Friday, 24 June 2016

Tea tasting notes : Dragonfly Earl Grey Rooibos

Who'd have thought it, a natural blend Rooibos tea that tastes like the classic Earl Grey. A refreshingly different take on the traditional tea that still retains the signature flavours but with a caffeine free boost.

As a ritualistic tea drinker taking in a healthier, caffeine free tea is something that I really should be doing more often to balance out all that tea drinking, so a Rooibos blend certainly ticks all the healthy boxes. If you've never tried one before Rooibos, or Red Bush tea as it's sometimes referred to, is taken from the leaves of the Rooibos plant, generally grown in South Africa. Much like your traditional tea the leaves are oxidized giving them their distinguished reddish brown tinge which also helps to enhance the flavour. It's gently hydrating and low in tannin, being caffeine free it's certainly a healthier brew. An acquired taste, if you've never had one before it's best to go in gently and try a flavoured blend so this Earl grey blend is a great brew to start on.

This Earl grey blend takes the traditional flavour of bergamot and orange and blends them with the Rooibos leaf, described as "Zesty fresh citrus aroma, slightly dry, with a rounded and balanced orange rind flavour". A tea bag blend that we've tried both brewed in a cup and in a tea pot, this blend is best brewed for no more than a minute.

The difference with Rooibos to traditional tea is that it has a stronger taste so you don't want to leave in too long or you'll be left with a rather bitter tasting cuppa. You can add a dash of milk though to this brew or take it with a slice of lemon dependant on your personal preference.

It's a surprisingly refreshing blend with a pleasantly smooth texture and a fragrant bergamot essence that's delighfully sweet. Not as dry as a traditional Earl grey blend and certainly lighter.

Rooibos is an acquired taste so it may take a while to get used to this blend, but you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.


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