Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going be reviewing The Lawn Tea Co’s – Rooibos & Rhubarb infusion. As I’m sure you all know by now Rooibos is not my favourite, I don’t hate it but it’s not something I reach for frequently and I have to have it as part of a blend. To me on its own it just tastes like cough syrup most of the time so I was a bit worried going into this tasting session because I’m not a huge fan of rhubarb either and the fact that this blend pairs them together really did worry me a little. Though I did have quite a fun experience with the first tea I tried from The Lawn Tea Co, I still couldn’t help but go into this tasting session thinking I was going to end up hating this blend.
Here’s what The Lawn Tea Co themselves have to say about this tisane over on their website: “Rhubarb Patch’ Rooibos & Rhubarb infusion. Good for you, this robust South African rooibos herbal base is paired with rhubarb and ginger. This caffeine free blend is the perfect tea if you are looking for something different and a tea blend that you can drink at any time of day.”
Ingredients: Ingredients: Rooibos, Hibiscus, Ginger Root, Freeze-Dried Rhubarb, Lime Leaves.
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this session I tried this 4 ways: On it’s own (hot), with a dash of honey (hot), on it’s own (iced) and with a dash of honey (iced). Out of all of the ways I have now tried this blend I think my favourites were the hot sweetened version and the iced sweetened version. The unsweetened cups I had were nice but a little flat and were missing something, adding in a teaspoon of honey seemed to give this blend the lift that it needed. Though I will say this blend did surprise me a little bit I didn’t expect to enjoy it at all but I actually did enjoy it and I can definitely see what the Lawn Tea Co were trying to do with this blend.
This is definitely one I will continue to have iced as the rhubarb seems to be a little stronger but less sharp once it cold brewed or iced. For me I could pick out every element of this blend once iced, before I added a little bit of honey the hibiscus added a nice sharp aftertaste and the lime leaves added a nice subtle citrus and both became a little more subtle once I added in the honey but for me it just worked better once sweetened. I’m not a huge fan of rooibos or rhubarb so that sweetness made both of those elements a little more enjoyable for me.
I’ve seen on The Lawn Tea Co website that a few people have used this blend as a base to make ‘mocktails’ and something tells me I could make sure really fun drinks with this blend. I think it would also make for really nice ice pops so at some point this summer I’m going to have to experiment with this and see what I can do. I reckon it would pair really well with lemonade or maybe some flavoured sparkling water. I don’t drink alcohol myself but I bet this would pair really well with gin or something like that, I’m pretty inexperienced when it comes to alcohol but my tea friend Samantha does some great tea cocktail videos on her YouTube channel that are well worth checking out.
I can see myself enjoying what I have left of this blend throughout the summer but I don’t think it’s one I will personally re-purchase in the future as the rooibos and rhubarb are still a little bit outside of my comfort zone.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about The Lawn Tea Company and purchase some of this tisane for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley