Review: Culinary Teas Cinnamon Spice Rooibos

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Thumbs up!"The rosehips and hibiscus have a very minor presence and seem to be there to add a touch of tart to the apple giving it a little authenticity...more like a Granny Smith Apple than a Red Delicious."
Laura’s Teaview: 8/10
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"Rooibos is also known as Red Bush or Red Tea. There is good synergy between rooibos and spicy hot cinnamon flavoring. If you want to try something very delicious, make this herbal tea into a decaf latte." ---Culinary Teas website.

This particular offering was formerly known as Market Spice Rooibos and I also saw it referred to as Le Marche Spice Rooibos on their website. The dry sample package smells mostly like cinnamon and spices. There are also some little dried husks and pieces of other ingredients that piqued my curiosity and sent me out to the Culinary Teas website to find out what the were. The ingredients in this one are Rooibos, Rosehip shells, Almond pieces, Dried Apple, Hibiscus, and Natural flavors. I was surprised to see that rosehips shells and hibiscus were amongst the ingredients and, frankly, a little nervous. Rosehips and hibiscus tend to be somewhat tart ingredients and I do not always appreciate their presence in a blend. However, I was also intrigued as it seems a bit unique to see those ingredients in a spicy blend. I was also surprised to see that cinnamon was not actually listed among the ingredients.

I brewed this using water brought to a full boil and infused it for about 6 min. The blend is nice and spicy with cinnamon dominating the cup in a very warming way. To my surprise the apple actually has a fair amount of presence in the cup. The rosehips and hibiscus have a very minor presence and seem to be there to add a touch of tart to the apple giving it a little authenticity...more like a Granny Smith Apple than a Red Delicious. This kind of gives the blend this delicious flavor that reminds of a really good oatmeal with bits of apple pieces. I have had a Market Spice blend before with a black tea base, but never one with a rooibos base and have to say that this one is very well done. I also don't remember there being much of an apple presence in the other Market Spice blend that I tried. I did find that I enjoyed this best with just a couple of rocks of brown German Rock Cane sugar and also found that a splash of almond milk was most satisfying in this blend.

Overall, I like this blend quite well and could see this not only as a solid night time blend, but also a great caffeine free alternative in the morning with breakfast. I also really like the almond milk when preparing this latte-style. Nom, nom! This is a tasty blend that is unlikely to disappoint. Further, a 4 oz bag of this will set you back only $8.50. This one is definitely worth consideration if you are looking for that Market Spice flavor profile without the caffeine. I also really enjoyed the contribution from the apple in this one. Thumbs up!

— To purchase Culinary Teas Cinnamon Spice Rooibos, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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