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This is the comfort tea that I want when it is the middle of the night and I just don’t feel good. I want to put on a robe and slippers and stumble into the kitchen to light up the burner under the kettle so that I can sit in the dark watching the gas light while the water boils. I want to add a generous spoonful of honey and take my mug of tea (teabag and spoon and all) back to bed where I can curl up and drink my tea from the spoon until it’s cool enough to sip directly from the mug. I want this tea, specifically, in this teabag that’s going to be stuck to the side of the mug when I wake up in the morning feeling better because I finally got some sleep. This is my comfort tea.
It was Christmastime and as I strolled down the tea aisle in the local grocery store, I saw this festive tea. It is certainly an interesting idea for a tea so I decided to give it a try. This was my first tea from Celestial Seasonings and I have to say that I’m looking forward to trying more from them. The initial scent of the tea is exactly like a candy cane. The tea also tastes remarkably like a minty candy cane, and it’s very enjoyable. The package says that this comes on a green tea base but it tasted more herbal to me than anything. Nevertheless, this is a great tea to try if you are fortunate enough to find it.
I steeped this bag for over 15 minutes and I still can’t taste the citrus. Lemon? Yes. Orange? No. Is Lemon a citrus? I don’t know actually so, if it is, then I retract my first sentence. Overall, extremely light taste (even with the steeping time) and the taste is mainly a pleasant mix between white and green tea. The lemon aroma really brings it home, so to speak.
I was slightly offput by reading the previous (and only) review, as I happen to enjoy this tea. Granted, I will also be the first to admit that I have a relatively strange taste palette when it involves liquids: I drink my coffee black and my tea without any sort of sweetening after some seriously long stooping time (read that as: I usually get too lazy to remove the bag or forget entirely), so it’s entirely possible that my taste buds have been so overpowered with Chai that they were beaten into submission to enjoy this tea.
But I don’t think so.
It’s a generally good tasting tea. Spicy. Tastes like Chai. Incredibly cheap (at least here). I’m not sure what else one could ask for.
Having a mug of this at 3am, double-strength. No reason not to when it doesn’t have the caffeine or harshness of regular, camellia tea. Vanilla is still a bit too dominant in the flavor but it’s a really nice combination.
This is less a commentary on this particular tea than on rooibos in general… but with this around, why ever drink plain water? I was just doing it to avoid the downsides of proper tea.
This is my first rooibos tea. I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I’m glad I tried it.
Besides the vanilla, I’d compare the flavor to what you’d get if you took the intersection over the flavor of all black teas, and then also took out any hint of harshness or astringency. Not really any of the wonderfully diverse terroir-based flavors you’d get in most black teas, but it’s just so damn smooth and friendly. It’s funny how close this tea gets to the flavor of a black tea with milk, without any milk added.
It’s a little heavy on the vanilla for me, but overall it’s enjoyable. If black tea is a ripe cheddar, then this is American cheese. I’ll stick with black for my everyday tea, but this is worth having when you want a tea that you can drink as much of as you like, or just as a change of pace.
I like it. The vanilla comes across a bit strong and drowns out the rooibos a little, but the key word there is ‘little’, with some other vanilla rooibos tisanes I might as well have drunk vanilla extract and had done with it. It definitely one for when I fancy something sweet, and I’d definitely reach for it over the spendy teapigs rooibos blends.
When Mom first brought this tea home, I thought “these flavour combinations can’t work.” Then I tried a mug, with a drizzle of honey. Oh, it works. (“It’s twue!”) It hasd a great smell, a lively colour and goes well with food or just by itself. A nice tea to drink while reading.