Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tea Review Tuesday - A Review of The Boston Tea Company's Cranberry Blood Orange Rooibos

Wow, what an incredibly hefty name! With a name like that and an ingredient list that includes red rooibos, blood orange, cranberry, lemongrass, and rose petals, this tisane is shaping up to be something superb (at least it sounds like it!) While this blend steeps in just-boiled water for five minutes (one cup of water), I take a look at the box and packaging. This tea comes in pyramid satchets for greater water flow and better brewing. A lot of teas do not benefit from pyramid infusers, much less tea bags, thanks to a lack of space in which to unfurl their leaves. However, rooibos, having no large leaves to unfurl, does just as well in this pyramid infuser as it would loose in the cup.

This cuppa smells delicious. The cranberry and rooibos are definitely the prominent scents in the steeped tea. But I know that it is the taste results for which you are waiting! So I let the tea cool down a bit. For some reason it seems as though it is taking longer than tea normally does. My first sip is very much rooibos, laced with cranberries. I was actually expecting the cranberry flavor to be a lot more prominent than it actually is. However, it is quite pleasant and supports the rooibos well from the sidelines. The aftertaste is where I detect the blood orange. It offers a slightly sweet, slightly tart finish to the sip. Overall, I am finding this tea a bit more subtle than what I originally expected, which was a blast of cranberry flavor. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea an 82/100.

Now, I am sure that you are wondering why the photo shows a tin with the name "Bentley's" on it. As far as I can tell, The Boston Tea Company is the primary seller/retailer of Bentley's Tea, and the two companies may be one and the same (evidence seems to point that way).

The Cranberry & Blood Orange Rooibos from The Boston Tea Company is available from their website, here. However, it can also be purchased from Amazon and other online retailers.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.

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