This tea arrived at my doorstep as a sample included with my latest DAVIDsTEA order. Since I've never had rooibos before, I was excited to try it.
Let's have us a cuppa!
Out of the drawer the scissors go, the package is snipped open and first whiff is inhaled. The tea smells delicious which is a no particular surprise after noting the ingredients listed in the sample. The aroma is sweet, I detect cinnamon and a little coconut. It looks interesting too. I love the added visual touch of red peppercorns, they just look adorable in there. They are actually called pink peppercorns but they look definitely red to me.
I brew this tea according to the instructions on the packet. The aroma now fills the kitchen, it's sweet and spicy, I'm loving it.
As I take the first sip my socks are being knocked off. This stuff is amazing! It's smooth and slightly sweet with no astringency, only pure and gentle love. The coconut has now taken a back seat and what I really taste is apples and cinnamon, and let me tell you, I love apples and cinnamon. The fact that rooibos is naturally caffeine free it's an added bonus. I can drink this concoction and not worry about climbing the walls! Awesome!
The color is very pleasing to my eye, deep orange red and it tastes as good as it looks.
The only problem I find with this tea is that among listed ingredients there is also artificial flavoring. I don't mean to be a pain in the behind but I tend to exclude anything made with artificial flavoring from my food and drink list. This tea will be no exception but I am so impressed with the aroma and taste that I will look for something similar to this in the organic and all natural department.
Oh yes, I'm inspired to do one more thing. Find me a jar of pink peppercorns. Until today I didn't know about their existence and now I want these little guys.
Ingredients: Rooibos, coconut, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, pink peppercorns, natural and artificial flavouring
Brewing temperature: Boiling
Brewing time: 7 minutes
Brewed in: Chinese blue and white ceramic teapot