Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tea Review Tuesday - A Review of Tea Forte's African Solstice Rooibos

A Review of Tea Forte's African Solstice Rooibos

To review this tea, I decided to once again utilize my awesome Tea Forte Cafe Cup!
Tea Forte's website recommended steeping this for at least five minutes, so I poured just-boiled water over one pyramid bag and let it steep. The teabag actually remained in the cup for six and a half minutes, but I figured this would not be an issue, as most rooibos blends rarely over-steep.
The dry leaf smells delicious! Lots of tasty-smelling berry aroma.
The liquor brews a deep, dark red, very nearly the color of some red wines. While it still smells like berries, the berry scent has changed to smelling very nearly like juice.
The taste of the steeped tea is very smooth, with a fullness that is neither thick nor watery. The finish is much stronger in berry flavor than is the taste while on the tongue, as though the dominant flavour migrates seamlessly from rooibos to berry.
The smell of this tea was far more bold than the flavor, almost making it a bit disappointing to drink. (I guess I shouldn't let the aroma set my expectations.)
All in all, it was a very tasty tea. Wonderfully fruity, the hint of the rose petals that are part of this tea even peek out in the aftertaste.
On my personal enjoyment scale, I believe I would rate this tea a 75/100.

Tea Forte's African Solstice can be purchased from their website, here.
Photo credit to Tea Forte.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.

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