Earl Grey Rooibos

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Herbal Rooibos Blend
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Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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Although Earl Grey is normally associated with England and good strong Ceylon and Chinese teas, this unique variety is closely tied to South Africa, in particular the town of Howick. The reason for this is two fold. For one, the Rooibos that forms the base of this blend is grown near the town. The second is that the town is named after Earl Grey himself. In fact, History tells us that Henry George Grey, the 3rd Earl of Grey was also known as British Colonial Secretary Viscount Howick. Howick lent his name to the new town as it was being formed near the Mgeni River in KwaZulu Natal back in the 1800’s. The town developed as European settlers moved to the country and began to populate the more remote corners of the territory. Howick accommodated the needs of the droves of settlers and wagon-drivers that crossed the river as they went looking for farmland. The weary travelers would stop for refreshment, supplies and a well needed break from the trail.

It seems fitting that this tea share its name with a man whose name – or one of them at least – became synonymous with repose and refreshment. Interestingly it was Howick, the 3rd Earl of Grey who first conceived of the idea of allowing free trade between England and her colonies. Like all great Earl Grey teas, this tea is flavored with all natural Bergamot oil. Brew yourself a pot and note how well the citrus character engages with the mellow herbal character of the Rooibos. The taste is truly sublime.

Ingredients: Luxury rooibos, Cornflower petals, Natural flavors

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This drinking experience did not start off as love at first sip. It took a little half and half, plus sweetener to get this to be amazing. I really enjoyed that there seemed to be rooibos with a hint of citrus. Both flavors played really nice with one another. There was a little something extra on the finish with this one and I’m guessing it was the blue cornflower. I might have to pick up more than just a sample the next time I visit.

Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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