Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Sands of Thyme on Etsy
Ingredients: rooibos, cocoa bits, ginger bits, cinnamon, roasted chicory root, barley malt, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, flavor, black pepper
This tisane has a very interesting flavor. When I ordered it, I had expected it to be a spicy/sweet kind of taste, but, I don’t know that I would classify it as either spicy or sweet. I would call it savory.
But I consider this a nice surprise as my expectations were based entirely on the name of the tea and list of ingredients – not a lot to go on.
The rooibos offers a mellow woodsy/nutty tone to the cup that is further accentuated by the spices. The malt adds a certain richness to it, and the chicory adds a savory bitterness to the cup. The combination of these ingredients plus the spices give the tisane a very well-rounded flavor that I don’t usually experience with rooibos tisanes.
As I said, the spices themselves – the cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper – don’t create a very spicy blend – it is spiced, certainly. It just isn’t spicy as the spices are very much in harmony with one another. That being said, there is a hint of peppery tingle that hits the tongue in the finish that I find rather enchanting and keeps me sipping.
If I were to change anything about this blend, it would be the level of chocolate flavor. It is not nearly as chocolate-y as I would like it to be. That being said, the chocolate flavor does develop a bit as the tisane cools slightly, but it is still more savory spice than it is chocolate.
This is the first of several teas I’ve ordered from Sands of Thyme, and it is a pleasant one. Maybe not my favorite rooibos blend, but one that I certainly enjoyed and am glad I tried. It is one that I’d recommend to those who enjoy a savory, full-flavored tisane.
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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