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!)