REVIEW: Chateau Rouge Teas – Organic Vanilla Rooibos

Chateau Rouge Teas - Vanilla Rooibos

Tisane: Rooibos from Western Cape, South Africa with Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla.
Sample provided by: Chateau Rouge Teas.
Retail price: 50 gram pouch for £4.95 / 100 gram pouch for £7.95.
Link to Organic Vanilla Rooibos on Chateau Rouge website.

My comments:
Like tea, rooibos frequently pops up in the news because of its health benefits. I recently read about rooibos benefits to liver health and was pleased to find a sample of Organic Vanilla Rooibos from Chateau Rouge in the post.

The dry leaf of this tisane has an inviting colour and aroma. Its rich red colour lets you know that the rooibos is fresh and not brittle. The dry leaf is well sorted and the leaves are uniform in size. I am not typically a person who goes for flavoured teas or tisanes, so when I opened the pouch I was thrilled to find that the tisane smells primarily of rooibos with undertones of vanilla.

What I was left with after brewing the rooibos for four minutes was an enticing-looking liquor with an amber-coloured cup similar to many light black teas. The aroma of the brewed tea, like the dry leaf, primarily consists of rooibos with a subtle hint of vanilla. After taking my first sip, I found Chateau Rouge perfectly balanced the rooibos with the vanilla – i.e. the vanilla is a welcome little accent that lifts the rooibos but does not suffocate the tisane. For me, though, the smoothness of this rooibos is what really separates it from many other rooibos I have tried. This rooibos is a real treat that I will love in the evenings and for making into an iced drink on hot summer days.

My review: 4.5/5

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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