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I don’t like Rooibos. As a senator from Minnesota used to say, “I deserve good things. I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am attractive person. I am fun to be with. I’m good enough and I’m smart enough” and I can still not like rooibos. It’s taken me a while to admit it. To realize that all those unfortunate tea episodes had to to with rooibos. From now on I’m going to use decaff teas or straight herbals without this sawdust.

I got some of this tea because of the good reviews. I got myself a really nifty ice-tea maker from Lupicia and made this. It’s got lemon shining through the saw-dust. The predominant taste, for me, is the rooibos. As you can tell from the other reviewers, I am in a minority. This iced tea makes me want a pure lemony black decaff ice tea for my next pitcher.

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8 min or more
Lori

I agree. Rooibos is hit or miss for me….

Kristin

Oh, so sad. I loved this one. But, I only drank it hot.

Miss Sweet

I hardly like any rooibos, but green rooibos seems to have less of that sawdust taste, if you haven’t tried some already? It seems to taste better with fruity/herbal bits anyway, the few red rooibos blends I like are spicey/chocolatey.

Stephanie

Thank you for killing my lemming for this tea! :) I too am not fond of rooibos but had this on my wish list because of all the rave reviews. I’m happy to read that it’s not “all that” —especially for a non-rooibos person. :)

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Lori

I agree. Rooibos is hit or miss for me….

Kristin

Oh, so sad. I loved this one. But, I only drank it hot.

Miss Sweet

I hardly like any rooibos, but green rooibos seems to have less of that sawdust taste, if you haven’t tried some already? It seems to taste better with fruity/herbal bits anyway, the few red rooibos blends I like are spicey/chocolatey.

Stephanie

Thank you for killing my lemming for this tea! :) I too am not fond of rooibos but had this on my wish list because of all the rave reviews. I’m happy to read that it’s not “all that” —especially for a non-rooibos person. :)

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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