drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
1112 tasting notes

I picked up a tin of this at Starbucks as I was getting some coffee beans. I am looking for some low/no caffeine teas for evenings (my poor husband was up ALL night the evening we had the Tiger – literally not a wink of sleep!! Me – I’m pretty sure there is actually coffee and tea in my veins, and not blood, and it doesn’t bother me. ANYWAY!).

This was in the new pouches with the full leaf tea – well, as full as rooibos gets – they were like twigs (which is actually fuller than the plain rooibos I have which looks almost like a powder). There were all kinds of bits and pieces of Stuff in there too (the tin tells me licorice root, blackberry leaves, cinnamon, apple pieces, peach pieces, vanilla extract, chamomile flowers). I put a touch of tupelo honey in our cups – maybe half a teaspoon each.

This was really good! The tisane tasted a little like an herbal apple pie to me, crust and all :) I did a resteep at 6 minutes and it was a little watery- I would try it at perhaps 8 minutes. It was a real treat.

It’s a little expensive (a little over .46 an 8 oz serving if you don’t resteep) but really nice. Good job Tazo and Starbucks! I would definitely repurchase and now I’m curious about the other full leaf offerings! If you’ve had one you enjoyed, do tell!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

In general, all the full leaf Tazo versions I’ve tried are better than the non-full leaf. I think it is not just because of the leaves, but also because of the bags — they seem to be roomier than the usual Lipton-shaped flow-thru variety and although I can’t confirm this with hard facts, I suspect they influence the flavor less just because they look as though they wouldn’t have any papery taste.

Meghann M

I’ve tried the Tazo full leaf refresh tea, great if you like spearmint minty tea. Definitely refreshing. Also have the Vanilla Rooibos, glad to hear such good things about it. I tried it in store with two tea bags which I removed after a few minutes. I’m curious about the Orange full leaf they offer, and if the Chai full leaf is better than the bags.

AmazonV

I’ve reviewed all the Tazo Full leaf teas they offer in store and can send you the review links if you like – i do love the vanilla rooibos latte best of all

JacquelineM

AmazonV – that would be great! Thanks!!

JacquelineM

Thanks!!! I think I might like Passion too – I remember liking it in the old teabags of yore, so it can only be better now :)

Meghann M

Thanks for posting up the links Amazonv. I was curious about the green tazo’s.

AmazonV

your welcome. My favorite of the greens was the Zen, and I think I would have liked the green tips more if they hadn’t been scorched. The full leaf filter bags are a step up from the older bags, in fact I am tempted to buy some when i make cupboard space.

Meghann M

I’d purchased a few when they annouced them after trying the Vanilla Roobios. For some reason this one tasted so good when I got it at the store that day, and I haven’t liked it since (even had starbucks make it for me again). I want to purchase one of their greens, probably Zen as I liked that enough in the old style bags.

They had coupons at the Starbucks inside my local store for 1.50 off two, if you do end up finding space.

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__Morgana__

In general, all the full leaf Tazo versions I’ve tried are better than the non-full leaf. I think it is not just because of the leaves, but also because of the bags — they seem to be roomier than the usual Lipton-shaped flow-thru variety and although I can’t confirm this with hard facts, I suspect they influence the flavor less just because they look as though they wouldn’t have any papery taste.

Meghann M

I’ve tried the Tazo full leaf refresh tea, great if you like spearmint minty tea. Definitely refreshing. Also have the Vanilla Rooibos, glad to hear such good things about it. I tried it in store with two tea bags which I removed after a few minutes. I’m curious about the Orange full leaf they offer, and if the Chai full leaf is better than the bags.

AmazonV

I’ve reviewed all the Tazo Full leaf teas they offer in store and can send you the review links if you like – i do love the vanilla rooibos latte best of all

JacquelineM

AmazonV – that would be great! Thanks!!

JacquelineM

Thanks!!! I think I might like Passion too – I remember liking it in the old teabags of yore, so it can only be better now :)

Meghann M

Thanks for posting up the links Amazonv. I was curious about the green tazo’s.

AmazonV

your welcome. My favorite of the greens was the Zen, and I think I would have liked the green tips more if they hadn’t been scorched. The full leaf filter bags are a step up from the older bags, in fact I am tempted to buy some when i make cupboard space.

Meghann M

I’d purchased a few when they annouced them after trying the Vanilla Roobios. For some reason this one tasted so good when I got it at the store that day, and I haven’t liked it since (even had starbucks make it for me again). I want to purchase one of their greens, probably Zen as I liked that enough in the old style bags.

They had coupons at the Starbucks inside my local store for 1.50 off two, if you do end up finding space.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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