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Gingerbread Red Rooibos from Suffuse

December7

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Suffuse

Product Description:

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.

Taster’s Review:

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!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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