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Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 3 to 5 minutes
Tea type: Rooibos
Scents, flavorings, etc.: dark roasted cacao, cinnamon, licorice, chicory, cardamom, ginger, cloves, vanilla, natural cherry flavor
Aroma, dry: Cinnamon, faint cherry
Aroma in the cup, plain: Cinnamon, faint cherry
Taste, plain: Cinnamon, faint cherry
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: Didn’t do since is bagged
Chilled: Didn’t do
On with the review:
This is the 2nd of 5 samples of “teas” (actually, herbal infusions) made with rooibos (redbush). Another rooibos-based drink that Kalahari is developing to transition this healthy plant into the mainstream as a healthier, caffeine-free alternative to sodas and real teas (made from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis). Hubby and I kept that in mind during the taste test.
This ChocoLatté Cherry Vanilla is part of their ChocoLatté collection. Made with rooibos, dark roasted cacao, cinnamon, licorice, chicory, cardamom, ginger, cloves, vanilla, and natural cherry flavor, this is another tasty brew. We steeped it for 5 minutes per the directions on the package. One thing we noticed is that as it cools, the cherry taste comes through more. Also, the cacao is weak in this one versus the Raspberry Truffle. The other spices are barely noticeable as well.
As tasty as this is, we think it’s too bad that it comes in a bag (misnamed as a sachet), not loose. Nevertheless, the aroma when you first pull the bag out of its wrapper is a chocolate/fruity/spicy joy. The steeped liquid retained this aroma and carried it through to our tastebuds, totally dominating the rooibos flavor. Another smooth, hot beverage, with only one bad point: overly strong cinnamon.
We deducted a half teapot for the organic nonsense (it just reduces acreage production and raises prices) and a half teapot for the company calling this a “tea” instead of an herbal infusion. The overly strong cinnamon is another teapot deducted.
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.