This entry has been long delayed, mostly because I like this tea in the evenings and I am often too tired to write up coherent notes. I do, however, take shorthand notes.
I’ve had this tea three times now and thoroughly enjoyed it every time. The dry leaves have a lovely lemon cake smell. Brewed, the tea smells like citrus and cream (though I pick up more of a lime scent than lemon – I have the lime chiffon coming in my next sampler, so I can compare).
As for the taste… well, here’s the note I made right after I took my very first sip: “omg tastes exactly like lemon cake I love it must have more was skeptical despite all of the positive reviews but they are so dead on I love it thanks to the board for suggesting it!” Now you know why I don’t just post my preliminary notes. :) However, I don’t think anything but my first impression note can adequately convey how fantastic this tea is. Granted, I no longer feel the same level of awe every time I brew a cup, but nothing is ever the same as the first time. This is a solid and thoroughly enjoyable dessert tea. I’ve already ordered more!
This can be resteeped, but the flavor isn’t at all the same. The rooibos taste comes out, the lemon recedes, and the creaminess becomes very faint. I like rooibos, so I still find the second steep tasty, but it’s just not the same experience.