Vanilla African Redbush Tea from MarketSpice

Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  MarketSpice

Tisane Description:

The addition of Vanilla flavoring and Chamomile to our standard African RedBush provides a rich and satisfying cup of tea. Add honey for that extra zing. High in anti-oxidants and naturally caffeine free.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a really nice vanilla flavored rooibos blend.  Normally, chamomile is not my favorite thing, but, I like the addition of chamomile here.  It adds just enough of something different to the cup to keep it interesting.

The aroma of the dry leaf is quite distinctive.  It smells of tobacco – like the pipe tobacco that my step-mother would buy for my dad as she attempted to encourage him to smoke a pipe.  She liked the smell of pipe smoke.  I am not particularly fond of the smell of the smoke, but I liked the smell of tobacco (is it called “raw” tobacco when it’s not smoked and still in the package?)

But I’ll be honest, it throws me off a bit when I smell that fragrance in a tea.  I find the smell of pipe tobacco pleasant but it doesn’t smell like something I want to consume, you know what I mean?  But, once it started brewing, the aroma became much more like rich vanilla and less like tobacco.

The flavor is very pleasant.  It has a smooth, creamy vanilla taste with a hint of nutty rooibos in the background.  The woody tones of the rooibos come out as well, and I like the way they meld with the vanilla notes.  The chamomile is very light, but I can taste that hint of apple-like flavor from the chamomile.

Overall, it’s a very enjoyable tea.  I especially enjoy it later in the evening while watching TV, it’s got such a relaxing quality to it.  Very nice!


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