Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My Cuppa: Blending bonanza brew 3!

It’s time to taste test the next drink from my blending session at T-Buds. I’ve already had “Seduced By Sencha” and “My Chai To Die For”. Now I’m going to review a tisane that my group and I named “Rock Me Rooibos”.

Rooibos, which means "red bush", has been marketed as a "red tea". However, it is not a tea, which would consist of the Camellia sinensis plant. It’s a tisane that’s just red in colour. It’s good on its own, but I actually prefer it mixed with other ingredients. I especially like it with vanilla flavouring.

Rockin' ingredients!

“Rock Me Rooibos” contains the following ingredients:

  • Rooibos
  • Licorice
  • Peppermint
  • Schizandra
  • Gojiberry
  • Elderberry
  • Lemon Essence
  • Strawberry Essence

I found our blend smelled like chocolate. A bit fruity, but definitely chocolate and peppermint. I prepared my tisane my usual way, by pouring hot water over the leaves for about 3 – 5 minutes, and then separating the liquor from the wet leaves using a filter. The aroma of the golden red liquor was minty and fruity. Even the taste was minty and fruity. I could even detect the lemon essence. Overall I found it quite soothing.

Rockin' drink!

“Rock Me Rooibos” was not a bad blend, but I’m not an avid drinker of Rooibos. I usually drink it if someone offers it to me. I’m also particular about some things and I’m getting the feeling that with Rooibos, a vanilla blend works better for me. However, Rooibos is very much like tea in that it gets its characteristics from the terroir and the manufacturing process, so it’s always good to try different brands and blends. Be open to variations.

One more blend to go! Rock on!

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