Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea especially earl grey tea. I have been doing really well in reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of earl grey can lead me a little astray. So when Tea Leaf London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.17 London Rooibos Blend Earl Grey as it was a caffeine free tea I of course said yes. The sample packet was clear so I could see the pretty purple pieces intermingled with the delicate rooibos. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, corn flower and natural flavourings are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a may contain warning for nuts. From a personal point of view I wish it listed exactly what the natural flavourings are.
On receiving the sample I opened the packet I was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I immediately recognised as rooibos. It was more intense than other rooibos that I have previously tried. The was aroma was smoky with a slightly grassy undertone noted. I was unable to smell the fresh citrus and bergamot. I was a little disappointed with this as I love the citrus and bergamot that you get from and earl grey tea. So onto my close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos intensified on my close up sniff test and became even more inviting. Sadly, I was unable to distinguish the citrus or bergamot. I added the tea to my infuser and added the hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be more smoky compared to others that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness became more apparent. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a slight citrusy undertone. All three elements worked really well together. Did it remind me of an earl grey tea? Not as much I had personally hoped. I was expecting a stronger citrus and bergamot element to this tea in both aroma and flavour. To be honest this didn’t really matter. I sometimes personally find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. It made for a nice comforting tea. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried. The fact it wasn’t meeting my expectations of being a caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey just didn’t matter.
So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would as it is a delicate and delightful rooibos tea that I will continue to enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try and review. All of the opinions in this post are my own and honest.