Rooibos is Afrikaans for Red Bush, and South Africa is the home of Rooibos Tea. Red Leaf Tea has discovered that this sweet and nutty herbal brew, or tisane, is rapidly become one of the most popular teas on our menu, and so we have worked with our suppliers to create this stimulating new wine infused tea! We added the sweetening herbs of safflower and cornflowers to the pecan-like flavor of Rooibos, and then infused the batch with a strong red cabernet wine. This blend of flowery and nutty flavors with the grape of the wine turned out to be fantastic, and we named this unique tea after the impressive shamans that still heal patients in South Africa today.
Shaman’s Secret is a Red Leaf Tea exclusive, and one of the teas in their relatively new wine tea lineup. The following is written about this tea on the Red Leaf website: “We added the sweetening herbs of safflower and cornflowers to the pecan-like flavor of Rooibos, and then infused the batch with a strong red cabernet wine.”. I was truly looking forward to this tea, as the prospect of combining tea with wine is intriguing. In all, this tea delivered the goods and did not disappoint me. The cabernet wine comes through in a rich and heady grape aroma as well as an intense grape/wine flavor. The rooibos base, which is already naturally sweet, is further sweetened by the safflowers and cornflowers which, ultimately, give the tea more of a candy-like, but not nauseatingly sweet, grape flavor. I think that this tea is sweet enough on its own that even the biggest sugar junkie would be disinclined to add additional sweeteners to it. This is the second wine tea from Red Leaf that I have tried (after trying their Wild Monkey Marsala), and this one emerges as the clear and obvious better blend. This tea certainly wins points for originality, and even more points for successfully executing an interesting concept. This is a tea I would drink again, and one that I would recommend to wine lovers, rooibos lovers, and anyone looking for a tea blend that can spark some interesting conversation.
Vanessa -Teaviews.com -Reviewer
Amount of water: 6 oz
Amount of Tea: 1 Flat teaspoon
Water Temperature: Boiling
Steeping Time: 5 - 7 minutes.