Blueberry Lemon Rooibos from Curiositea makes me think of muffins– top of the muffin to you!
The nutty rooibos paired with these fruit flavors remind me of blueberry muffins with lemon peel, or a delectable lemon poppyseed cake. The lemon of this blend is more creamy than tart, and comes through slightly stronger than the blueberry.
There is a darker sweetness in the undertones of this brew that keeps the lemon from getting too sharp, and I must credit this flavor to the blueberries.
When iced, the flavor combination in this blend could pass for blueberry lemonade rooibos. There is a perfect balance between deep, sweet blueberries and bright, citrus lemon.
The flavors help keep this blend super smooth and drinkable, even for a rooibos base. This is a versatile herbal tea and has quickly become a staple in my decaf selections.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Curiositea
This tea doesn’t appear to be in season on Curiositea at the moment, but they have several other intriguing rooibos flavors.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
Leaf Type: Fruit Tisane
Where to Buy: Fusion Teas
Everyone’s favorite – blueberry muffins fresh from the oven. Our exciting composition captures this aroma perfectly. The intense taste of sweet ripe blueberries in combination with the natural colorful ingredients result in a taste experience, which seems to come straight from heaven.
When I poured this tisane into my mug, I was a little worried after seeing how dark and thick it was. It looked like it was going to be a very hibiscus-heavy tisane. Fortunately, though, I recognized the hibiscus as I was measuring it into my tea maker, and I knew that it was better not to brew it for the recommended steep time of 10 – 12 minutes. Instead, I set the timer for 5 minutes and crossed my fingers.
The fragrance of the brewed tisane is really incredible. It smells like warm blueberry muffins.
And, actually, this is pretty tasty, despite the hibiscus. Actually, the flavor of the hibiscus is less noticeable than its contributions to the color and texture to the liquor. I can still taste it, but it isn’t nearly as strong a flavor as I thought it might be.
The flavor isn’t as “blueberry muffin-ish” as the aroma might lead one to think. It is blueberry, but not muffin. I can also taste the apple and the caramel. That’s right. I said caramel. And I think it is the caramel that makes this tisane rate so high on the YUM scale. The ingredient list shows yogurt pieces as one of the components to this tisane as well, but I don’t really taste much from it. Perhaps a little bit here and there, but, it isn’t a strong presence.
Overall, an enjoyable cup. I can’t say that this is my favorite blend from Fusion Tea Room, because it isn’t, but, it is tasty. I think I might have enjoyed it more if it had more of a cake-y/muffin-y flavor in there, and while we’re at it, it would be better if there was less hibiscus. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it, and I guess that’s what really counts, right?
Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Here’s our caffeine-free African rooibos, blended with sweet, dried dates, walnuts and natural flavors, including a touch of natural butter flavor (just a little pat on your muffin)–and yes, this tea is still 100% vegan.
This one scared me when I first opened the pouch, because the aroma of the dry leaf isn’t all that great. But once the tisane is brewed, the smell becomes quite delicious. It smells like freshly baked muffins!
I taste the date, I taste the walnut. I can even taste a cake-y kind of flavor with a hint of butter. So far, so good. This tisane delivers what the name of it says it will. And I can see where the rooibos melds with the other flavors to help build the muffin flavor.
Unfortunately, as I’ve said before, I’m not wild about rooibos. However, when flavored/blended, more often than not, I can enjoy the tisane even though it’s rooibos. Sadly, though, this happens to be one of those times when I can’t get past that rooibos flavor. It’s just not working for me here.
Yes, 52Teas is still my favorite tea company, and I’m really glad that I got to try this blend. This tisane DOES have all the flavors it suggests in its title, so it is what it says it is. So if the idea of a Date Nut Muffin in a teacup appeals to you, then I hope you’ll try it for yourself (and if you do like it, please comment here, I’d love to have some positive remarks about this tea here!)
That being said, I can’t say I liked something if I didn’t, and I’m just not digging it. I guess they all can’t be winners… and more often than not, 52Teas’ blends are winners with me. This one just isn’t a win for me. (Sorry Frank!)