Tea: Rooibos Pretoria Blend
Source: Uptons, BA12
Price: $6.60 per 1/4#
sample size: 1 t with 6 oz warm water, brewed 2 minutes.
This blend is rooibos flavored with hibiscus, rose petals, blue mallow
flowers, and sunflowers. Rooibos tea is not the usual tea plant which all
other kinds of tea are made from. It's a south African plant that the
upton's catalog describes as "mildly citric with a hint of vanilla". I'd
tried some rooibos plain at T's in Vancouver recently, and was wondering
what could be done with clever blending.
This is a flowery tea that I should hate-- but I love it. You can smell it
right through the container, almost like a pot-pouri. In theory this tea
is everything I'm against: it's a tea-substitute, it's uncaffeinated, and
mostly it's all dainty and full of pretty flowers and smells like a room
deodorizer. This ain't a tea a man should be drinking.
All I can say is it works. The key to this blend I think is great balance.
The rooibos has a vaguely vanilla taste, and the flowers counter-balance
that. They not only balance out the rooibos flavor, enriching what alone
is a bit "thin", but they balance out each other. None of the flowers
At first sip my mind compared this blend to the more-than-twice-as-costly
"Marco Polo Blend" by the french company Mariage Frere. That too is a
flowery pot-pouri tea; but I couldn't even finish drinking it. It tasted
as sappy as it smelled. The rooibos pretoria, by contrast, is mature and
You definitely have to be in the mood for this tea. But it has a niche.
It's much more complicated than the average herbal tea.