Milk in my Rooibos?! That was my reaction when a friend of mine said that she had rooibos with milk while in South Africa. As she explained, from her experience in South Africa it was common for rooibos to be made strong and then taken with a bit of milk. It was something I’d never thought of trying before that occasion. For those who might not know, Rooibos, or ‘red bush’, is a type of bush grown in South Africa that is used to produce a tea-like infusion or decoction; it is commonly referred to as ‘red tea.’ Anyways, I enjoy many milk teas and I was pleasantly surprised by my experience adding milk to Earl Grey tea, but rooibos is a botanical (or tisane) that I had never thought to have with milk. Nonetheless, after the idea was seeded I had to go ahead and try it. And guess what?! I enjoyed it. I did think the nutty and pleasantly sweet tastes of the rooibos were a little washed out by the milk, however, although I’ve yet to try it yet, I think this issue could be addressed by making a more concentrated decoction from the rooibos rather than just an infusion. So, if you are looking for a caffeine-free alternative to your normal tea+milk combination, then maybe you should also give rooibos+milk a try.
Thanks for reading! Have you ever tried rooibos with milk? If so, what did you think? Is there any other botanical+milk combination that you thought would be strange, but that turned out to be tasty? Let me know in the comments!
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