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My favourite rooibos tea so far. It’s probably worth mentioning that my gingerbread recipe is adapted by (at least) tripling the amount of ginger, doubling the amount of cinnamon, and adding nutmeg, cloves and cardamom. I LIKE spicy. (And now I’m thinking it should get some pepper and chilli too.)

All that said, the tea is spicy but not overly so! A good rooibos base, with strong but balanced flavours of cinnamon and ginger, and a nice kick of chilli. (I’ve no idea what red thistle adds to the mix – does anyone know what it tastes like?) I almost always brew this in a large filter bag (Palais des Thés calls the size small, but they’re generous) and leave it in, as rooibos doesn’t get bitter with long steeping. I’ve noticed that when I drink it without milk (it’s good either way) the last little bit of tea has a much more pronounced sweetness than the rest of the cup.

Have re-ordered several times from Yumchaa, and will keep buying as long as they keep selling!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
cteresa

I like this one as well! And if you ever are around when yumchaa has their magic tea filters (or whatever they are called) on stock, I totally recommend one. It´s expensive but so worth it particularly for rooibos.

Hallieod

Oh yes, I have one and love it! They’re so much fun as well as working beautifully. I might have to get another for Cara and my fancy tea-drinking at night.

cteresa

It is so magic for rooibos IMO – particular for a night cup when I don´t want to fuss. It´s the only way for really clear rooibos I have tried yet. Though have only had my cup for a few months, am getting more and more used to it all the time.

Hallieod

Interesting! I’m going to try it next time I make myself a cup of Chilli Chilli then, and see how it compares. It is a great little device all right!

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cteresa

I like this one as well! And if you ever are around when yumchaa has their magic tea filters (or whatever they are called) on stock, I totally recommend one. It´s expensive but so worth it particularly for rooibos.

Hallieod

Oh yes, I have one and love it! They’re so much fun as well as working beautifully. I might have to get another for Cara and my fancy tea-drinking at night.

cteresa

It is so magic for rooibos IMO – particular for a night cup when I don´t want to fuss. It´s the only way for really clear rooibos I have tried yet. Though have only had my cup for a few months, am getting more and more used to it all the time.

Hallieod

Interesting! I’m going to try it next time I make myself a cup of Chilli Chilli then, and see how it compares. It is a great little device all right!

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I’ve been drinking tea pretty much all my life, allowing for the fact that there probably was no tea in my baby-bottles. I gave it up twice, once when a then-boyfriend sneered at me for being addicted (okay, I was, but I was also stubborn enough to bear a week of the blinding headaches and overwhelming exhaustion that followed cold-turkey withdrawal), and once on my first pregnancy. Neither experience gave me any reason to believe a life without tea is a good life.

Having spent most of my younger days in Ireland, where tea is everywhere, and mostly it’s decent, I whined my way across the States in the 80s and first half of the 90s. Now back in Dublin, and the tea situation is a bit mixed, but there’s the internet to provide what nearby shops don’t!

I started drinking green and white teas as well as my staple black a good few years ago now, but have recently decided I need to LEARN something more about tea than the little I know.

My likes:
- strong black tea blends; some flavoured blacks, such as Earl Grey and a small (but growing) number of other fruit and flower-flavoured ones; and chai. (For some daft reason, I feel like a tea fraud drinking sweet chai at home, though I’ll happily drink it out.)

- Chinese greens (may update this when I’ve learned enough to be more specific); some flavoured greens, especially if they’re made by the fabulous Yumchaa; Genmaicha; getting to like Sencha, as long as it’s not too bitter.

- White tea, pretty much as long as it’s good quality, I like it. Some flavoured ones are nice, though it’s easy to overpower the more delicate taste of white.

- Rooibos, which I know, I know, isn’t properly ‘tea’. (As above for Yumchaa flavoured rooibos – some of my favourites.)

Dislikes:
- Any black tea made by someone who doesn’t know you need BOILING WATER. (See above about the Whining Years.)

- Hibiscus in fruit-flavoured teas. Looks so pretty! Tastes so awful!

I’m working on trying to like Hojicha, which isn’t going too well yet. Jane Pettigrew describes it as “biscuity”, but unless she’s eaten a lot of cigarette-flavoured biscuits in her time, I don’t get it.

- Aniseed in spiced teas. (Just discovered this one for the dislike list today, in an otherwise-tasty chai. Don’t like the tongue-numbing effect.)

Indecisive, despite being opinionated – okay, very opinionated – so may just add notes rather than rating.

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