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Tea of the Week for December 10, 2018: Vanilla Toffee Rooibos!

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Vanilla Toffee Rooibos!

Tea Description: As some of you are probably aware, I'm not the biggest fan of red rooibos. I don't hate the stuff, but I don't love it and there was a time when I would have told you that I just didn't like it. Again, I didn't hate it or have an aversion to it, but I just didn't care for the stuff. And while I can't say that I love the stuff now, I think I like it maybe just a tad more than I used to - at least in blends - and I have come to appreciate the nutty, honeyed sweetness of the herb. 

And it's just that sweet, honey-esque, nutty flavor that I was wanting for a base when it came to the flavor combination of vanilla and toffee. I thought that a hint of nuttiness and touch of honey-like sweetness would work well with the sweet, creamy flavors of vanilla and toffee. And as I sit here, sipping this, I must conclude that I was correct - this is so tasty!

I don't know what really to say about this tea except YUM! Oh, and it's naturally caffeine-free, organic, VEGAN, gluten free and allergen free!

organic ingredients: rooibos, vanilla beans, calendula petals, cornflower petals & natural flavors

I am really enjoying this. I must admit that I do have a bit of apprehension when it comes to testing red rooibos blends because as I said in the above description, I'm just not big on rooibos. So there's always a small part of me that cries "ah, man, do I have to?" Although, admittedly, that part of me is getting smaller as I continue down my path as the Mad Tea Artist, that small part of me still does it's whimpering and whining act when it comes to taste testing rooibos. Fortunately, after I brewed this and smelled it - that small part of me seemed satiated because it smells incredible.

Then - after a brief cooling period - I tasted it and I think that small part of me actually smiled. 

The sip starts out with a lovely vanilla note that is quickly met with a hint of sweet, buttery toffee. The nuttiness of the rooibos really plays well to that toffee flavor. The vanilla offers a very pleasant creaminess to the cup. After a while, I get to the point where I forget that I'm actually drinking rooibos - and I'm just enjoying the sweet treat that is in my teacup! 

to brew: give the pouch a good shake to make sure that you blend the ingredients. As with most rooibos blends, I suggest you go a little heavier with the leaf than you would with other teas. I suggest 4 1/2 grams to 12 ounces of hot water (195°F) and let steep for 8 to 10 minutes (or longer if you like - this tea won't grow bitter as it is very low in tannins!), strain and allow to cool for a bit - at least 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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