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Cranberry-Mint African Redbush Tea from MarketSpice

January28

cranberrymintTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  MarketSpice

Tisane Description:

Tart yet minty. This tea is a blend of African RedBush, Cranberry and Peppermint flavoring. High in anti-oxidants and naturally caffeine free.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

This Cranberry-Mint African Redbush Tea from MarketSpice has a really interesting combination of flavors … and it’s not what I expected at all!

I expected to taste a strong minty taste, and maybe a hint of sour cranberry.  And while the mint is indeed strong … that isn’t the first note I experience.  I taste a warm, nutty flavor from the rooibos.  It is a distinct rooibos flavor, but, at the same time it doesn’t taste like a typical rooibos.  It doesn’t have that sour wood taste, or the sometimes funky sweetness that I often associate with rooibos.  Instead … it is more of a taste that is sweet, almost honey-like (reminding me a bit of honeybush rather than rooibos!) and a warm, nutty flavor.  Hints of wood but not a sour wood.

Then I notice the fruity notes of the cranberry.  It is tangy and tart, but the sweetness from the rooibos curbs some of the tart flavor.  I really like how cranberry and rooibos taste together.  I don’t think I really realized it until I tried this tisane … but these two components work very well together.

Almost at the mid-way point of the sip, I notice the mint.  It is cool and crisp … but it isn’t a strong, distinctly peppermint kind of note.  The flavor of cranberry as well as the strong presence of the nutty tones of rooibos has managed to tone down the peppermint just a smidge, to give it a sweet, cooling effect without overwhelming the palate with minty taste.

The flavor is really surprisingly smooth.  It almost reminds me of a latte … there is almost a creaminess to this cup (and no, I didn’t add milk!) It’s really very pleasant … a very surprising, delicious cup of rooibos!  I’m really enjoying this.

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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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