– 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.
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