Product review: Carmien Tea

Nicolette van Niekerk
I came across a Carmien Tea tasting about a year ago while at a Charity event here in Melkbosstrand, Western Cape. The presentation made such a big impact on me, that I had to have my own tea party to present this to my fellow clients, friends and family. The first thing that I noticed when I walked into the room at the Charity event, was the aroma that each tea pot gave while being brewed on the small little lit candle burner. Secondly, the beauty of the glass, candles and the red colour from the Rooibos was truly breathtaking…   The Carmien Rooibos tea farm is found alongside the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape, South Africa and produce Rooibos ranges that is available in organic (bio) and/or regular (conventional) products. The Rooibos growing areas lies in places such as Piekenierskloof, Nieuwoudville, Wupperthal and Gifberg and provides the most beautiful and full flavoured teas. Not only is Carmien Tea Company a bulk tea exporter and private label packer to many countries in the world, but they secured themselves as one of the very well-known brands here in South Africa.We can find their products in most retail outlets supplying us with a high quality Rooibos Tea. Rooibos tea has so many benefits from a health perspective. Did you know that Rooibos is kilojoule and preservative free, good for hyperactive children, has anti-oxidant properties and relieves stomach cramps in babies? We absolutely love their products ranging from Flavoured blended teas, flower teas, loose leaf, a green tea and now also a kids/baby tea range. Other Tea variants that they offer are Honeybush, Camomile, Hoodia and Buchu. You can read more about the ranges here. Tea tasting and pairing. Carmien has a Tea tasting club, click here to be part of one. Should you invite them to an event, they can send someone to host a tea paring for you and your guests. I think this is such a great idea, we for certain had such a wonderful time about two weeks ago when we hosted our annual high tea event. Teaware sets The company has beautiful glass infusion pots for sale to the public. It keeps the tea at a perfect temperature over the heater and display the colour of the red Rooibos tea perfectly. The aroma of the teas floats around in the room and is therefore best kept heated over the burners. There’s also gift sets available with two Carmien Tea products included. Kiddies and babies Carmien previously supplied a Rooibos tea to us available at retail shops and I personally have used it as well as my toddler. Nothing however, made us more excited to know that there is an organic new Sleepy Time Tea available now in a Chamomile Strawberry blend which both smells and tastes delicious. Cold Rooibos All the teas can be made into Ice Teas, and kept for up to two weeks in the fridge. Both flavourful and refreshing. DSC_2275 Rooibos tea recipes To celebrate the beautiful flower tea ranges which I adore, I decided to start cooking and baking with them as well. This week I created a Stew, a Spaghetti Bolognese and also a Rooibos Tea Cheesecake! We always share our recipes with the readers so to get the recipe for the very successful Cheesecake made with the Vintage Romance Rooibos leaves, click on the link here. Because I love this product so much, I will have to experiment more with Rooibos tea, and update the blog every now and then with new ones. Will keep you posted! Rooibos Tea Cheesecake   La Petite Patisserie Tea Party