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On The 2nd Day of Christmas . . .

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Happy 2nd Day of our Christmas Countdown!

Here it is, the 2nd day of our Christmas tea countdown! Today's tea is a new tea that I crafted especially for this box. I wanted to have at least a couple of caffeine free teas for our advent box, so I decided to create a green rooibos based tea with a flavor that's inspired by the sodas that find their way onto supermarket shelves this time of year . . .

 Crisp Cranberry Soda Green Rooibos!

Tea Description: My inspiration behind this tea was the cranberry flavored lemon-lime soft drinks that come out around Thanksgiving. I thought that the best base for such a tea would be a green rooibos because it has a light, sparkling kind of taste to it naturally, and the light fruitiness of the rooibos would enhance the fruity flavors that I'd be adding to it. 

Then I added lots of cranberries to the blend and some natural flavors to create a soda like taste.

Really nice! Light and crisp and refreshing!

organic ingredients: green rooibos, cranberries and natural flavors.

The flavor of this tea is really quite lovely! So light and crisp, with the cranberry notes weaving their way in and out and lingering in the aftertaste. It reminds me very much of it's inspiration - the cranberry flavored lemon-lime soft drink - because if you taste one of those, you'll find that the cranberry tartness doesn't slap you upside the head. It's a light, sweet yet pleasantly tart flavor - just like the soda itself. This is really nice - bright and uplifting. And it's naturally caffeine-free so it's something you can enjoy any time of day!

It's sweet but not too sweet - with a really nice level of tartness to it (at least for me as I'm not a big fan of tart). The first few sips were light in flavor but now that I've taken a few sips, I pick up on more of the lemon-lime notes as well as a really lovely cranberry note. 

I'm pleased with how this turned out!

To brew: use about 1 1/2 teaspoons to 12 ounces of hot water (because this is green rooibos, I set my thermostat on my Breville to 190°F) and let it steep for 8 minutes. Because this is rooibos, you can let it steep longer without worry of bitterness - very few tannins in rooibos! So you can let this steep for 10 minutes or beyond! 

After finished steeping, strain and let cool for 5 - 10 minutes and enjoy! A teensy bit of sugar will help enhance the 'soda' experience of this tea, but it's also quite delicious without the sugar!

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