Crimson Rooibos

Hi readers!

We’re onto another nourish tea delight as we continue through our stash.  Today we sat down with our good friend MK to ponder how nourish tea thinks a rooibos should be. Spoiler: delicious.

Tea: Nourish tea Crimson Rooibos

Tea Description: Rooibos grows within the Cedarburg Mountains of South Africa. It’s caffeine free, low in tannins and bursting with anti-oxidants. The unpolluted waters, mountain air and rich soils of the region, gives it an earthy tone – and you can even pick up a hint of vanilla. Intrigued yet? Try this beautiful treat and you’ll see why red rooibos is a fave of tea drinkers across North America.

We made up a quick pot and MK was very excited to get started.

MK: So… Can I drink this yet?

Brooke: Oh sure. WAIT! You’ve been drinking it!! What do you think?

MK: It… tastes like rooibos?

Stacey: Look how crimson it is!

MK: I’m not disappointed by the colour but it could be more crimson. It’s kind of orange-y. Like LB broth in the incubator a little too long.

Stacey: ?

MK: Science!

Brooke: Wait! Who has the inspirational mug?

Stacey: Oh, I do. I cried when I got it from Kat. I was having such a bad day at the time.

: A good mug makes a tea that much better : )

Stacey: Agreed. Wow, this is definitely just straight rooibos, no other flavours at all. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m just so used to DavidsTea that it feels like something is missing, though.

MK: Vanilla or spice?

Stacey: Yes, well it’s definitely pure. You can taste the organic. Do you think honey would go well? Cinnamon?

MK: A shot? Can I talk? I think this is the type of tea that you would basically just pour and drink. It’s good, it’s tea, you don’t really think about it. You’re sharing it with people. A good tea for what we’re doing right now- just hanging.

Stacey: I’m already two thirds done!

MK: Me too! It’s a sip-able-hanging-out-enjoying-your-time tea. Not knocking your socks off but that’s okay.

Brooke: I haven’t even tasted it yet, guys.

MK: Well??

Brooke: Ooh. Mmm!  You know, I had a love-hate relationship with rooibos because we would leave the DavidsTea loose leaf in the sink and it would make the whole kitchen smell…

Stacey: Our bad.

Brooke: …But this! Oh this! I really love it and I appreciate  how simple it is.

Stacey: It’s nice to have this simple tea. I’m really enjoying it.

MK: Man, you guys are like tea dealers. You have every kind.

Stacey: Wait, are we going to deal you tea?

MK: Yeah, you’ll come up and be like “hey, you want me to make me a cup? Huh?”

Brooke: Who wants more?

We’ve begun to realize that nourish tea takes pride in their teas as the purest forms. No tricks, no added flavours, just the tea straight as it should be. Though we didn’t have the chance to really produce any thoughtful tea vibes during this session, we all agreed on one thing: nourish tea is set on giving their customers a purely tea experience with no gimmicks or gags. If you’ve never tried a rooibos before, this one is a great example of the base and its unique flavours.  Give it a try!

Brooke: Mk, want some for the road?
MK: Total tea dealers, guys.

Next up- Duke of Earl!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and MK)


The Skinny

Hi faithful readers!

Wow, you’re still with us? We’re on tea #22! That’s right, just two more to go and we will have finally completed 24 Days of Tea by DAVIDsTEA. Look for a summary post coming up in early April (thanks to our reader Sonja for this idea back in the early days) where we rank the top teas and provide suggestions based on your tea drinking preferences. Until then, Stacey and I begin to question our feeling about DAVIDsTEA marketing as we review “The Skinny”…

Tea: The Skinny (Organic)

DAVIDsTEA description: Did you just eat and eat and eat? And then eat some more? 2000 years of ancient Chinese wisdom suggest you try this organic blend. It contains oolong and pu’erh teas, both reputed to speed your metabolism and block fat absorption after a heavy meal. Plus it’s got ginger and ginseng, two more traditional metabolism uppers. So go ahead, drink up. The only thing you’ll gain is wisdom.

Ingredients: Chinese oolong tea, Chinese pu’erh tea, ginger, eleuthero root, orange peel.

Brooke: A weight loss tea? Isn’t that… like… all the teas?
Stacey: The more and more we do this, the more I realize how ridiculous their marketing ploys are.
Brooke: It’s just a tea!

*si-* OW! Oh man that is still incredibly hot.

Stacey: Doesn’t smell very orange-y.
Brooke: It smells like a sickness tea because of the ginger.


Brooke: WOW Orange. Hello.
Stacey: I don’t think I’d associate orange with skinny… It’s.. round. It’s a round fruit.
Brooke: Um…?
Stacey: I guess I wouldn’t have picked orange, I would have picked apple! Don’t shake your head at me!

Brooke: This is so citriousy. Puts kiwi to shame.
Stacey: It reminds me of something.

Brooke: …What?
Stacey: I was thinking!! I was thinking it reminded me of a Crush orange drink but I had to make sure it did, so I had to sip again! It smells like Orange Crush. It kind of has that similar flavour. Would you agree?
Brooke: … … … … Yes.

Stacey: I don’t like it at all.
Brooke: Me neither.
Stacey: I don’t want to have a tea that reminds me of a carbonated beverage.
Brooke: yeah… this is… um… weird.

Tea vibes:

Stacey: All I can taste is pop right now… it’s not cool. I don’t like that this tea tastes like sugar! It turns me off. I’m glad I tried it, when I was in the store it peaked my interest, but it’s safe to say we will not be getting this. No, no, no. 4/10

Brooke: For those of you with a sweet tooth, give this one a try. It’s packed full of that orange sucker, orange pixie stick, orange jujube, orange jelly bean kind of flavour and it hits you hard. The ginger is nice and soothing in its scent but it gets overwhelmed pretty quickly. I wish I could comment on the oolong and pu’erh mix up, but I’m way too distracted. 4/10

Well that was a quick one. Stacey thinks oranges shouldn’t be considered diet food and we both don’t like soda pop teas. There you have it.

Enjoy your week and we’ll see you soon! Two more to go!

Until next tea,

Brooke and  Stacey

Yeah… we’re going to need you to lose a few centimeters…