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For my 200th note, I thought about celebrating by pulling out a Steepster favorite and giving it a try. Maybe Jackee Muntz, or Florence, or Dawn or Dragon Balls. Or what about waiting for that Hawaiian tea Auggy just wrote about, and that I sent off for this morning? Nah. I’m much too compulsive to wait that long. ;-) And it’s late, and I have a 7 a.m. conference call tomorrow. And there’s always no. 300. So this instead, as I figure it has minimal caffeine, and that’s what I’m about right now.

I had them toss this sample and another rooibos, and a fruit blend into my last order of samples for the sake of completeness, because that was all that was really left by way of samples once I’d ordered all the green, black, white and even oolong samples. I figured it would give me something to taste and write about at times of day when I had no business drinking caffeine.

This one, as it turns out, is all over the map.

The mixture is colorful: red rooibos, green mint, dark brown chocolate pieces, light brown dried apple. Yogurt? I didn’t see anything that really identified itself as yogurt though I saw some little white chips which were probably it. Dry, it smells like chocolate mint, which was promising.

After steeping it’s a cloudy, red cider color and mostly smells like apples and rooibos, which was not at all promising.

But then, there’s the flavor. In the initial sips, my fears were allayed. Chocolate, mint, and rooibos, in that order. The chocolate tastes dark and isn’t very sweet, but it goes well with the mint. The mint isn’t overpowering, but it is tasty. The apple and rooibos are present, but well below the screaming rooibos threshold. This is promising.

But, as the cup goes on, the promise fades. The rooibos stopped sitting quietly in the corner and made me aware of it, in its woody, tobaccoey way.

Then, it has the audacity to end on a high note: the aftertaste isn’t rooibos at all, but mint and chocolate!

Thanks for making me earn this one, Peppermint Pattie. I can’t rate you as high as your Rootbeer friend because you’re so confusing and inconsistent, but you were better than I expected. I would think flavored rooibos fans would like you just fine so I rate you with that in mind, and not as a reflection of my personal intentions toward you.

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Stephanie

You ordered the Makai Black too? Yay! :)

__Morgana__

Yes, after hearing how wonderful it was, how could I resist? :-)

Angrboda

yay 200! happy steepstervarsary. :D

__Morgana__

Thanks so much!!

Rabs

Hooray! Super-fun note to read for such a momentous occasion :)

LENA

Congrats on 200 posts!!! YAY!

__Morgana__

Thanks Rabs and Lena!

Auggy

Yay! I really hope you find the Makai Black tasty – now I feel pressure to have good taste buds! Hehe!

Actually related to the tea here – how sour wood/sweet wood is the rooibos flavor in this? I’m on a serious hunt for rooibos I can stand and this one sounds like it might have potential.

__Morgana__

Auggy, I didn’t taste sour wood. I suppose it’s more sweet than sour, but it struck me as mostly neutral on that front. Just more noticeable at times than I would have liked. When it did show up, I kept thinking about Doulton’s sawdust comments. ;-) Have you tried Rooibos Tropica from Teavana? That one was probably the most successful at keeping the rooibos in the background of any I’ve tried.

Auggy

I have not but I will go off to look that up now! Thanks!

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Stephanie

You ordered the Makai Black too? Yay! :)

__Morgana__

Yes, after hearing how wonderful it was, how could I resist? :-)

Angrboda

yay 200! happy steepstervarsary. :D

__Morgana__

Thanks so much!!

Rabs

Hooray! Super-fun note to read for such a momentous occasion :)

LENA

Congrats on 200 posts!!! YAY!

__Morgana__

Thanks Rabs and Lena!

Auggy

Yay! I really hope you find the Makai Black tasty – now I feel pressure to have good taste buds! Hehe!

Actually related to the tea here – how sour wood/sweet wood is the rooibos flavor in this? I’m on a serious hunt for rooibos I can stand and this one sounds like it might have potential.

__Morgana__

Auggy, I didn’t taste sour wood. I suppose it’s more sweet than sour, but it struck me as mostly neutral on that front. Just more noticeable at times than I would have liked. When it did show up, I kept thinking about Doulton’s sawdust comments. ;-) Have you tried Rooibos Tropica from Teavana? That one was probably the most successful at keeping the rooibos in the background of any I’ve tried.

Auggy

I have not but I will go off to look that up now! Thanks!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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