Fifteenth tea for March Mad(Hatter)ness! This is for the rooibos tea round, going against Lupicia’s Sakura Rooibos.
The dry leaf has a bit of a chocolate liquor/alcohol aroma, as well as some peppery and honeyish notes. Steeped one perfect teaspoon in 350ml 205F water grandpa-style.
The steeped tea smells of cocoa, of the dark, bittersweet variety, alcohol, pepper, and honeyed nuts. The flavor is a pleasant cocoa that does taste akin to a chocolate liquor, with a rich nuttiness that I’m assuming is coming from the rooibos/honeybush base. There is a honeyed sweetness and the pepper taste I often get from honeybush is very subtle here. The base is coming off slightly biscuity to me, and is quite pleasant. I’m getting the chocolate and the nuts, but not really anything to remind me of the marshmallow component of Rocky Road; it’s sweet, but I think I’d need a stronger cream sort of flavor to really get that element. Despite feeling that the blend could be pushed a little, it still made for a very satisfying and pleasant evening cuppa.
Flavors: Alcohol, Cocoa, Cookie, Dark Bittersweet, Honey, Nutty, Pepper, Sweet