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This was a sample I got with one of my DT orders. I remember reading some reviews of it previously and I remember them being quite varied. I was interested to see what I’ll find out.

The dry tea smelled like rooibos with vanilla…. not much surprise there. I picked up more rooibos than vanilla though and cringed a bit because I’m learning that I’m not a huge fan of red rooibos.

I steeped it according to directions and when the timer rang I smelled the freshly brewed tea. Hmmm… what the heck is that? There was this smell to it… unpleasant… like some sort of a yucky bodily odour.

Being very cautious already, I poured the tea into the teapot and took a sip. Based on what I smelled I was prepared for a horror. Instead, I got quite a pleasant taste (wow, this tea is full of surprises). It wasn’t anything extraordinary, uh oh type of taste, but it was pleasant. I tasted some rooibos and I tasted vanilla. Red rooibos taste wasn’t as prominent as I thought it would be and I was happy with that.

With a cup in hand I came back to my laptop and searched for reviews of this tea on Steepster… To my utter surprise, the first review I read referred to the strange odour I smelled calling it a “stinky feet”. I wanted to compare and see if that’s indeed what I smelled but neither the tea in the teapot nor the wet leaves smell like that anymore. The strange odour has vanished like it was some sort of a phantom.

Overall, it’s ok I guess once you get past the steeping smell. I will finish what I have but will not purchase.

Yvonne

I was thinking of eventually purchasing this (I really want something that tastes of actual creamy vanilla and can’t seem to find it) but was turned off when I heard about the smell this gives off. I think I’ll still give it a pass.

Kamyria

I know what you mean Yvonne, I’m looking for the same thing. I was really excited when I got this as my sample… pure vanilla… sounds awesome, but for me this one just doesn’t cut it.

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Yvonne

I was thinking of eventually purchasing this (I really want something that tastes of actual creamy vanilla and can’t seem to find it) but was turned off when I heard about the smell this gives off. I think I’ll still give it a pass.

Kamyria

I know what you mean Yvonne, I’m looking for the same thing. I was really excited when I got this as my sample… pure vanilla… sounds awesome, but for me this one just doesn’t cut it.

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It’s been a while since I joined Steepster and I think it’s time to write up a bio.

I’m a stay at home, married mom with 5 kids, most of them grown up. Only one remains with us now, my 7 year old sunshine which I push out of the house to school every morning and it’s not an easy thing to do.

I’m an avid gardener during a growing season and my goal is to grow most of the food we eat and save some for winter too. I’m also an artist and a huge nerd. I read books, I play computer games. My very first game was World of Warcraft (was addicted to it solid for a year, lol), then came Skyrim, Minecraft (with my 7 year old) and few others less memorable along the way.

I began drinking tea on regular basis just over 2 years ago when I decided to kick my morning coffee habit. It wasn’t pretty… I couldn’t function for 3 days straight but survived. A year ago I discovered loose tea and found Steepster… The rest is history.

Some of the staples in my cupboard are Dragonwell green tea, Japanese sencha, Silver Needle white tea, green roobois, darjeeling and pu’erh. I also drink variety of flavored teas for fun and I like to order tisanes and mix them with straight teas for even more variety.

Recently I found out how much I love oolong so will be stocking up on that as well.

There are few other tea lovers in my family: my mom and dad, my oldest daughter, my son and my youngest 7 year old. She loves when I try out different teas and I always have to remember to make enough for her to have a little taste.

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