Monday, December 19, 2011

Boston Tea Company Rooibos Tea Review

I LOVE tea!

I truly believe that tea can be a good way to take care of your health. So I drink several cups a day and encourage my children to drink tea.
I was thrilled to receive teas to sample from the Boston Tea Company. Boston Tea was quite generous with the samples so I’ll need to break the review down to two parts. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, then you’ll know that I hail Rooibos (Red)  tea as a tummy balm. Rooibos is a native plant that grows in a small region in South Africa. It is commonly used to calm colicky babies and soothe stress. Not only that Rooibos has vitamins, minerals and no caffeine! A few months ago, I wrote a post about breast feeding and drinking tea.
In the end, breastfeeding moms shouldn’t miss out on vital nutrients, minerals and antioxidants that  some herbs have to offer. For example Rooibos tea is wonderful. Perfect for breastfeeding moms and their babes.  It contains no caffeine and is anti-spasmodic which can be a balm for colicky babes. It has 50 percent more antioxidants than green tea, and hosts minerals such as Iron and Magnesium (and more!).” Breastfeeding, Tea and Me
I was practically salivating when I received three different flavors of Rooibos from Boston Tea! Up first, Apple Cinnamon Rooibos. This blend is made with Rooibos, Lemongrass, Apple, Cinnamon and Rosehips.




Before I begin, I must preface this review with the fact that I am not fond of fruit-flavored tea. I’ve had some negative experiences with fruit flavored teas that would literally leave a bad taste in my mouth. After several tries on flavors I thought I would enjoy, I came to the conclusion that it was artificial flavoring that I was experiencing. I’ve left the flavored teas alone, preferring my teas wholesome and free of flavoring. Boston Tea assured me that their teas were naturally flavored. I was very surprised to enjoy the Apple Cinnamon. There was no after taste. Not only that, the flavor was subtle, hinting that the tea was indeed flavored naturally. It had such a nice fragrant aroma, which for me is half the pleasure of tea-drinking.  My daughter, who is ten, loved this flavor. She has had several cups already!

The Berry Twist Rooibos Tea contains Blueberries, Raspberries and Safflowers. I was eager to try this flavor after  my positive experience with Apple Cinnamon. It did not disappoint. It has a slightly more acidic taste than Apple Cinnamon. The Safflowers were definitely blooming in this tea fragrance-wise. My daughter didn’t try this flavor, because she loved the Apple Cinnamon too much! Both Apple Cinnamon and Berry Twist, came in these sexy pyramid sachets that I love!

Chocolate Mint Rooibos combines the two essences of my favorite things, CHOCOLATE and ROOIBOS! This was the first of all the teas, that I’ve tried! It was HEAVENLY! The fragrance was perfect and a true escapism. My oldest daughter 17, absolutely loved this flavor, as did I. My ten-year old, who still won’t try anything else other than Apple Cinnamon remarked that it “smelled good”. :) Rooibos, chocolate  and mint is such a grand idea for a combo. If I have to point out one thing, it would be more chocolate flavor! Be warned though, I am a true chocolate freak at heart. I like my chocolate, and like it in abundance! With that said, it could be just my preference. My daughter thought it was just fine, but I say double that chocolate flavor!

The Boston Tea company is certified for fair trade (very important to me), gluten-free, organic and Kosher teas.

Stay tuned for part two of my Boston Tea review! (That rhymes!)

Disclosure:
Boston Tea Company provided me with free samples of these products to review, and I was under no obligation to review it, if I so choose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in turn for the free products. All opinions are my own. 

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