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.