Like its namesake liqueur, Lemoncello is a beguiling citrus quaff. Our organic Lemoncello is made from sienna and burgundy rooibos needles spiked with shards of vibrant lemongrass and seductive curls of marigold. The aroma is candy-sweet, with waves of citrus depth and creamy vanilla notes. The brew is dark garnet, like Burgundy wine, with a tinge of orange around the edges. It has an earthy, deep aroma with notes of orange, lemon and vanilla caramel. A smooth, velvety, full mouthfeel set this rooibos apart as an herbal infusion that black tea lovers will relish. Lasting notes of lemon-zest-infused cream finish off this delightful blend. Lemoncello is also phenomenal iced. This tea is certified USDA organic.
Leaf Type: Rooibos/Herbal (flavored)
Where to Purchase: American Tea Room
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 200°F
Steep Time: 5 minutes
American Tea Room is another company that I've recently discovered courtesy of Steepster. I've been impressed with the teas I've ordered from them so far and it's a bit surprising to me that I haven't reviewed one for Tuesday Tea yet. Since I've been remiss in introducing you to this company I thought I'd share what is likely to become my new favorite bedtime tea. I don't typically enjoy citrus flavors, this is only the second citrus tea that I would even consider reordering, but with the first sip I knew immediately that it would make favorite tea list. It was a bit shocking to me that I enjoyed it so much, being the citrus hater that I am, but I've managed to finish off nearly two ounces of this tea in under a week. It is just that good and I'm having a hard time saving any for my parents to try out when I go home this weekend.
I can't recall ever having tried real Lemoncello before, for the most part I tend to avoid alcohol so I can't compare this to the flavor of the real deal, but it does remind me somewhat of the Lemon Meringue Pie I made a few weeks ago. The lemon is subtle, not overpowering, yet still manages to take center stage and is backed up by the smooth, creamy hints of vanilla and the occasional spicy bite from the lemongrass. This tea strikes me as a dessert tea, something to enjoy just after dinner when you're looking for something sweet, but over time I've started to enjoy it all day long. Since it is caffeine free it's the perfect choice when you're ready to settle down and want something soothing before bedtime. It also makes a refreshing iced tea, I like to make a pot at night and stick the leftovers in the fridge to enjoy over ice in the morning. The bright tart flavors in this blend also serve as a reminder that winter is finally behind us and summer will soon be here. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some sunshine after such a long cold winter.
Would I order this again? Absolutely! This would make a fabulous iced tea this summer, I see another American Tea Room order in my future to stock up.
I'd like to be open with my readers and let you know up front when I have been provided something for free to review as it does happen from time to time. In this case, I was not provided with anything from American Tea Room and paid for this with my own money. As always, all opinions are my own.