Roasted Chestnut Rooibos

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Butterscotch, Caramel, Chestnut, Raisins, Sweet, Nutty, Butter, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Roasted Nuts, Rum, Scotch, Smooth, Wood, Brown Sugar
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Kosher
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “I received a tin of this tea from Santa! Well, my brother-in-law, who was my Secret Santa this year. I could see the influence of my sister in this purchase, because she loves flavored rooibos tea....” Read full tasting note
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  • “How long has this been in my cupboard with out a review? And will I need more of this when I sip it down? Yes! Nicely chesnut and caramel flavored, not roasty at all but that doesn’t detract from...” Read full tasting note
    77
  • “2021 sipdown no. 120 Thank you for sharing this Cameron! This smells very strongly of Aunt Jemima syrup. Almost cloyingly so. Nevertheless, I let it cool a bit and dared to try. There’s perhaps...” Read full tasting note
  • “The flavor here is so fun. The chestnut tastes so authentic, even a bit salty. It’s really strong and nutty. I added just a little milk, and it’s really delightful. The rooibos is the perfect...” Read full tasting note
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From Simpson & Vail

Usher in the holiday season with this joyous brew. If you like chestnuts roasted on an open fire you’ll love this caffeine free tisane! The dry leaf has the aroma of nutty, heavenly goodness and the brewed cup explodes with this flavor followed by a light buttery taste. So curl up by a fire with this delicious cup while you read your favorite book and listen to holiday songs. We dare you to try not to sing “that” song!

Ingredients: Red Rooibos, orange blossoms and roasted chestnut flavoring.

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7 Tasting Notes

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I received a tin of this tea from Santa! Well, my brother-in-law, who was my Secret Santa this year. I could see the influence of my sister in this purchase, because she loves flavored rooibos tea. The dry tea smells super sweet and caramelly, and that buttery caramel flavor really comes through in the steeped cup. To me it stays just this side of cloying, and I really dig it! There’s something very comforting about it; maybe it reminds me of a flavor from childhood. It doesn’t really scream “chestnut” to me, but then again the only roasted chestnuts I’ve had were not sweet, and I think this blend is trying to replicate sweet roasted chestnuts.

I shared a pot with my sister-in-law and a friend over the holidays, and we were all surprised at how much we enjoyed this one. I think what I appreciate about it is that it has no cinnamon, no cloves, no spices at all — it’s not trying to be some fancy spiced holiday blend. It’s just straight up sweet, nutty goodness, and it’s very comforting. I’d definitely consider keeping it on hand.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Chestnut, Raisins, Sweet

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How long has this been in my cupboard with out a review? And will I need more of this when I sip it down? Yes! Nicely chesnut and caramel flavored, not roasty at all but that doesn’t detract from the overall cuppa. And it steeps twice. what’s not to like?

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet

gmathis

You are turning me into an S&V fan. The other afternoon, two hours after I had a cup of the Apple Cinnamon French Toast, I could still smell the scent in the empty cup :)

Michelle

Yes they do both flavored and plain tea very well!

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2021 sipdown no. 120

Thank you for sharing this Cameron!

This smells very strongly of Aunt Jemima syrup. Almost cloyingly so. Nevertheless, I let it cool a bit and dared to try. There’s perhaps some chestnut essence in there, but sadly hidden behind a solid wall of the flavour of Aunt Jemima syrup maybe mixed with an intense butterscotch (granted I haven’t had this syrup for at least 20 years). Ah well, they can’t all be winners!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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The flavor here is so fun. The chestnut tastes so authentic, even a bit salty. It’s really strong and nutty. I added just a little milk, and it’s really delightful. The rooibos is the perfect supporting player for the flavoring. The second steep tasted almost as strong as the first. I love a strong, nutty tea, and this has to be one of the best ones yet.

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This is the lone survivor from the Simpson & Vail holiday sampler I bought last year. Honestly I wasn’t as happy as I remembered being with most of the teas, a lot of them were just sort of bland black teas. I did enjoy the rooibos blends though.

This one is tasty! It has a lovely rich and buttery flavor that reminds me of butter rum Lifesavers. There is a bit of creamy nuttiness to it, but to me it’s more like candied chestnuts that are coated in buttery caramel. The rooibos base, of course, goes perfectly with those caramel-y notes and adds a nice depth.

Overall, it’s a rich and comforting tisane. I’m almost tempted to add a pinch of salt to give it a sort of salted caramel vibe. I feel like it would round out the flavor nicely.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Chestnut, Nutty, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
AJRimmer

I just received my S&V magazine in the mail today, and I’ve been thinking about this particular tea ever since flipping through! I’ll have to reorder it in my next order because it’s been too long!

Cameron B.

I still have so many teas to get through from my order! XD

But I think next time I want to pick up the literary sampler to try.

AJRimmer

I think I’ve enjoyed all the literary blends I’ve tried, so that seems like a good choice!

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I do love tea boxes, but I also love when they leave and I can sip from my tea collection again. Tea boxes reinvigorate your own tea collection.. make you think of teas you want to revisit. And also work on some sipdowns. Here is one I haven’t written a note for yet.
I don’t know much about what chestnuts taste like, however it does remind me of one of the best books I read this year: ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers. On to the tea: the lovely rooibos base comes through more than usual. A very deep red in the mug. I don’t think the orange blossoms do much here, but I do love when they are in blends. Any chestnut flavor here just seems like sweetness to me. Not much nutty about it, but again, I have no chestnut experience to compare this tea to. But a sweet rooibos is acceptable enough for me for a nighttime cup. The second steep the next night tasted exactly the same as the first.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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