Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea. I have not been doing so well lately at reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of black and green tea can lead me a little astray. So when The Tea Makers of London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.101 Organic Vanilla Rooibos I of course said yes.
Onto the packaging I received a sample packet. I liked the dark black theme to the front. To the centre is a simple black label with the companies logo to the top. There is an inviting description of what to expect from the tea. The back of the packet is silver and has a clear window allowing you to see the teabags inside. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, vanilla and natural flavour are listed. On a personal note I wish that more details are provided as to what the natural flavour is. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.
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 teas that I have previously tried. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a subtle undertone of vanilla noted. So onto my famous close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos and sweetness from the vanilla intensified and became even more inviting.
I added the teabag to freshly boiled hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be a little more smoky compared to other rooibos teas 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. However, these took second place to the vanilla, which produced a delightful sweet almost caramel like aroma. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by a delicate smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a subtle creamy vanilla undertone. I was worried that vanilla might have been a little too strong and overpowering but its strength was spot on. I sometimes find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. The slight vanilla flavour alongside the rooibos resulted in a nice comforting tea. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried.
So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would I enjoyed everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. So thank you The Tea Makers of London for producing a delightful rooibos tea.
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.