Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Suffuse
Unique blend of Red Rooibos & traditional gingerbread. All natural ginger root coated with butterscotch and spiced with cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg evokes home-baked Festive Enchantment.
This is one of four flavors that are part of the Festive Medley collection, and so far, I think it’s my favorite (I still haven’t tried the Apple Pie though!) The other two that I’ve tried (Eggnog and Pumpkin Pie) have been tasty and I quite enjoyed them, but, if I had to choose one as my favorite, this one would be it.
The red rooibos base seems to unite harmoniously (and almost seamlessly) with the gingerbread flavorings. It is as though someone took a piece of gingerbread and served it to me in liquefied form!
The ginger here is not spicy or peppery hot, although it does deliver a comfortable snap of warmth that is similar to what I would experience if I were eating a piece of gingerbread. The ginger flavor develops as I continue to sip my way down to the bottom of my cup, but it never really becomes overwhelmingly hot. It increases the heat ever so slightly while always maintaining a comfortable level and is pleasantly sweet, but not too sweet.
The individual flavors here seem to come together to create a powerful, unique flavor; but when I attempt to concentrate on a single flavor I find it rather difficult. It is as though the flavors – individually – are quite weak, but together they stand strong. For example, I can taste the vanilla here, but if I were to try to focus on the vanilla, I would have to say that the vanilla is a rather soft note.
The same is true for the cinnamon, nutmeg and butterscotch. For that matter, the same is true of the rooibos base! It has a light nutty flavor that works so well with these flavors and there is very little transition between flavors. This is synergy at its best! All of these flavors are in there, I can taste them, but, they work together so well that they cannot (and should not) be divided.
I am really glad I got the opportunity to try this delicious rooibos blend. It is a delightful holiday treat!
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!