Review: Red Leaf Tea Rooibos Bourbon

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Thumbs up!"The only comparison I can muster would be almond-littered vanilla ice cream left to melt, then put in a tea cup for swigging."
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redleafroobiosbourbon.jpgI'll confess that when I saw "bourbon" splayed on the brand of this rooibos tea, it conjured a very different image. Thoughts of a bourbon-casked aged stout beer came to mind. Don't ask me. My brain is broken. At the very least, I thought there'd be some sort of flavoring concoction that produced a bourbonesque bite.

Then I did my research.

Right on the Red Leaf website, it stated plainly that the tea was named for the Bourbon Islands; likely the isle of Réunion, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. One of their chief exports? Vanilla beans.

And guess what is the primary ingredient for this blend besides plain ol' rooibos? Ding-ding-ding. You win a...um...a review.

The dry batch smelled like vanilla pudding with nuts in it. The earthy aspect of rooibos complimented the sweet vanilla blanket. The scent was like a sin unto itself. This couldn't possibly be good for me.

I brewed 1 tablespoon of the desserty batch in 16 ounces of boiling water for five minutes. Liquor turned a deep ruby red - as per the jacket description - and smelled like a capper to a nine-course meal. The only comparison I can muster would be almond-littered vanilla ice cream left to melt, then put in a tea cup for swigging. Or a dessert port wine - heated - that left no inebriation. It also lasts through two great infusions, and a third if you really push it.

Don't drink and drive.

It's really hot.

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea Rooibos Bourbon, 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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