Tea of the Week for July 16, 2018: Lemon Coconut Rooibos!
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Lemon Coconut Rooibos!
Tea Description: I don't recall what inspired me to bring these two flavors together, but I'm really glad I did because this tastes amazing! The lemon is bright without the sour I normally associate with lemon because the coconut smooths out the sour note of the lemon. The coconut is sweet and creamy but balanced out with the tangy notes of the lemon. It reminds me a lot of lemon curd, but a sweeter lemon curd thanks to the coconut.
I started with a combination of organic green and red rooibos so that I could get the nutty notes from the red and the sweet, fruity notes from the green - and then added lots of lemon, lemon balm and coconut! It's organic, vegan, naturally caffeine-free & gluten free!
Seriously, this is one that you'll need to try! I think you're going to love it! A perfect summertime treat!
organic ingredients: green rooibos, red rooibos, coconut, lemon, lemon balm & natural flavors.
This tisane is really fantastic! The lemon is bright and just slightly tangy, but not as tangy or sour as you might be used to with a lemon-y tea because the coconut gives this a sweet creaminess that is absolutely delightful. Not too lemony, not too coconut-y - but a balance between the two that is really quite nice!
The rooibos adds a light note of nutty tones to the background, but it's something that I don't really pick up on unless I'm really focusing and trying to find those flavors. In fact, I don't really notice much of the rooibos at all - really, this is more about the flavors of coconut and lemon!
Imagine if you would: coconut water that's been blended well with a splash of coconut cream (because this is much creamier than coconut water on it's own) and then adding a squeeze of fresh lemon. That's what I'm tasting now - and I absolutely love it!
This tastes good hot, but I think I like it even better as an iced tea!
to brew: start with 4 - 5 grams of tea (1 heaping teaspoon and another half teaspoon) to 12 ounces of hot water (190°F) and allow to steep for at least 8 minutes. You can steep longer without fear of it going bitter because ... rooibos. Rooibos don't have the high tannin content that tea leaves have, so you don't get that bitterness with rooibos. (Also, no caffeine!) strain and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. enjoy!