A regal deep orange color, this herbal infusion is extravagant and classy, with richly nuanced rooibos complimented by an elaborate bouquet of fruits and flowers.
At a gentle steep, the apple jumps out crisp, delicately sweet, followed by a bright buzz across the tongue, sunny citrus amplified by just a hint of tart hibiscus. Flavors are bright and juicy, gently citric with a lingering subtle sweetness. The blood orange flavorings also stand out most clearly at a light 2-3 min steep, but we found that the really magically complex cup profile came with longer steeping.
This masterfully designed herbal blend offers a whole range of fantastic flavors! With longer steeping the liquor turns darker, more full-bodied, and the tartness of hibiscus takes up a lot of space in the center of the cup, but also sweet-smelling rose petals tickle the palate as aromatic notes of vanilla, cedar, and pipe tobacco in the rooibos gradually become deeper and richer. You may also detect minor notes of melon, honey, strawberry. After a very long steep (10 or more minutes), this infusion is orange-brown, a smooth-bodied cup with flavors harmoniously mellowed as rooibos takes center stage, coaxing the flavor profile into more aromatic and woodsy, robust dark tones. Still bright over the tongue, but noticeably less citric, this well-rounded pleasant cup features tartness in front of full malty/earthy tones, almost like a black tea with lemon and orange (but of course, no caffeine!).
This unique herbal blend is really something special, a must try! It is really fun to try it at different steeps, similar to the spectrum of light to dark roasted coffee. Also makes fantastic iced tea – it might even remind you of an orange creamsicle, with creamy body and subtly sweet, well-rounded flavors of rooibos wrapped up inside tangy orange!
Rooibos, or “red bush,” is native to the western coast of South Africa, and it has been harvested from the wild for millennia. Only recently has it been cultivated, but with a high reputation as a cheap and delicious caffeine-free tea alternative, in less than 100 years its popularity has spread to every continent. Rooibos is frequently used to substitute tea in herbal blends. The tiny leaves have a malty sweetness reminiscent of black tea, but also a variety of their own unique accents, with strawberry, honey, and vanilla notes, as well as earthy and tobacco undertones. Check out this blog article to see all our Rooibos Blends!
Steeping Time – 2-10 minutes
Water Temp – 212 F
Rooibos, orange peel, hibiscus, apple, rosehips, rose petals, safflowers, natural and artificial flavors