Cran-Blackberry Rooibos from 52Teas

Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

Real freeze-dried cranberries and blackberries in a blend with caffeine-free African rooibos. I may be partial to honeybush, but I’m pretty confident that rooibos was MADE for a blend like this. I’m sitting here with a big icy tumbler full of this and it is delicious. It’s renewing my faith in rooibos.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

My first reaction to this after my initial sip:  Tart!  I needed to add just a little turbinado sugar to this to help curb the tartness.  However, with just half a teaspoonful of sugar, I find that it softens that tart edge just enough for my taste buds.

Actually, I find that with that little bit of added sugar, this becomes quite a tasty tisane.  Not too sweet, pleasantly tart, and full of delicious fruit flavor.  The flavor of the rooibos is barely noticeable here, just a mere hint of nutty tones in the background, and a slight woody undertone.

I really like the fruit combination of cranberry and blackberry.  They go together very well, and this combination just seems to work with the rooibos.  Rooibos isn’t my favorite thing as many of you probably know … but I find this combination not just drinkable, but rather enjoyable.

I tried this tisane both hot and iced, and found it to be tasty served either way, although my preference is chilled.  The tartness wanes even more as it cools.  This afternoon, we experienced some unseasonably warm weather (or perhaps, it was just evidence that the warmer weather is on it’s way) … I enjoyed this over ice during the warmest part of the day – it was up to a whopping 55° which may not seem very warm, but when you take into consideration that earlier this week we had SNOW … I’d call 55° warm! – and it was very refreshing.

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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