Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Birchall Tea’s – Redbush Tisane. The is a pure / non flavoured rooibos and there are no other additional ingredients that have been added. So far my journey with Birchall Tea has been been a good one and I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve tried from them so far. So, I did go into this tasting session expecting this tisane to be just as good as the other things I have tried from them, I’ve grown to expect decent quality tea from them and I was definitely expecting this tisane just still have that level of quality even though there was no tea present.
Here’s what Birchall Tea themselves have to say about this blend: “Sweet and earthy rooibos tea from South Africa that’s naturally caffeine free and rich in anti-oxidants . A winner of multiple Great Taste Awards.”
“Our Redbush tea is a classic red rooibos tea made from the soft needle-like leaves of the wild South African plant, Aspalathus linearis. Our pure origin redbush produces a gently hydrating infusion that is rich in anti-oxidants and naturally caffeine free, making it a light and healthy way to lift your day.”
“In our pursuit of quality we have expertly sourced the best grade rooibos of all from the majestic Cederberg Mountains in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. This gives Birchall Redbush its deep red colour, soothing aroma and clear naturally sweet taste. It really is perfection to a tea and we look forward to you enjoying it as much as we do.”
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this tisane 3 ways: on it’s own (hot), with just honey added (hot) and then with both honey and milk added (hot). Out of them all my favourite was the one I had with just honey added. It was nice on its own and I would definitely still drink it on its own if I had no honey to hand, but I prefer the little extra sweetness the honey adds to it. On its own its woody, earthy, subtly sweet that definitely remind me of honey, and has an ever so slight fruity note to it. Personally as I’m sure you all know by now, rooibos is not my favourite so for me to say I would drink this on its own is a big thing for me.
The reason I say that I prefer it with a little honey added is because it brings that honey like sweetness the rooibos naturally has to the forefront and when it is as strong as the woody / earthy notes it just balances everything out a little bit more and makes it so much more of an enjoyable cup for me. This is definitely fuller in flavour than a lot of the rooibos’ I have had in the past and quality wise it’s equal to everything I have had so far from Birchall Tea. They are incredibly consistent in that area which you don’t see with a lot of companies like this out in the world right now.
Going into this tasting session I thought that the only way I was going to enjoy this was with both honey and milk added as that is normally the only way I can enjoy a non flavoured rooibos but to be honest it was much better without with milk and I could definitely drink it on it’s own if I had no honey to hand which is not something you will normally hear me say. You can clearly tell that this particular rooibos is of a great quality and so much care and attention has been put into sourcing this and making sure it was the best rooibos they could find for their customers. After trying it I see why this particular rooibos has received great taste awards in the past and I would not be shocked if it continues to receive them going forward. If you love rooibos or even if like me you aren’t the biggest fan I highly recommend you give this a try.
Overall Teacup rating: 5/5
If you want to find out ore about Birchall Tea and purchase some of this tisanes to try for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send to me on Twitter / Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*