I’m not a fan of fruit in my tea so I ordered this with some hopeful trepidation. When I opened the bag I was blasted with the scent of delicious sweet oranges. My past experience has taught me that rooibos tea must be cold steeped…or at least not hot steeped. It causes a weird itch in my throat and the flavor is bitter when it is steeped in hot water, even after chilled. So I make sun tea with it & the flavors come alive without being bitter.
Some of you northerners may ask “sun tea…what is that?”
It is tea steeped in the sun. All you need is a gallon sized glass jar with a lid. Put your tea in the jar, fill with cold water, lid on, place it outside in the sun. On a hot day, it’ll be ready in an hour or so, not so hot or somewhat cloudy days, it could take longer. Once done, strain into a pitcher (if using loose tea) add sugar if desired and chill.
The scent once steeped is incredible and the flavor is even better - refreshing, mellow, AMAZING!