(Rooibos, sarsaparilla root, cinnamon, peppermint, licorice root, organic inulin, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086 (GanedenBC30), vanilla bean, natural vanilla and caramel flavouring.)
Admittedly, the first word that comes to mind in association with probiotics is yogurt. By definition, probiotics are basically the good for you version of live bacteria, especially when it comes to the digestive system. They support proper digestion and immunity as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. DAVIDsTea’s newly released Probiotea (1/5 of the exclusive Wellness Collection) contains a strand of shelf-made probiotics that don’t need to be refrigerated. Meaning with a (16oz) sized serving of this tea, you can get a generous daily dose of those all essential probiotics, as simply as turning on your kettle. Probiotea’s loose leaf appearance is very minced looking overall. Honestly? It is comparable to a spice blend of some sort, thanks to the consistency and neutral colour scheme. You can certainly see the mint, and of course the rooibos, but the sarsaparilla root and cinnamon are also visible. As for the aroma, I am torn between whether I believe this tea smells more like root beer, or mouthwash. It’s truly peculiar.
Probiotea steeped for just over four minutes results in a cuppa that looks like a standard rooibos. Reddish brown, or like a burnt orange. As for the scent… under the overpowering mint, the rooibos base and a bit of the cinnamon are also detectable. Surprisingly, in the initial sips, Probiotea’s base is pretty hidden (to my delight), leaving the combination of cooling peppermint and sweet, creamy vanilla to truly shine. This tea is not very sweet at all, and doesn’t really need sugar either. The inclusion of the licorice root, which is where I would expect any sweetness to come from, thankfully is not strong nor cloying. For a rooibos based blend (especially of the red variety), I’m blown away by this tea as a whole. It really exceeded my low expectations for it. Conveniently (or not so much actually), while drinking this brew, I was dealing with a bout of bloating. And because this particular blend is advertised as being a great digestive aid, it feels good to confirm that it does exactly what it claims to. I just can’t justify spending $15 per 50g/2oz to stock up on this one.