drank Nil Rouge by Mariage Frères
82 tasting notes

Giving this another try with an actual rating this time, the second cup from *cteresa*’s sample- I think I have enough for just one more after this.

Now this time round, plenty of different flavours came from the brew! Firstly, I’m surprised at how it seems to lack the usual pungency of rooibos that usually overtakes these kinds of blends; it’s normally the first thing to jump out at me in rooibos teas, but the first flavour in this one is lemongrass, definitely, followed by some of the spices. Perhaps I didn’t use enough tea in this brew because the flavours aren’t as strong as they could be upfront, but then I’m left with a clean, citrusy and spicy taste and some astringency/dryness on the tongue, but only a little. It’s the pleasant kind that makes me want to take another sip.

I guess this is the first clean-tasting, fresh rooibos I’ve tried! It’s pleasantly cooling rather than warming, even when served hot :)

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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