Cranberry and Raspberry Rooibos

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Fruit Rooibos Blend
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  • “I don't know what to say about this. The dry leaf smells exactly like English winegums. Fruity, sweet and... winegum-y. When I first smelled that I thought it was funny. Then I tasted the...” Read full tasting note
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Description.
Rooibos is only grown in a small area in the Cederberg region in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Rooibos is a herbal tisane, as it stems from the bush Aspalathus linoaris and not from the tea bush Camellia sinensis. Rooibos has become a very popular tisane due to the sweet flavour and the high content of vitamin C, minerals and protein.
Rooibos is a perfect kiddie-tea and evening tea, as it is 100% caffeine-free
Bits of dried raspberry and cranberry has been added to this rooibos

Lovely fresh fruit flavour.

Brewing
Rooibos is brewed in a preheated pot
The water must not boil for very long, as that boils the oxygen out of the water.
Use 1 tsp tea per cup
95°C water is poured over the leaves.
Steeping time: 3-4 minutes
As the leaves give the best result if they are allowed to float freely, it is a good idea to use a spacious sieve in the preheated pot, or pour the finished tea into a second preheated pot.

Tips
If you only brew one cup/glass at the time, you can use a cup-strainer or ‘do-it-yourself’ teabags where the leaves can float freely and give the fine aroma. By usage of cup-strainer or ‘do-it-youself’ teabags you can also steep the leaves a second time.

Keep in a dry, cool place.

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I don’t know what to say about this.

The dry leaf smells exactly like English winegums. Fruity, sweet and… winegum-y. When I first smelled that I thought it was funny.

Then I tasted the brew and it still reminds me most of all of winegums, only this time we are talking about hot, melted, liquid winegums, and I’m not sure it’s really so funny anymore.

It’s definitely cranberry and definitely raspberry and I get the rooibos itself in the background and the aftertaste, so all that is really in order. It doesn’t even come across as very synthetic.

But.

I just can’t shake that whole winegum association. Not right now anyway.

I have found that with regular teas I can usually tell with the first cup how well I like something. It’s rare these days that something needs time to grow on me. When it does happen it’s usually a question of finding the first cup kind of meh and then discovering myself to be drinking the same thing again for the next three days, and that’s not really the same thing, is it? It isn’t to me anyway.

Rooibos, however. Rooibos, I’m almost always meh about at first and then find myself more and more pleased with as I drink them more. That cherry flavoured one from LPdT is a good example of this.

This of course makes rating them an interesting affair where I can either rate them according to the initial reaction and then adjust them upwards (it’s almost never downwards) later on as I become more familiar with it, or I can make an attempt at guessing where it’s likely to end up in the end. I prefer the former. It seems more honest.

So what have we got here, then. Liquid winegum, raspberry and cranberry. In theory, I should think this berry combination very nice, but the winegum association is breaking it for me right now. I think any rating adjustment later will have to depend on whether or not I can shed that. Other than that it’s strongly fruity and actually feels juicy to drink, but I wonder if maybe it doesn’t have a flavouring that is actually just a wee bit too strong here?

(Also, a different thought. I once had a black tea with orange and cranberry. I suspect this combination might work well in a rooibos too. Just… throwing that out there.)

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