“Rooibos & Chamomile has a woody, creamy and peachy taste with honey-floral undertones, which complements anything fruity or sweet, such as scones or shortbread, while the earthy flavour of Green Rooibos complements savoury sandwiches and meat dishes, such as roast lamb or beef.
“The mellow and tangy mouthfeel of Rooibos & Ginger adds balance to curry or spicy foods, whereas Rooibos & Vanilla pairs beautifully with sponge cakes, custard and sweet tarts.
“The velvety, dusty sweetness of Rooibos & Cinnamon makes it ideal at breakfast time with croissants or scones, while the mildly astringent taste of Rooibos & Buchu matches well with fruit, such as peaches, apples, citrus, prunes, blackcurrant, pineapple and meat dishes. It also goes well with heavy meals.
“Rooibos & Mint is a palate cleanser and acts as a digestive. It is drunk after heavy and rich meals or in-between courses. The bold flavours and rich aroma of Rooibos Chai makes it ideal with anything chocolaty – think dark chocolate, chocolate mousse, chocolate fondant and even works well in meat marinades. It’s also delicious with Brie spread on a toasted baguette.
“Rooibos & Lemon adds a slightly astringent note with a crisp aftertaste that complements honey and ginger, while the luscious syrupy and juicy taste of Rooibos & Berry is always a winner with figs, lavender and even gin!
“The refreshing taste of Rooibos & Rosehip makes it an ideal afternoon refresher with salads and savoury snacks.
“Rooibos has an incredibly versatile flavour that makes it the perfect base for an array of ingredients. Tea enthusiasts can experiment by adding herbs, fruits, flowers and even spices. The flavour cascades are infinite.”
What your choice in tea says about you
Bonin says teas have always been selected for their unique characteristics and flavour profiles, however our individual inclinations towards different teas are also representative of our personal characteristics.
“Different types of personalities are drawn to different types of tea. Your preference for loose leaf tea over tea bags, and even how you brew your tea and drink it, says a lot about your personality.
“For every individual, tea has a different meaning. It is an expression of our emotions and who we are. We all associate with its effects, even on a subconscious level. For some, tea-drinking is soothing and healing, while for others, it is invigorating. With so many beneficial compounds, tea creates various states in the body and mind that we then form associations with based on those outcomes. We naturally gravitate toward teas that fulfil the state of being we seek.
“For example, if you’re in a contemplative mood, Rooibos & Chamomile will provide a calming effect, while Rooibos & Lemon is likely to be the blend of choice for those who demand focus. The spontaneous and adventurous among us will likely gravitate toward a berry-blend, whereas warm and caring individuals will find harmony in a cup of chai tea.”
After meticulously studying the various infusions, Bonin has developed a tea personality quiz to help tea lovers find their significant other Rooibos blend. If you’re curious, visit www.sarooibos.co.za. Your answers will shed light on which flavour best pairs up with your personality.