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This was my Blast From the Past Cuppa for the day…I really thought I have had it more recently than from a year ago…anyhow…this hit the spot today. I’m trying to figure out if I should concentrate on herbals to mellow myself out of focus in on a certain type…it’s been another hellish day…ah well…it’s a surprise to you as it is to me!
This is probably the prettiest tisane I’ve ever seen. Nice big, fluffy flower chunks.
It seemed a little mint heavy, but the floral combo behind it was a nice sensory experience. Still licking my lips to figure out what all was there, even after the cup was finished. My senses are dulled (heavy, heavy stress at work … fretting a bit about elder care issue after mom’s surgery) so it was nice to have something else to think about for a bit.
I can’t believe it’s been 7 months since I had a cup of this…is that right!? It can’t be!!!!
Anyhow…check out my previous note…in addition…here are my notes for today specifically…
The apple is coming thru nicely todayThe Green Rooibos with the very little bit of Hibiscus that is in this blend work perfectly together! Especially with the berries! I still have to try this one iced but the hot cuppa is awesome!
The end of another sample – looks like I’m on a bit of a roll. I reduced the steeping time and temperature and found that it brings out the green and white teas more than before. It’s a nice tea, particularly for when you don’t want a huge caffeine boost. If I didn’t have so many teas in my Cuboard already I might even consider buying a full tin of this tea.
This scent of the un-brewed tea is amazing. I almost want to eat it straight. Or pack my pillow full of it and smell it all night long as I sleep. It’s AMAZING. It’s full of sweetness and floral-ness and is just made of yum.
And while the flavor of the tea is good, it’s not as good as the smell. It’s got a very light, very floral flavor. I love roses and rosewater candy, and this tea reminds me a lot of rosewater candy. Another element I like is the green rooibos. This is the first time I’d had the chance to try green rooibos. And I think I like it a LOT. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of red rooibos. It tends to taste like dirt and sawdust to me. There are blends I like that contain it, but it’s mostly in their ability to cover the dirty-sawdustness of the rooibos flavor. But this tea has such a light flavor, trying to get it to cover any other flavors would be like trying to completely cover a Cadillac with a Kleenex. This green rooibos adds the sweetness and base notes without the sawdust flavor of the red. It really makes me want to try other green rooibos teas.
Overall, I like this tea; it has a lot of elements I very much appreciate. But I wanted more out of it, based on the aroma.
I love this tea. It’s amazing. I just wrote up a review for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com on this one and it blew me away. Nom to the Nom power.
Holy giant rose-buds Batman!
That’s the first thing I see when I opened the tin – these large, well-formed rose buds that haven’t lost their colour or their scent – proving that they’re relatively fresh. They’re so big that at first the tea seems to be all roses – but that’s mostly because the other components are so much finer – green rooibos, curled little tea leaves, and small fruit bits. The tea does smell like roses, but it’s roses with something rich, fruity, and tropical-ish mixed in with it – a very appealing scent in my opinion, I could just sit here sniffing the tin. :D
The rose isn’t over-powering in the tea, though I think it’s very much the star of the show. I’ve never had plain green rooibos, so I’m not quite sure what it’s supposed to taste like as opposed to red rooibos, but I can tell you that I’m not getting any of the woody-earthy flavour that I usually associate with rooibos teas. What I can taste is that exotic, sweet flavour from the mango pieces and a tiny bit of a citrus zing. Despite the white silver needles and the jasmine pearl this tea is supposedly decaffeinated, though it doesn’t have that thin, watery taste characteristic of many decaf blends. Of course, apart from a few hints here and there of jasmine (mostly hidden by the rose) I’m not really tasting much actual tea at all! So it’s more like a herbal infusion, which is fine by me, I need a better selection of ‘nighttime’ teas in my cupboard.
It’s an interesting mix and maybe it’s the rose, but drinking it makes me a feel a bit girly – in a good way. ;) I don’t think I’ve ever some across a blend with a flavour combination like this, and it’s perhaps a little ‘busy’ but it’s great for someone like me who enjoys a bit of variety now and then.
Wow, what a delicious medley of fruit scents that is being held in the dry leaf of this rooibos blend. Sweet and juicy notes mix together with a slightly tart undertone. Steeped, it remains fruity in smell, with some nutty scents mixed in. The liquor is bright and clear and light red in colour.
For all the intense smells, the taste of this tea is very much muted. Regardless, it has an all-around fruity flavour that is strong, but does not overwhelm the taste of the rooibos. This alone was a welcome change from many other rooibos fruit blends I have tried. The tea also manages to keep the tartness to a minimum (again, very much appreciated).
I quite enjoyed the fact that the ingredients were so well balanced. None of them seemed to overwhelm the complete flavour of the tea, leading to a pleasingly blended finish. This was a great drinking experience, for which I give this tea an 80/100. I am really glad I tried this tea.
