drank Velvet Tea by Art of Tea
558 tasting notes

This is a tea from Teaplz’s plea to take it away. I’m trying to find a decent rooibos tea or two as I’ve heard good things about rooibos helping allergies, and tis the allergy season. (Not that that matters for me, as I have them year round, but hey, if it means not having to take a pill that makes me feel drowsy and puts my sniffer out, I’m for it).

Looking at the leaves, I see the wood chip looking red rooibos and mint leaves. The dry leaves smell sweet.

Once steeped this tea smells sweet and minty with a touch of fruit. I taste a bit of sweetness, can definitely taste the mint. I’ve never had minty rooibos before, but there is definitely more going on in this tea. Looking at the description, I definitely get no chocolate. I want to like this because of the mint, I enjoy mint when I want it, but there is something tart that doesn’t go quite well with this mix.

Hrmmm…I think I like my teas less complex than this. This tea is trying to do too much in my mouth.

If anyone cares to try this, I have about an ounce in a baggie I could pass along.

teaplz

I told you! It’s so WEIRD, isn’t it? There’s just not enough cohesion, and the flavors don’t blend, and it’s WEIRD.

Yeah.

Meghann M

Very very weird tea, first tea that has confused me that much yet.

teaplz

I’m still not sure if it’s weird in a good way or not, and I didn’t have the energy to figure it out. There’s good complexity, and there’s bad complexity, and this definitely falls on the bad side. Unfocused definitely! Glad I was able to share the experience with you, though!

Kristin

Meghann, my gateway rooibos (gateway because I hated rooibos before this tea) is SpecialTeas Sweet Heart. Best Rooibos I’ve ever had:
http://www.specialteas.com/Rooibos-Honeybush/Rooibos/765-Rooibos-Sweet-Heart.html

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teaplz

I told you! It’s so WEIRD, isn’t it? There’s just not enough cohesion, and the flavors don’t blend, and it’s WEIRD.

Yeah.

Meghann M

Very very weird tea, first tea that has confused me that much yet.

teaplz

I’m still not sure if it’s weird in a good way or not, and I didn’t have the energy to figure it out. There’s good complexity, and there’s bad complexity, and this definitely falls on the bad side. Unfocused definitely! Glad I was able to share the experience with you, though!

Kristin

Meghann, my gateway rooibos (gateway because I hated rooibos before this tea) is SpecialTeas Sweet Heart. Best Rooibos I’ve ever had:
http://www.specialteas.com/Rooibos-Honeybush/Rooibos/765-Rooibos-Sweet-Heart.html

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Live in the cornfields of IL, but not too far from the city. Expecting a baby any day now (due Oct 24 2011). Sticking to mainly herbal and low caffeine teas for now. Trying to encourage my husbands tea drinking, but he adds so much sweetner he may as well just drink diet pop. I love trying new teas, and will try any tea once.

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