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

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.

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