
One thing about this blend is that the aroma is amazing and does remind me of a mulled wine. The ingredients are very colorful and I agree with Samovar's recommendation to shake the package a bit to make sure that you get a scoop representative of all the ingredients. I prepared the blend with water brought to a full boil and infused the tisane a full five min. I also added a healthy dose of German rock cane sugar to my tea maker to offset the tartness from the hibiscus. The cup brews up to a beautiful berry red color and the aroma from the prepared cup is also amazingly delicious. This cup lives up to my recollection of other similar blends in that the hot cup doesn't really do it for me. The hibiscus is a bit too tart in the hot cup and the balance of it and the licorice root, which is not my favorite flavor (though it has grown on me through the years), is a bit off. However, I find this blend to be somewhat more enjoyable as an iced drink (though the hibiscus is still strong enough that it still requires a healthy dose of sugar). As an FYI, I have also enjoyed similar tisanes infused in apple cider (served hot) and also paired with an equal amount of a cinnamon rooibos (served iced) and found those concoctions to be more enjoyable than this as a stand-alone drink---hot or cold. In fact, I will likely enjoy the rest of my sample blended with some cinnamon rooibos and over ice---THAT is a tasty drink.
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