My first reaction to this tea was that it smells very sweet and a lot like potpouri! The scent of roses blends nicely with the fruity smell of mango and the sharp scent of jasmine.
After four minutes of steeping, the previously strong aroma really mellows out to a pleasing blend of primarily jasmine and mango scents. My first sip seemed to be entirely roses, followed by hints of tropical fruit and some jasmine. Quite pleasant, if not a bit much in the way of flowers. Taking a bigger swallow, a myriad of flowers and the mango taste flooded my mouth, though everything seemed to be tinged with the flavour of roses. There really is not much taste of rooibos in this tea, as it is overwhelmed by all the other tastes…and it really is okay. I see no problem with that (excepting that one of those tastes is sadly not rooibos).
To be quite honest, I cannot say this is something that would have caught my eye and held my attention if I had seen it in a tea shop. Perhaps it would have required a second glance at the ingredients and at the tea itself, as it is very attractive, and unique looking, both in the dry leaf and in the list of ingredients. It is tasty, the flavour is quite pleasant, and I believe it is a tea that some will very much enjoy. As for myself, I give it a 75/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.
WOW! I really thought I posted a review for this already…Oops!
Again, I’m totally LOVING the tins/labels as I do the others from da.u.de. You can clearly see all of the ingredients moreso the Lemon Verbena and Peppermint. The other ingredients are NOT hard to find but are more of a sidekick than leader or in the forefront. It has a very mild but pleasant smell. Very relaxing and pretty.
I can taste the peppermint but it’s not overly loud. I like peppermint and usually the more the merrier but this work perfectly in with the other ingredients! It’s a little minty but mellow and sweet and lemony but not too much so. I can pick up a little floral but, again, it works PERFECTLY with the other ingredients!
I must say…I am VERY happy with this mixture of happy herbal goodness! It’s beautiful in EVERY way! I thought I might enjoy it because of the minty-goodness but honestly – it’s everything else it pairs with that makes it THAT good. I am shocked at just how much I like it…FAB!
I’m also curious about this tasting tip with adding Gunpowder and Sugar Cubes…eventho I don’t do sugar in my tea/tisanes…I just might expand my horizons!
Seffarine…I LOVE YOU!
The dry ingredients smell Marvelous!!!!
Most of these ingredients I wouldn’t normally choose in an herbal because I usually don’t care for full flavor tarty herbals…but…I’ll try anything once…
Based on the ingredients and being able to see everything obviously when looking at it…and the powerful smell I really thought this would be tart, but, altho it’s quite juicy and fruity it’s more of a smooth and pleasant herbal and it just maybe because of the green rooibos pairing!? Not sure…but what ever da.u.de did with this blend I sure do like it! So much so that I might just have to say this is my FAVORITE Fruity Herbal I have ever had…and guess what…it has hibiscus in it! BUT…it doesn’t seem to be bothering me! WOW! I’m so surprised with this one!!!! Great job on this!!!! I’m drinking it hot but KNOW it will be great cold/iced too! Again…I just can’t get over how much I like this one (based on the ingredients and my previous attempts with other brands and ended up being not so good) WOW!!!! I’m liking this :)
I’m adding more points to my rating because I’m so blown away by how much I like it based on the ingredients!!!! Seriously! I’m shocked!!!!
I received a sample to review and I must say I am looking forward to it, of course!!!
The tins and labels are lovely!
This particular blend is very aromatic and I can clearly see all of the ingredients. I must say I am picking up the scent of the ‘Tropics’ more than the floral prior to infusion BUT these roses are HUGE!!!!!
Almost done with the infusion and YES! I can smell the ROSES more as the infusion progresses! I would say equal sniffs of tropics and roses at this point!
Post infusion the liquid is alight brown and the post infusion scent is a tad more rose than tropics! Very neat scent!
The taste is HIGHLY rose with a fair amount of tropical taste to it as well. The Rooibos taste almost seems barely there which I find fascinating! It seems ANY Rooibos I have EVER had you can ALWAYS tell it’s a Rooibos! This…the taste of the rooibos is there but very much in the background. I would HIGHLY suggest this for people who have had not-so-good experiences with Rooibos in the past…but…I have to say it’s a highly florally-tasting flavor. I think the Rooibos does give it a tad of sweetness – possibly chopping off any weird floral after taste one may receive in other floral blends…if you know what I mean!
I’m being completely honest when I say…
Normally if I were to walk into a store and see these flavors on the shelf I might pass it up…but…I’m SO GLAD I was able to try this!!!! This is certainly something beautiful and rare and bold and unique! I really like it! It just goes to show you that you have to TRY NEW THINGS! If you don’t you might miss out on something wonderful!