Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tiesta Tea Red Rose Rooibos

Country of Origin: South Africa
Leaf Appearance:somewhat dusty, small needle-like with mixed in flower petals
Ingredients:rooibos tea, linden blossoms, rose petals, orange bits, lemon bits
Steep time:7 minutes
Water Temperature:205 degrees
Preparation Method:Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Liquor:rust

I've enjoyed several other selections from Tiesta Tea but this tea was little disappointing. The taste was flat and although it was citrusy, it lacked the zing that I was expecting. The flower petals really didn't add much as far as flavor but the dry tea had a potpourri-like look to it. I was even missing the characteristic sweet, woodsy taste of the rooibos. I'm not huge fan of "red tea" to begin with but this blend did nothing for me. I really couldn't spot the fruit bits so I think that may be where the problem lies. They might have been better off using whole peels or even just orange and lemon zest. I would probably not recommend this tea.