Contemplating this week's review, I had just returned home from work, and caffeine was the last thing that I needed. Noting this rooibos from Adagio in my review queue, I knew it was the perfect drink for the evening.
Pouring two cups of just-boiled water over two teaspoons of the rooibos blend, I let it steep for five minutes. The dark red brew that resulted was very aromatic. To me, rooibos already has a bit of a berry aspect to the aroma, but the smell of this blend, which includes strawberries, raspberries, and "natural forest berries" took that to another level entirely. Now, I am not sure what "natural forest berries" entail, but they had to have made this blend even better.
The flavors burst in the mouth, not tangy as some berries taste, but sweet, juicy, and rather smooth. The initial taste is very rooibos-centric, but - as the tisane sits on the tongue - the berry flavor rises to the forefront. A word of warning - this blend does somewhat taste like cough medicine. This could be a major turn-off for some folks, especially those who already feel that the taste of rooibos reminds them of Robitussin.
However, for me, this cup has been a pleasant delivery of flavor, a relaxing and caffeine-free beverage. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate Rooibos Berry a 94/100.
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Adagio Teas' Rooibos Berry is available from their website, here.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.
Text is copyright 2015, Built from Ink and Tea.