9 Tasting Notes
First time reviewing a rooibos, very excited.
The smell of the dry leaves was very fruity and pleasant. After brewing, the aroma is hard to place. It’s very distinct… It’s earthy, very floral. There is a very sweet smell that resembles the smell of a berry.
Upon first taste, my thought is how sweet it is. Not having added any sweeteners, I was surprised by the delicious berry taste on top of a usual green tea base. Delicious! There doesn’t seem to be much more from this tea, but it’s already one of my favorites.
I might have steeped this a little too hot, since my kettle doesn’t really have a temperature guide. 190F is a rough approximation. I also may have used more leaves than required, as I did not realize how compact the leaves were.
The smell is at the very surface a subdued vanilla, of course, with a stronger overtone of earthy green tea leaves. Very nice, and being a fan of vanilla I sat for ten minutes taking in the aroma.
The taste of vanilla is even more subdued than the vanilla, but it is there over the delicious standard of green tea. Not as sweet as some reviewers have noted—I only really notice a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.
All in all, a very satisfying tea.