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#TeaTuesday Rooibos Jasmine

June 27, 2017 5 Comments

I am drinking some iced rooibos tea lightly laced with natural jasmine flavor.  Rooibos Jasmine tea is a floral tea for special occasions.  I love it, but find it is a taste for which I have to be in the mood.  The taste of jasmine is slightly lighter than the typical black jasmine tea. The caffeine free rooibos herb from South Africa has a toasty, nutty finish that also distinguishes it from the typical jasmine tea.  I am enjoying it today because I am also enjoying the last of three jasmine varieties that bloom in my front yard over a period of about 2 months.  This Asian Jasmine plant is close to the front door and the walkway, so visitors are wafted with the strong scent when they approach the entrance to our home. Come on in and try the jasmine tea.

The thirst quenching qualities of this delightful beverage are awesome.  The lingering floral taste is refreshing and invigorating.  I normally drink this tea hot because the aroma from the cup is a major part of the experience.  The heat releases the smell for the drinker as well as anyone in the room at the time.  It is never cloying or overbearing on the floral notes.  The perfect amount of flavor picks up, but does not cover, the taste of the herb. Over ice the floral notes come across as much more muted, with less of an aroma.  The jasmine hits you after you swallow the cold version of the drink.

I like almost every rooibos and honeybush tea blend based on the fact that the herbs themselves are healthy and delicious.  This floral version is great for any time I feel particularly floral.  It goes with sweets in my mind, but I suppose I could imagine it with savory foods like goat cheese.  I drink it solo for the good feeling of the floral aromatherapy.  Try it if you like a caffeine free flower shower in your tea time.  It perks me up and makes me feel a little decadent when I taste it because the jasmine flavor is so rich and exotic.

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