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From Fortnum & Mason

Naturally red in colour and wonderfully smooth to taste, this caffeine-free Rooibos Infusions Tea is an alternative to tea and a traditional South African favourite that is just as enjoyable with or without milk.

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Adventageddon Day 9 – Tea 1/4

I know so many people who would have been disappointed to see a plain rooibos in an advent, but I was stoked. This was my standout today. Though I do love a nice rooibos on its own, I think this was my favourite mostly because it made for a deliciously elevated cuppa when paired with some hazelnut crackers, burrata, and today’s honey. Yes, that’s right – as a lovely surprise, today’s jam was actually a sweet and golden honey!! As the rooibos itself was rich and nutty with a natural sweetness, this just worked so serendipitously. Not as nice as Wild Grown Rooibos from DT (my fav plain one – so nutty), but really pleasant!!

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0pgjjIuitc/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCOOjL1vvLM


The Fortnum advent rooibos was the first red rooibos I ever actually liked..and the last.

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Fortnum & Mason Advent Day 9 (Sachet)

I knew it was in here. It was just a question of which day I would confront it. I don’t mind green rooibos, I even like lots of blends that have it. But red…

So I altered my thinking. I have never had plain, unadulterated rooibos before, but I knew what it tasted like because it has been quite strong in some of the flavored blends. I didn’t enjoy them.

I decided to make it an event and keep an open mind, and pretend I was having a mug of tea with Precious Ramotswe, protagonist of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels, which estimates that she drinks at least 99 cups of red bush tea a week.

I lit some Japanese Jasmine incense that Youngest gave me, and I sat down in solitude. I pretended I was in Botswana sitting beside Precious and about to partake of her wisdom and steady spirit. And…as long as I didn’t think of it as a cup of TEA, I enjoyed it. And believe or not, I made a second steep after I finished the first and hoped any health benefits were greatly amplified by the openness of my mind.

There is no escaping it. Rooibos is rooibos and this is rooibos, but I am glad I made it an event instead of tossing it. I might even develop a taste for it.


Aw, I love that reframing! :)


“Rooibos is rooibos and this is rooibos” could easily be in many of my tea notes; I love it :D


Precious would think that was very wise and practical of you ;)


I find myself knowing exactly what she would say about certain things! I should learn to make Mma Potokwane’s fruit cake just in case Precious ever drops by…


I love those books!


Nattie: Gmathis told me about them and I am hooked!


It was my mam who recommended them to me, and then they made a (not long enough) TV series based on them and I adored that too. We should start a tea and book club, I am always looking for new reading recommendations!


Nattie, I can recommend Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye if you like books that don’t take themselves too seriously (or if you liked Jane Eyre). Also I liked The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate, which is a more serious fictional tale, but has enough real history in it to be very interesting.
There is a discussion about books and tea, maybe we should revive it?


Thanks for the recommendations, Michelle ! I like books from across a wide range of genres, usually it’s the writing style and the characters I’m drawn to. I have added those to my Goodreads list! We should definitely revive that thread!

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