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drank Ocean of Wisdom by Samovar
911 tasting notes

I wanted something more to drink tonight but it is pretty late so it needed to be decaf. Fortunately, I’ve managed to amass quite a collection of herbal samples! This is my last of this one and while I’m pretty sure I won’t reorder, I have really enjoyed a full-on rooibos/honeybush base that doesn’t taste sour or off or just plain ole nasty. I don’t know if that speaks to the quality of rooibos that Samovar uses or their stellar blending ability (though perhaps both).

This is definitely woody but there is some nice spice and warmth to this that keeps it from being a flat, boring wood taste. Now that I’ve finally gotten used to the fact that this is rooibos but not evil, I seem to give different spices each time I take a sip. Ginger, cinnamon and cloves all pop up at the front of sips and I’m getting something almost citrusy at the end.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a huge fan of anything with this much rooibos but then I think it’s pretty surprising that I like this one as much as I do.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I’m going to chalk this one up as a win.

Auggy

You totally should! The more I have it, the more I like it. It took me a bit to get past the rooibos taste. Well, not get past it but stop noticing it so much because I was expecting it to be evil so each sip I was almost bracing myself for sour and when it wasn’t all my brain could think was “WOW! Non-sour rooibos.” After a couple of cups I think my brain is finally not having to go through that so I can pay more attention to the other stuff going on in the tea and it’s really quite lovely. I could totally see myself ordering some of this at a later date when I felt the need to increase my nighttime-friendly teas. Which mean the rating probably should go up a bit!

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takgoti

I’m going to chalk this one up as a win.

Auggy

You totally should! The more I have it, the more I like it. It took me a bit to get past the rooibos taste. Well, not get past it but stop noticing it so much because I was expecting it to be evil so each sip I was almost bracing myself for sour and when it wasn’t all my brain could think was “WOW! Non-sour rooibos.” After a couple of cups I think my brain is finally not having to go through that so I can pay more attention to the other stuff going on in the tea and it’s really quite lovely. I could totally see myself ordering some of this at a later date when I felt the need to increase my nighttime-friendly teas. Which mean the rating probably should go up a bit!

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.

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