Thursday, April 24, 2008

Rooibos Natural

Tea: Rooibos Natural - 9000
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $4.00 / 50g
Source: South Africa
Vendor Description: Rooibos is a type of herb originally grown in South Africa. It has very little tannin, resulting in a mild taste of little astringency and it has a fresh crisp smell of dried plants.

Leaf: The leaf for this tisane has a rather normal red rooibos color. I have noticed two primary forms of rooibos, the red and green varieties. This is obviously of the red variety. The leaf emits a very strong rooibos smell, which reminds me somewhat of tanbark.

1st Infusion: The taste for this tisane was very empty. It is not empty in that the flavor is weak, but it feels like there is a certain component of flavor right in the middle of the flavor that should be there, but instead just shows the flavor of the water instead. The flavor for this tea hits you at the very front and then slowly tapers off. It lingers at the back of your mouth for a while. This is a pretty normal tasting rooibos flavor.

Rating: 4/10

Conclusion: This is a very average rooibos. If you are looking for a good indicator of what rooibos tastes like, this is a good choice for you. Personally I have yet to find a rooibos that really peaks my interest, so I was rather unimpressed by this.

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