168 Tasting Notes
Dry leaf is vivid green, and once brewed remains bright and fresh in appearance.
Brewed tea color is very pale yellow, and the aroma is nutty and a bit spinach-like.
Tastes nutty as well, and is sweet and lightly buttery. Very clean, smooth and mellow without a hint of bitterness. First steep seemed the strongest but nice flavor in the three re-steeps that I did. Lovely and refreshing!
Thank you Angel/Teavivre!
My never fail evening tea. Creamy vanilla tea with a dash of cream – as satisfying as hot chocolate somehow even though this isn’t chocolate at all.
I’m glad to have this in loose leaf as can adjust the amount better, and find it brewed best with a couple minutes steep time. Yum!
I am not that fond of rooibos usually but this says it has coconut, which I do love.
The description on the foil sample package I have, lists coconut at the end of the ingredient list just before the flavouring…hmm…and I don’t really see or smell any coconut either..
Brewed, this tastes like cinnamon oil and cloves, and maybe some pepper; no coconut or much of anything else. I would say it is is spicy, but not natural tasting to me.
Not for me.
So, I put the entire sample package of these little pearls in a 6 oz. glass to brew. In retrospect, I should have used less pearls I think because this amount seemed too strong.
The first steep after a quick rinse was good though – probably only brewed for about 10 to 15 seconds and was lightly peachy, fragrant and smooth.
When I resteeped the leaves, I left them for about a minute and the result was a much darker yellow brew that was bitter to the point I didn’t drink it.
I did experiment a bit more and found that a very short brew with this much leaf in my glass (expanded, the leaf filled the glass) was better. Unfortunately I was distracted and managed to overstep these leaves again with the same bitterness. Perhaps the water was too hot also… I did get fleeting glimpses of the soft and natural peachiness, but the accompanying bitterness was distracting.
Fortunately, I have one or two more sample packs, thanks to the generosity of Angel and Teavivre, so I will be able to try this again with what I am sure will be better results.
Dry leaf is a medium green color as compared to Teavivre’s organic superfine version which was more of a vibrant green.
Tastes nutty, vegetal and a bit floral, and becomes nuttier and more broth-like in the second steep. Smooth and sweet and very tasty.
Both this and the organic superfine dragonwell are good and I’m not sure which I liked better – I’ll have to try them both again and compare.
Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for the samples!