drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
688 tasting notes

The most exciting thing happened to me this morning (Okay, exaggeration – an exciting thing happened, not the most). I’m at work, being a receptionist (one more week!) and I’m opening one of the magazines we carry – and with the magazine is free tea! Granted, it’s Tazo which I have trouble getting behind because I loathe Starbucks and most of what it stands for, but free tea is free tea.

Dry, the teabag smells of rooibos and something else – not vanilla though. Maybe peach? There is definitely “full leaf” in this bag – the rooibos is larger than I’ve ever seen it, and I’ve got a lot of rooibos teas. The little sticks actually happen to be poking through the mesh which I find frustrating, but it could be worse.

The steeped smell is similar to the dry – surprisingly powerful. Again, not of vanilla but of something else. Something sweet. Maybe fruity. Kind of artificial. I have no ingredients list, I’ll have to look it up later.

The liquor is fairly orange and there is a little (very little) dust at the bottom of my cup. To be expected with a finer ‘tea’ like rooibos.

First tastes: Rooibos, with that weird strong smell. Sweet, maybe fruity. Not vanilla. No vanilla involved. Maybe it’s like chicken broth – the vanilla walked through the tea, but it isn’t IN it. Something about it makes me grimace a little bit. Maybe sour? I don’t know what this is… Wandering off to find ingredients list on internet

AHA! There ARE peaches. That must be what I’m getting. Apples were in the ingredient list, but I’m not picking up on that. If this were named something else, it might get a higher rating, but a vanilla rooibos it is not. 10/100 for being vanilla, but somewhere in the 60 range for being a regular fruity tea. Would drink again but would most likely not purchase.

I do appreciate that this is as close to loose leaf in a pre-packaged bag as you can get though. Better than many of my PC bagged teas, but I just can’t support Starbucks, not even in tea ventures.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I am a lover of many things, but my passions include my records, tea and books (not necessarily in that order!) I embrace local food and good cooking as much as I can, and place great value on time with family and enjoying the bounty of nature. As of January 2014 my husband and I finally moved to the country to be closer to family and continue our journey in a family home. We have been wanting to do this for a couple years, so we are very excited to follow our hearts. We also have a wonderful kitty named Emma that is the princess of the house.

I am drawn toward good Chinese blacks, enjoy some herbals and the odd roasted oolong. Greens and whites can make me nauseous, but I will have flavoured ones on occasion. While I don’t yet adore puerh, I am giving it my best effort. Chamomile and coconut are the devil though, I wish they didn’t exist. Mint has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood, and I enjoy both flavoured and pure teas though unflavoured blacks are tops for me.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: WOW. This is the cream of the crop.
71 – 80: This is a solid tea. I enjoy it, and would recommend it to others, but may not repurchase.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. May try again to improve.
41 – 60: Bleh. Might finish it, but it’s not to my taste OR just doesn’t impress me at all.
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.



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