1638 Tasting Notes
I found the rooibos in this one by shaking the bag up. I think it had all fallen to the bottom! I wouldn’t call this one a favourite — it’s just too smoky for me, really — but it’s nice to challenge my tea tastes once in a while. I do wish the rooibos and the elderberries contributed more to the taste, because I have a feeling I’d like this one a whole lot better if that were the case. Given that I couldn’t stomach pu’erh at all at one point, though, I think I’m making reasonable progress. Not a repurchase, but interesting to have tried!
Sipdown! This one was finished off at work, and I think the difference in water made an impact on the final cup. I could taste both bergamot and lemon, and it really did put me in mind of a light, summery earl grey. I would have liked more creaminess, but I’m glad I managed to coax out some of the flavours for my final cup. I’ve bumped the rating a little to reflect that last hurrah!
Sipdown! For some reason, raspberry rooibos blends are always a slight disappointment, in that I can never get much raspberry flavour from them at all. This one was no exception, really. There’s a hint of tart, juicy raspberry at times, but it’s so fleeting and mild that I fear I may just imagine it sometimes. Back to the drawing board again with raspberry rooibos, I think!