Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mountain Rose Herbs Vanilla Rooibos

Country of Origin: South Africa
Leaf Appearance: small, brown and needle-like
Ingredients: rooibos, vanilla beans, vanilla flavor
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic cup and mesh strainer
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I'm in love! The rooibos blend was very well balanced and natural tasting. It was woodsy with a mellow creaminess. The vanilla lingered long into the sweet aftertaste. I had a cup before bed and it was the perfect tea to wind down after a long day. Rooibos plays well off of vanilla but it can be easily overpowered. I'm glad that did not happen here. In looking at the reviews on Steepster, I thought it was odd that so many people felt the need to cut in additional vanilla beans to this tea. I felt that the flavoring was perfectly done, not too light and not too strong. Vanilla beans are very expensive so I don't really see the benefit of doing so when the tea was just fine the way it was made. If you are a fan of sweetening your tea, this could probably stand up to some light additives but I wouldn't recommend using any milk or creamer. This is the second tea that I've tried from Mountain Rose Herbs and do so far I've been very impressed.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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