Leaf Type: Rooibos
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I received this Spicy Orange Rooibos Blend from Tea of Life as part of the African Rooibos Tea Collection Gift Set. It includes 12 tea sachets with four different varieties (3 of each variety): the Spicy Orange that I’m trying today, as well as Original Spice, Passion Fruit Mango and unflavored Rooibos. I’ll review the other flavors at another time. But for this evening, I was in the mood for an orange spiced tisane … and this seemed to fit the bill.
This has a really lovely orange and spice flavor. The orange tastes sweet and a little tangy, and the spices are warm. This isn’t a spicy tisane, it’s gentle and warm.
The sweetness of the rooibos comes through too, it’s almost a honey-esque note that reminds me more of honeybush than rooibos, and since I tend to prefer honeybush over rooibos, I’m not complaining one bit about that. The sometimes sour wood taste of rooibos isn’t there, and I’m not complaining about that either. I taste a light nutty tone in the background, and that, along with the aforementioned honey note, is all that I taste from the rooibos.
Mostly what I taste here is the orange and spice. It’s a treat to sip on a chilly evening like tonight!