Cranberry-Mint African Redbush Tea from MarketSpice

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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Anne (LiberTEAS) is a stay-at-home mom living in the Pacific Northwest.She loves tea and she loves writing – so writing tea reviews enables her to bring these two great loves together.
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