Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: TeaSpree
The heady scent of Madagascar, vanilla, so sweet…
Ingredients: Organic Rooibos, ginger, licorice, clove, cinnamon & vanilla essential oil.
Before even opening the beautiful, origami-like packaging of the lovely TeaSpree pyramid sachet, I had already formulated an opinion of what I would be tasting: vanilla flavored rooibos. Vanilla & rooibos – and I was thinking: boring!
I had no idea that I would enjoy this tea as much as I am! This is really delicious!
There is a whole lot more going on in this cup than just vanilla and rooibos – the vanilla is joined by the flavors of licorice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. And in reading these ingredients, one might think that this is a masala-esque chai – but, that too, would be incorrect.
Each of the flavors, including the vanilla, is balanced so well in this cup that it becomes an almost seamless flavor. It doesn’t taste like licorice – but I can taste a whisper of the licorice. It doesn’t taste like ginger, or cloves, or cinnamon either – but I can taste hints of those flavors as well.
It isn’t so much that these flavors are extraordinary in their own right, but what these flavors do is enhance the qualities of the vanilla to make this MORE than just a vanilla flavored tea.
The organic rooibos has only a hint of it’s characteristic woodsy flavor, and absolutely none of the funky aftertaste.
A delightful treat for the evening, when I like to control the amount of caffeine – this blend is naturally caffeine free! It is sweet, smooth, and delicious!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!