Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: 52Teas
It’s been a while since we did a rooibos blend, but I think the sweet apple and uniquely spicy cardamom go well with the caffeine-free redbush. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and I hope you order a bunch of it, so I’ll have gas money to get back from Ft. Worth. (Just kidding! …sort of.)
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Mmm! Yummy! This Apple Cardamom flavored Rooibos is a really well-crafted blend from 52Teas. The apple and cardamom notes meld beautifully with the nutty tones of the rooibos. It’s a tisane that screams autumn!
But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The aroma of both the dry leaf and the brewed tisane is delightful. I can smell the sweet notes of apple, and the warm notes of the cardamom, and hints of a woody, earthy scent from the rooibos. It even SMELLS like autumn!
I don’t usually get all giddy over rooibos blends. Most rooibos blends are met with somewhat of a ho-hum kind of attitude from me, I’m kind of blasé about most of the rooibos blends. There are some that I just don’t like at all, and the majority of them are alright … but like I said, I’m relatively indifferent. I could take ’em or leave ’em. But every once in a while, I’ll find one that knocks my socks off. (OK, I am not wearing socks at the moment, but you know what I’m saying, right?) This is one of those that is knocking my socks off.
It’s like I said … the sweet, nutty, woody tones of the rooibos just work really well with the sweet apple notes. There’s just a hint of tartness from the apple too. Just enough for a little bit of contrast. And the cardamom adds a pleasing amount of warmth to the cup. It’s a crisp, almost-peppery, spicy-sweet taste that I get from the cardamom, and it plays beautifully with the apple. Cinnamon seems to be the popular spice to mix with apple … but, I am really liking the way the cardamom tastes with the apple … perhaps even better than the cinnamon. Next time I make my baked apples, I think I’m going to have to use cardamom in the recipe because this is just … perfectly delightful!
Because of the autumnal taste of this tisane, I have to say that I really do prefer it served warm. It’s got that warm, cozy taste of apple cider. It’s tasty iced too, but, I prefer it hot. It doesn’t need sweetener … but if you really want to add some, try some brown sugar (just a pinch of it!) to enhance the cardamom.
PS: Don’t forget to visit Zoomdweebie’s fundraising campaign to help Frank re-open his tea bar!
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!