Wow, what an incredibly hefty name! With a name like that and an ingredient list that includes red rooibos, blood orange, cranberry, lemongrass, and rose petals, this tisane is shaping up to be something superb (at least it sounds like it!) While this tea steeps in just-boiled water for five minutes (one cup of water), I take a look at the box and packaging. This tea comes in pyramid satchets for greater water flow and better brewing. A lot of teas do not benefit from pyramid infusers, much less tea bags, thanks to a lack of space in which to unfurl their leaves. However, rooibos, having no large leaves to unfurl, does just as well in this pyramid infuser as it would loose in the cup.

This cuppa smells delicious. The cranberry and rooibos are definitely the prominent scents in the steeped tea. But I know that it is the taste results for which you are waiting! So I let the tea cool down a bit. For some reason it seems as though it is taking longer than tea normally does. My first sip is very much rooibos, laced with cranberries. I was actually expecting the cranberry flavor to be a lot more prominent than it actually is. However, it is quite pleasant and supports the rooibos well from the sidelines. The aftertaste is where I detect the blood orange. It offers a slightly sweet, slightly tart finish to the sip. Overall, I am finding this tea a bit more subtle than what I originally expected, which was a blast of cranberry flavor. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea an 82/100.

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“I love trading tea and trying new teas. My favourites are oolong (mainly Chinese) and pu’erh.
Will gladly talk all day about tea.”

The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

Still more than glad to talk about tea – anytime, anywhere, anyplace.
Additionally, if fountain pens, books, music, or computers are on the discussion list…

My ratings, this “personal enjoyment scale” about which I talk, are just that – based on how much I enjoyed the tea. I might have enjoyed it immensely, yet do not keep it stocked for various reasons. On the flip side, I have a few teas that are “good” but not “great,” which I keep stocked for various reasons.



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