|"Smooth and soothing, this easy-drinking blend should please Earl Grey fans, as there is a hint of bergamot to the finish, along with mandarin and orange notes. "|
I’ve been craving a good rooibos blend lately, and this sample fit the bill perfectly. Containing rooibos tea, cornflowers and citrus flavors, this product is certified organic as well as kosher. This is one of the rare instances where my sample really looked exactly like the picture on the website: lots of purple cornflower blossoms mingling with reddish-brown rooibos needles. Oooh pretty!
Following Big Tea House’s suggested directions, I steeped a hefty teaspoonful in 8 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes. The resulting cup presents a pleasing mandarin/vanilla aroma to the nose and a typical rooibos red liquor. Smooth and soothing, this easy-drinking blend hits the spot after a long day. It should please Earl Grey fans, as there is a hint of bergamot to the finish, along with mandarin and orange notes. The latter are noticeable yet not overbearing, as sometimes additional flavourings can be. The citrus fruit combined with the sweet caramel flavour of the rooibos gives the cup an exotic feel. The body seems faintly oily, adding a bit of punch texture-wise. A second infusion can be had, the citrus lift to the finish still present enough to be pleasant. However I wouldn’t bother with a third, as the tisane is little more than coloured water at this point.
I tend to leave rooibos to steep indefinitely in my cup, usually with no adverse effects. In this case however, the bergamot-like aftertaste becomes a bit too medicinal tasting after a while, so I wouldn’t recommend this technique. I really can’t fault this tisane for being finicky though, as we’re talking about well over 15 minutes of infusion time here.
Although not mind-blowing, this is a well blended, relatively inexpensive flavoured rooibos. It’s especially good value given that it’s certified organic. Those who like their citrus fruits in a caffeine-free, drinkable format should look no further! For more information, I encourage you to visit Big Tea House’s informative and attractive website.
» Read more about this reviewer on Sophie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Sophie.