I wasn’t all that excited to receive another rooibos blend. As I’ve mentioned before (probably way too many times) rooibos (particularly red rooibos) is not my favorite base for a tisane. But, after hearing so many positive things about it, my skepticism was assuaged a bit.
One quick glance at the ingredient list suggests that this is – essentially – a spiced chai blend. Cinnamon, cardamom and cloves? All that’s really missing from this list is ginger … and I’ve had a few spiced chai blends that didn’t contain ginger. Not a lot, but a few.
This does smell amazing. The cardamom and cloves dominate the aroma, especially in the brewed tisane, with lovely notes of cinnamon in the background. It’s one of those beautifully warm scents that makes me want to just hold it up to my nose and smell for hours!
But eventually, the scent becomes so enthralling that I can’t help but take a sip. Oh! This is nice! The combination of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves creates such a delicious flavor that is sweet yet spicy – not a “hot” spicy, but a pleasantly warm, comforting kind of spicy – and it marries so well with the rooibos.
Usually, when I find a rooibos blend tasty, it is because I can’t taste the rooibos … but here, I can taste the rooibos, and it actually completes the cup. The nutty flavor of the rooibos rounds out the zesty spices, complementing them. And the spices seem to curb that funky sweetness that I sometimes taste with the rooibos … all I taste is sweet spice. YUM!
52Teas describes this rooibos blend as
Geeking out a bit this week, with a tribute to one of my favorite novels.
Here’s our Melange Rooibos with caffeine-free African rooibos, cinnamon, sweet green cardamom and clove. The rooibos makes a great base for these spices, and the result is amazing hot or iced. While we can’t attest to this tea’s ability to help you navigate folded space, we think it will put a smile on your face.
I didn’t know which novel 52Teas was referring to, so I had to find out more. If you’re confused too, read more about this tisane here, and check out the link that will direct you to Wikipedia page about the book.
But I guess you don’t have to be familiar with the book to enjoy this tisane, because I’m loving this! Before tasting it, I found myself wishing that a different base was used – honeybush, for example – but, now that I have tasted it, I must admit that it’s just right … just the way it is! And it tastes good hot or iced, too!