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drank Organic Rooibos by Harney & Sons
117 tasting notes

I’ve just had my second cup of this. I had the first cup a few days ago and I’m…flummoxed. The two cups were very, very different. I can’t imagine what was wrong with my olfactory sense and tastebuds then (or is, now?) to make my perception so wacky.

Last time, I didn’t write a tasting note because my cuppa was kind of icky. I could have sworn that I smelled something a bit fishy—maybe not fishy, really, but kind of…fish watery? I dunno, it was all very odd, hence no tasting note. This time, all that was gone. I just smelled paper (this is the bagged version that I have) and plain rooibos.

I don’t know what makes one plain rooibos better than another. I’d think that they’d basically be the same. I wouldn’t say that about actual tea, but red rooibos, ya. Buuuuut I guess I’m wrong, because although this has all the “proper” elements of a plain rooibos—its warmth, its woodsy aroma and flavour, etc.—it’s just okay, not great. I love (red) rooibos, so I’m pretty forgiving, and I’m no expert, but I’ve tasted better. How and why better, I’m not entirely certain, just…better.

Weird: there’s a bit of astringency, but not in the usual sense. Instead of hitting the back of my mouth, it hit my throat, like actually in my throat. It lasted just a moment, and disappeared as the tea cooled. Such a strange sensation.

Steep time: I just left the bag in the cup. I don’t worry about rooibos getting bitter and knew that I’d sip-gulp the cup down in a few minutes, anyway.

Tea amount: 1 bag
Water amount: 6oz/~175mL
Additives: none

Woo, 100th note! Do I get to join the Little League team, now? :D

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Claire

Congratulations on your 100th tasting note! Keep them coming.

Nik

Thanks, Claire!

Sil

Yay! I keep missing my milestones lol

canadianadia

Cheers to your 100th note (raises tea mug)

Nik

Thank you! [clink]

Ninavampi

Congrats on 100!!! :)

Nik

Thank you!

LiberTEAS

I don’t know that there’s really any difference between one plain rooibos and another… but I suppose it would be like any herb and depend upon how it’s handled during harvest and afterward. Also… I have noticed a significant difference in flavor between the conventionally grown rooibos and organically grown rooibos. I didn’t think there’d be a big difference, but back when I was still selling teas, I did a side by side comparison so that I could choose the best product. The organic is vastly superior.

Nik

Thanks for that, LiberTEAS! I think I have another organic rooibos in my stash, possibly Numi or something, that I like better than this one. I’ll have to find it and try a side-by-side comparison.

Alphakitty

Congrats on 100!

Nik

Thank you!

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Claire

Congratulations on your 100th tasting note! Keep them coming.

Nik

Thanks, Claire!

Sil

Yay! I keep missing my milestones lol

canadianadia

Cheers to your 100th note (raises tea mug)

Nik

Thank you! [clink]

Ninavampi

Congrats on 100!!! :)

Nik

Thank you!

LiberTEAS

I don’t know that there’s really any difference between one plain rooibos and another… but I suppose it would be like any herb and depend upon how it’s handled during harvest and afterward. Also… I have noticed a significant difference in flavor between the conventionally grown rooibos and organically grown rooibos. I didn’t think there’d be a big difference, but back when I was still selling teas, I did a side by side comparison so that I could choose the best product. The organic is vastly superior.

Nik

Thanks for that, LiberTEAS! I think I have another organic rooibos in my stash, possibly Numi or something, that I like better than this one. I’ll have to find it and try a side-by-side comparison.

Alphakitty

Congrats on 100!

Nik

Thank you!

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.


Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.


This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

So ya. Hi!

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