Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: TeaSpree
A decidedly sublime sweet, it’s the perfect dessert.
Ingredients: Organic Rooibos, Almonds, Solomon’s Seal, and Almond Essential Oil.
The aroma of the dry leaf is very pleasant – the nutty-sweet scent of the almonds together with the woodsy note of the rooibos creates a very pleasing fragrance. The brewed liquor smells a bit more of rooibos than it does of almonds, but it is still quite nice.
The flavor is surprisingly complex for a rooibos, which I generally would categorize as a thin or light tasting beverage. Here the tisane is a bit richer and even a little thicker on the palate and it presents interesting layers of flavor. This is not at all what I was expecting from this rooibos… a very happy surprise, indeed!
I can taste the woodsy note of the rooibos, it’s a little earthy but not overwhelmingly so. The almond flavor is sweet, toasty, and enhances that earthy quality of the rooibos a little bit, making it a deeper, richer taste. I normally don’t like “earthy” flavors but when paired with the sweet, nutty depth of the almond it is not only agreeable but quite tasty.
I wasn’t quite sure what Solomon’s Seal was, so I sent off an email to Tea Spree to learn more. They responded promptly and informed me that it is a plant which belongs to the Lily family, and referred me to this website for more information. It seems to be a very valuable and healthy herb, although, as I am quite unfamiliar with it, I can’t tell you how it contributes to the flavor of this particular tisane.
Regardless, Tea Spree definitely has a way with rooibos! This blend is fabulous (as is their Vanilla Rooibos, one of my faves!)
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!
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