First cup of this in a while. I’ve been keeping it in my desk drawer, but I’ve been avoiding it because it smells so weird. I think it’s just the tulsi, but I get enough comments about my tea anyway without parading the really odd ones. I’m on reception this afternoon, though, so there’s no-one to care but me. It’s also fairly seasonally appropriate, so I’m happy to be giving it another go.
I gave this four minutes in boiling water, and got the usual dark red-brown rooibos liquor. The tulsi is pretty noticable in the scent, but I’m also getting peppermint, so it’s not completely overwhelming. This is one of the few rooibos blends I’ve never tried adding milk to. Again, I think because it contains tulsi and mint, and my concept of milk and its uses just doesn’t fit with those ingredients. Maybe I’ll have to try it one day, though, just to assuage my curiosity on that point. Not to mention challenge my pre-conceptions.
The taste actually isn’t as strong as I remember it being. The peppermint is actually pretty prominent, and the rooibos/tulsi remain mostly in the background. I’m not really getting any chocolate, though. I’m not sure that I ever have with this one. It’s a shame, as I think that would add another dimension here, and it’s probably what I’m looking for after the peppermint wears off. I don’t think I’m going to have a problem finishing off my pouch this winter, as there’s only about half of it left now anyway. It’s never going to be my favourite rooibos, though — it’s just a bit too odd for that! It is more pleasant than I remember, though, so there’s something to be said for coming back to a tea after a bit of a hiatus, anyway!