Review: KTeas Rumtopf Fruit Tisane

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Thumbs up!"I've had many whole-fruit tisanes that are subtle to the point of being weak, but this is an assertive, vibrant tisane, and absolutely delicious—with sugar. "
Lynn’s Teaview: 9/10
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kteasfruittisaneApparently Rumtopf is a "dessert of fruit, rum, and sugar." I've never had that, but when I opened my sample and sniffed the contents I was reminded strongly of my Great Aunt Edith's delicious rum-drenched Christmas fruitcakes: mellow rum, raisins, citrus. This tisane actually contains hibiscus blossoms, wineberries, elderberries, strawberries, raspberries, and natural flavor which I'm assuming is the rum. It's a very dark mix; the raisin-like dried fruit is almost black, interspersed with bits of red hibiscus.

I steeped a rounded teaspoonful in 8 oz of 208F water for five minutes. This produced a deep garnet red cup that smelled like freshly crushed berries. The flavor, however, was a shrill sort of sour I associate with hibiscus blossoms. Fortunately, a teaspoon of organic sugar tamed that and let the other flavors blossom through. The berries are fresh and tasty, with a definite caneberry tang. The rum is a mellow undertone, with a touch of rum-raisin in the finish. I've had many whole-fruit tisanes that are subtle to the point of blandness, but this is an assertive, vibrant tisane, and absolutely delicious—with sugar.

A second five minute steeping produced a drinkable but less impressive cup, paler in both hue and flavor. I examined the contents of the infuser and was amazed to see recognizable, reconstituted berries. They were very dark and all one color, but berry-shaped nonetheless.

Overall, Rumtopf is unique and tasty. It would make a very nice dessert tisane or a good snack to satisfy those pesky sweets cravings. With a splash of real rum, it might even make a nice toddy!

— To purchase KTeas Rumtopf Fruit Tisane, 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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