Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: 52Teas
I may have mentioned last week that spring often puts me in mind of fall, which is really my favorite-est season of all. There is something magical about the leaves turning to gold and rust and carpeting the lawn, the smell of woodsmoke as people get their fireplaces going again and the autumn harvest the last of the fresh honey for the year. I tried to come up with a blend that screamed “Autumn” this week, and I think, well, I’ll let you tell me if I’ve succeeded or not.
I started with a nice caffeine-free rooibos base for that tinge of woodiness it has which I associate with leaves crackling underfeet and old trees battening down the hatches for the approaching winter. I added some fresh, organic cinnamon chips, and bits of organic vanilla beans, because what is fall without a little spice? Then I finished everything off with natural honey, vanilla and cinnamon flavors, in that order. The result is autumn in a cup, as I see it. I look forward to hearing what you think.
I am so happy Autumn is here! Autumn is not only Frank’s “favorite-est” season of the year, it is mine too. That being said, I wasn’t as enthusiastic about trying his tea-ribute to the season. Rooibos? Not my favorite.
But I’d like to clarify that I was not enthusiastic to try this tea, but now that I have tried it, I am really liking it! I guess the old saying is true: don’t judge a book by it’s cover … err… don’t judge a tea before tasting it.
This is really quite tasty. The woody-nutty flavor of the rooibos melds with the flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and honey perfectly. The sip starts out with a zesty kick of cinnamon, with the vanilla arriving just after the cinnamon to smooth things out. The woody undertones of the rooibos are there throughout the sip, but they do not overwhelm the flavors. At the finish, the honey-esque tones emerge, and impart a sweet aftertaste that is lightly sprinkled with cinnamon.
Yes, I do think that Frank has successfully captured the essence of autumn with this blend. And as an artist, I can appreciate the many flavors of autumn as they come to life in my teacup; I liken it to watching the colors of autumn come to life as the season progresses. It is truly beautiful!
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!