Holiday Taste Testing - Cranberry Orange Cider Rooibos
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I've been looking forward to this tasting - after I blended it, my tea studio smelled amazing for days!
Cranberry Orange Cider Rooibos!
Mmm! So I had to remind myself that I was drinking rooibos - my last few taste testings have been all heavier bodied drinks and with my first couple of sips, I noticed the lighter body of the rooibos. It's actually quite refreshing to be drinking rooibos (and that's not something I say often as I generally prefer camellia sinensis to aspalathus linearis).
This is a blend of both red and green rooibos, which I tend to prefer when it comes to rooibos. I find red rooibos to be just a little too woody and can sometimes come off with a weird, sour wood kind of flavor that I'm not particularly fond of. When blended with green rooibos (or even honeybush), I find that this woodsy flavor is lightened somewhat. The green rooibos also adds more of a fruity element to the cup which accentuates the flavors of orange and cranberry quite well.
The orange is the bright star in this blend and it comes through really nicely. The cranberry comes in just a little behind the orange, offering some tart berry notes that contrast pleasantly with the sweet orange. The spices are gentle and warm here with notes of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove all detectable. The nutmeg is much lighter, I can't say that I can pick out definitive notes of nutmeg here but I doubt that this would taste quite as delightful without the hint of nutmeg that's in this.
And even though it's lighter in body than your typical tea beverage, it's a very satisfying, winter-y, cozy drink.
To brew this - again I reached for my Kati (I really love this tumbler!) and measured a heaping bamboo scoop of the tisane into the basket and added hot water (heated to 195°F) and let it steep for 10 minutes. Then I strained it and let it cool for 6 minutes