Name: Hawaiian Colada Rooibos
Brand: English Tea Store
Type: Herbal tisane, rooibos
Form: Loose leaf
Review: If you like pineapple, The English Tea Store’s Hawaiian Colada Rooibos ought to be up your alley. I’ve never had a flavored tea or tisane in which the pineapple flavor is so strong. While this isn’t a bad thing, if you aren’t overfond of pineapple, this may not be the drink for you. On the other hand, if you are the sort that savors pineapple hard candies and the like, give Hawaiian Colada Rooibos a try.
As its name suggests, Hawaiian Colada Rooibos contains pineapple and coconut flavoring and is supposed to be reminiscent of a tropical drink. I don’t taste a lot of coconut, although the tisane is remarkably sweet (even though it is unsweetened) so it may be that the coconut flavor is what provides the sweetness. The pineapple dominates and is actually well-matched with the rooibos.
I’m generally not a huge fan of iced rooibos, but Hawaiian Colada Rooibos is actually quite awesome on ice. The tangy pineapple flavors come alive, creating a most refreshing beverage.
Preparation Tips: Because of the strength of the pineapple flavor, don’t use too much dry leaf while preparing this tisane. The result could be a decidedly heavy-handed beverage. You should, of course, experiment to find out how much leaf you like, but I’d recommend starting with 1 tablespoon of rooibos to about 8 ounces of water if preparing as a hot tea. If you plan to serve it iced, which I recommend, double the amount of rooibos. Allow to steep for 5-7 minutes for best results.
Serving Tips: Fans of pineapple will probably enjoy this tea on its own, though the pineapple flavor makes it a suitable match to many different foods. Try it with Chinese food some evening!
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