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I came down with the flu yesterday and spent all day and night eating chicken soup and drinking orange juice and ginger ale. Today it seems the worst of my flu-like symptoms have passed and now it seems my flu is turning into a cold. My throat is feeling raw and irritated today so I went to my tea cupboard looking for something that might soothe it. There is a local tea shop where I live that is run by a really nice lady who sells all sorts of loose leaf tea. I go in there now and then to see if she has anything new and during one of my stops she gave me some tea samples to try. This was one of them. I’m sure happy to have it today. I am not a fan of licorice flavour in tea but I know that it’s important to have it in this one because it’s known for helping a sore throat. Once steeped, you can really smell the thyme and the aroma is quite pleasant. The flavour is mostly licorice but it’s not completely taking over. I can also taste the ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. Overall, it’s very herbal tasting and I’m happy to say that it does seem to be helping to soothe my throat so that’s a bonus. Upon re-steep, it’s weaker but still effective.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Herbs, Licorice
I was actually kind of surprised by how lime-y this was when I took my first sip. In the bag it was citrussy, but not overwhelming. I definitely think I prefer this cold, but I typically do not prefer red rooibos iced. For some reason, the woodiness and natural sweetness lend better to warm temperatures. That said, artificial fruit flavors tend to taste better to me cold. So really, this one was a bit of a dud. I bet I would have adored it as an iced tea if it were a green rooibos.
Backlog… Just realized I never made a note about this one.
Last week Hubby and I tried this for a hot evening tea. It tastes of lemon lime woodsy rooibos… I could’ve done with the rooibos being hidden, but there you have it, very present. Hubby enjoyed this more than I did because he enjoys lime in beverages more than I… I would prefer orange if given a choice. I added a touch of raw sugar to mine which helped bring out the citrus notes but the rooibos was still very there.
I cold steeped it for Hubby to take to work thinking that he would enjoy the lemon lime and hoping that the rooibos would fade to the background. He came home and announced this is the first cold steeped tea that he doesn’t want again, period! He didn’t have any left for me to try, but it must have been pretty bad for him to say so like that.
It was nice to try this blend and Hubby will likely finish the pkg, hot steeped for sure. I don’t think I’d be looking to order this one.
I signed up for the Amoda box with a special discount code and Hubby enjoyed so many of the teas with it that I failed to cancel it.. Oops! Don’t tell ;) Now only to find out they are canceling their current program and preparing for something new. Bummer. I hope they come up with something as reasonably priced and similar quality.
Flavors: Lemon Zest, Wood
This is from my March Amoda Tea Box. Earlier this week I had received an email from Amoda to let us know that they’re discontinuing their subscription boxes as they were, that they’re making changes to their format. I understand the need to change a business in order to make it work and be more profitable, but I will miss the way the box has been. (sigh)
Oh well, such is the nature of business and of life.
I’m not always crazy about rooibos blends as I’ve said often enough, but this one is tasty. A strong citrus-y note – stronger than I expected from lemongrass – so that suggests to me that the flavoring is probably lemon and lime flavoring. There is also a faint creaminess to this which could be from the lemongrass. I often experience a somewhat ‘buttery’ note from lemongrass.
Overall, it’s a nice blend. Not my favorite rooibos blend that I’ve received in my Amoda box, but, I enjoyed it.
I thought this one sounded and smelled super amazing when I found it in the Traveling Tea Box C. It smells very lemon-limey, which really excited me. I steeped this one for about 2:45, but I probably should have steeped this one for longer. I don’t think it tastes citrusy enough for me. It is pretty nice, though. I’m not going to keep what’s left and I’ll send this one back out for someone else to finish.
This came in the March Amoda box. This is an interesting blend. It smells like Mountain Dew! Not as chemical-fake as the soda, but the same balance of lemon and lime. I actually think it rather tastes like Mountain Dew, too. Lemon-lime, slightly artificial. Not bad, but not exceptional either. Glad to have tried it, but also glad to call this a sipdown.
dexter sent this to me! Since i’m exausted tonight and just want to relax and try to get to bed early, i opted for this one as my evening tea, though mostly because not adding this to my cupboard seemed like a good idea. Dexter managed to bump me over 140 even with the couple of sipdowns i managed today.
This is kinda nice. It reminds me a little of the lemon and mytle lupicia tea i had been drinking the past few days, but i’m guessing that’s the lemongrass heh. The rooibos in this one doesn’t overpower the taste of the lemon and that makes me happy. it also means that it’s not one of those woodsy rooibos’s. mostly this is just a relaxing happy lemon rooibos tea. thanks dexter!!
Final Count: 143
This was one of the samples from the March Amoda box.
This smelled so good. It had a very strong lime scent. I thought this would be great iced, but unfortunately, the citrus flavours were lost in how medicinal the rooibos was. I think it was the worst rooibos I have ever tasted. I might give it another try with a shorter steeping time.