Rhubarb + Custard Rooibos Blend from Bluebird Tea Co.

rhubarb_custardTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Bluebird Tea Co.

Tisane Description:

Hardy British super fruit, much loved vintage cartoon characters, top boiled sweet and crumble of the gods… Rhubarb + Custard really is a pairing made in heaven. This naturally caffeine free, antioxidant rich rooibos tea blend will satisfy your sweet tooth with less than 1 calorie p/cup! Sounds like a super sweet deal to us!

Ingredients: Rooibos, Rhubarb pieces, Calendula, Stevia.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

I am sure I’ve probably mentioned this before with previous “rhubarb” teas, but I have never actually eaten rhubarb.  At least, not that I can remember.  But I’ve had rhubarb flavor in a couple of different teas and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve tasted.

To brew this tisane, I put 1 bamboo scoop of tisane into the basket of my Kati Tumbler and then filled it (12 ounces) with water heated to 195°.  Then, because it’s a rooibos tisane (with no hibiscus in it, yay!) I steeped it for 10 minutes.

The aroma:  I definitely smell the custard!  As I’m not very familiar with rhubarb, I don’t know if I smell it or not.  I do smell vague notes of rooibos, but mostly what I smell is custard!

The taste:  I definitely taste rooibos.  I am tasting that honeyed, nutty flavor from the rooibos.  The stevia adds a little bit of sweetness and I’m finding that I am not minding the presence of the stevia as much as I normally do in teas/tisanes where stevia is an ingredient.  For those of you who read my reviews regularly, you’re probably aware that I don’t like it when tea companies add stevia or other sweetener to the tea because I like to decide how much – if any! – sweetener I’m going to add to my tea.  But here, I don’t taste a distinct stevia taste and the sweetness is gentle and seems to be curbing some of the rhubarb’s tartness so I’m not minding that the stevia is there.

I can taste the rhubarb here.  My first few sips, I didn’t really recognize the tartness of the rhubarb, but as I continued to sip, the flavor of the rhubarb developed.  It is especially noteworthy in the aftertaste where I’m experiencing that tingly, tarty sensation on my tongue.

And I can taste the custard!  It is sweet and creamy and it (together with the stevia) softens the rhubarb’s tart.

This is actually quite a tasty treat.  At first, (about my first 1/3 of the cup, really), I wasn’t really sure what I was tasting but I was enjoying it.  Now that the tartness of the rhubarb has become identifiable and the custard notes have become more noticeable, I’m really enjoying this custard-y, rhubarb-y tisane.

Another winner from Bluebird!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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!

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