Rooibos (Afrikaans for 'red bush') is a member of the legume family of plants and is used to make a tisane (herbal tea). The product has been popular in South Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries. more info about rooibos tea »
Melanie This rooibos blend from Tea Frog Tea is well named - I LOVE this tea!! According to Tea Frog: "Our most popular Rooibos blend, the Love blend is an aromatic delight that you will not be able to resist! This tea is so good, we sample it at every show, and sell out at every show! The scent and flavor are simply to die for!". The ingredients are listed as Rooibos, Safflower, Sunflower, Calendula Flower, Roses, Cornflower and Orange Peel.
The loose tea is a striking combination of colors; red rooibos leaf and rose petals, pieces of orange peel and sunny yellow calendula flowers, contrasting with vivid cornflower blue. Even before brewing the aroma is heavenly - the familiar sweetness of rooibos with strong orange notes, and although it isn't listed as an ingredient there is a hint of vanilla.
Following Tea Frog's guidelines of 1 teaspoon per cup and steeping for 5 minutes resulted in a rich rooibos red (how's that for alliteration?) cup of tea losing none of its delicious aroma in the process. The taste didn't disappoint and the combination of flavors is just right - sweet but not sugary sweet with a refreshing taste of citrus. I was able to get a second brewing with a milder but still pleasant flavor.
I haven't tried yet, but I'm sure that this blend would lend itself to an excellent iced tea - mixed 50/50 with either lemonade or orange juice and float some fresh flower petals on the surface for presentation - yummy!! With the weather getting cooler I'm more inclined to drink my tea hot but as soon as winter is over and the summer returns I will definitely give it a try.
(via Tea Reviews - Its All About The Leaf)