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I like the idea of this new tea from Teavana, but the actual tea is not my favorite. The “finest red wines” may have inspired this blend of fruit, vanilla and rooibos, and I get some notes of this kind with a few of the sips, but overall the aroma and taste reminds me more of grape bubble gum. If you get a craving for bubble gum or grape Kool-aid, then this may be the tea for you. I do get a fun blast-from-the-past while drinking it and I like grape, but I’m having a harder time with it in tea. I wonder if I could just add juice to some other tea to get a similar flavor. The color of this tea is really lovely, but to be truly wine-like, I think this blend would have benefitted from some of the more subtle, complex flavors found in wine like notes of chocolate, spices, florals and tannins. Opus Rouge Rooibos is mostly grape, so let’s just say it tastes like a very young wine. Maybe I’m being too hard on it because of the wine comparison. Hmm. I’ll see if my daughter likes it. Probably a good tea for kids. Maybe I’ll try it blended. Others may like it more than I do.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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I’m a mom, graphic designer and tea drinker. Love, love, love tea!

My favorites are Oolong. There’s an almost magical, sparkling taste in some that I relish with a fervor. But I love all kinds and really enjoy tasting teas that I’ve never tried before. It’s a little dangerous that I live fairly close to a Teavana as well as an Asian market with a lot of tea.

In my photo you can see our cat enjoying a pot of hot tea almost as much as I do, but for mostly different reasons.

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