My parents have been drinking this cold brewed for the last couple of weeks, and are apparently really enjoying it. I don’t remember inviting them to help themselves, but there you go! I decided to cold brew a litre of this for myself before it’s all gone, and I’ve also brought enough with me for a hot cup, just so I can compare.
The cold brew to start with, though. When I took this out of the fridge this morning, I was a little concerned to see it still looking so pale. Usually honeybush and rooibos brew up pretty dark, but this one is a pale reddish straw colour. I had a little sip just to make sure it actually tasted of something, and, despite appearances, it does! It’s a little on the weak side for me — possibly I need to add more leaf next time — but it tastes deliciously sweet and fruity. The honeybush contributes a lot of the sweetness, I think, although it doesn’t taste over much of honeybush, if that makes sense. I can definitely taste strawberry, with a hint of creaminess from the marshmallow. There’s a touch of pineapple in there somewhere, I think, which combines with the strawberry to make an interestingly odd flavour in the aftertaste. I guess it might as well be called pineberry — it’s certainly nothing that exists in nature! The dry leaf smelled quite strongly of bubblegum, but that’s not something that really energes in the brewed tea. It’s just sweet and fruity, light and delicate. Perfect for this time of year! I’m looking forward to trying a cup hot later!