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drank Fruta Bomba by Teavana
1118 tasting notes

This was a tea of the month selection for April on the Classic plan. I was afraid of it, which is why it has taken me until halfway through May to get around to trying it.

I fear this tea for three reasons. First, it is a flavored green. My track record with those is well nigh abysmal. Second, has red rooibos in it, which I hope doesn’t mean it actually shows up in the taste (why would one add rooibos to a flavored green tea? filler?). Third, it is both a green tea and a rooibos, which means it falls between steep times and temps, which always makes the experience dicey.

At least it doesn’t appear they’ve changed the blend. The ingredients are the same. (Carrot bits? Huh?) I’m treating it as a green tea for steeping purposes at least for the first try.

Looking at the dry mix it is hard to tell what kind of green tea this is because its interspersed with a humongous amount of other stuff. It might be sencha, as it has a long and spear-like look. I can’t see any rooibos at all, which worries me. It makes me wonder whether as the smallest and finest ingredient, it has migrated to the bottom of the tin and the last few cups of this will be nothing but rooibos. It’s pretty: lots of big, long, colorful flower petals that look a little like ribbon, and chunks of dried fruit. It smells like dried fruit and raisins. (Yes, I realize raisins are dried fruit. My point is that the raisins are providing their own aspect of the smell separate from the rest of the dried fruit.)

The tea is a light yellow color and smells like white wine. Seriously. Like a chardonnay, only fruitier.

And it rather tastes like wine, too. Or at least, about a third of its taste is wine. Another third or so is a sweeter tropical fruit taste (mostly peach/papaya) that is apparent mainly in the finish and aftertaste. And the last third is the green tea, which is mild and fairly sweet. Not bitter. And I can’t really taste rooibos except maybe as part of the fruity after effect.

This is a weird little tea. It really isn’t bad as flavored greens go, in fact it’s surprisingly ok in that regard. It has a lot of different things going on. I just can’t imagine it being something I’d find myself thinking, “you know, I really want some of that” about.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Actually, one would add rooibos to a green tea (or other tea) to enhance the flavor in some way. For example, my chocolate rose romance is a black tea with red rooibos, the rooibos gives it a bit more depth. It doesn’t contribute a lot of flavor to the tea blend, but it isn’t quite the same without it either.

__Morgana__

Interesting. Do you worry at all about it floating to the bottom given its texture when it’s an addition to something with larger leaves, or is my fear unfounded? Honestly, I couldn’t see any rooibos in this and I really couldn’t taste it either.

Meghann M

Is it possible that this blend had green rooibos? I wonder if that would make it much less noticeable to the eye when intertwined with the green tea? Just out of curiosity I may have to pick some of this up next stop at Teavana.

-Jessica-

This tea is very good iced and also blends well…may give the iced version a shot? ;-)

__Morgana__

Megahann, the ingredients on the label said “red rooibos” but I suppose it’s possible they changed the blend without changing the label.

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LiberTEAS

Actually, one would add rooibos to a green tea (or other tea) to enhance the flavor in some way. For example, my chocolate rose romance is a black tea with red rooibos, the rooibos gives it a bit more depth. It doesn’t contribute a lot of flavor to the tea blend, but it isn’t quite the same without it either.

__Morgana__

Interesting. Do you worry at all about it floating to the bottom given its texture when it’s an addition to something with larger leaves, or is my fear unfounded? Honestly, I couldn’t see any rooibos in this and I really couldn’t taste it either.

Meghann M

Is it possible that this blend had green rooibos? I wonder if that would make it much less noticeable to the eye when intertwined with the green tea? Just out of curiosity I may have to pick some of this up next stop at Teavana.

-Jessica-

This tea is very good iced and also blends well…may give the iced version a shot? ;-)

__Morgana__

Megahann, the ingredients on the label said “red rooibos” but I suppose it’s possible they changed the blend without changing the label.

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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.

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