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I found a cylinder of Tetley Rooibos Vanilla & Pear in the back of one of my cupboards. It is of unknown provenance and age, but I gave the dried bags a sniff and concluded that they were still fresh.
The liquor is an orange-amber color, and the flavor is mostly rooibos, with a smattering of vanilla and fruitiness. It’s really not bad at all. I probably relegated it to the back of a cupboard upon reading “artificial flavoring” among the ingredients. In truth, it tastes fine.
My powers of rooibos-blend discrimination are not very refined, so perhaps others would disagree, but to me this grocery store rooibos seems just as good (or bad) as some of the much more expensive variations on the theme. It is rooibos, in the end, so I cannot muster up a huge amount of excitement even though I find nothing particularly wrong with it. It’s all a matter of taste!
In my last tasting note on this, I said it wouldn’t be a chore to finish the remaining teabags. I have changed my mind. It’s not that the tea has gotten worse – it’s still an average, basic rooibos which is inoffensive to the tastebuds – it’s just that my tea collection has expanded ridiculously over the last couple of weeks (thanks to Hapatite and MissB mainly, as well as a slight indiscretion on my part in a tea shop yesterday) and I want to drink all of those instead of these.
I flash-iced two bags of this last night as I was incredibly thirst and needed something to gulp. Also my tea habit means that tea is the only available drink in the house. Two teabags in 1/3 of a mug of boiling water for around 5 minutes, topped up with water as cold as I could run. The smell is amazingly honey-like, but unfortunately this is not reflected in the taste, which is a one-note woodsy flavour. A good choice to drink iced quickly when you can’t really taste what you’re drinking much, as I wouldn’t want to waste my good tea this way! I was also curious to try an iced rooibos, and it was better than expected.
Still have better teas by a long margin, and am now quite bored of this. Not going to mark it down, though, as my ratings are based on the best experience and this was definitely not it.
Well. I remember when rooibos was an exciting new thing in Canada, and I drank the living daylights out of President’s Choice vanilla rooibos and I think I sort of burnt myself out of it, really. So every once in a while now, I’ll decide to give it another go, and remember the things I’m not really fond of about it.
I’m not even actually sure why I bought an entire box of this tea. I think I might have been sick and taking a LOT of Actifed at the time and wanted something that wouldn’t make me feel like I was swallowing corrosive household cleaning products that I could fall asleep to, but why didn’t I just get a thing of chamomile? I might have been at the Tesco Express that’s open until 11 on Sunday but has a pitifully small selection of tea, and I knew this would be tolerable.
That might be it. I don’t know.
But my point is, I was going to drink a cup of fennel tea the other night, which is definitely not my favourite thing to drink straight, and I decided to see how the flavour would improve if I chucked in a bag of this as well, and drank it with a little squizzle of honey.
And it actually somehow seemed to cancel out the things I don’t like about these teas and turn the whole thing into something a bit sweet and oddly fruity and actually pretty good. Wowzers.
I HAVE A NEW GIANT MUG.
It’s a Cheshire cat one. It’s big, it’s non-microwavable (which is a shame but a sacrifice that I am willing to make) and it is very smiley. My parents asked me which one I wanted, as a souvenir of their trip to Disney World. They just came home and I have it in hand and I love it.
I wanted a chocolatey tea today, and this is one that I haven’t had lately, so I’m using it to christen. I know that these teas are a little weak sometimes, and this is a GIANT MUG, so I decided to use two teabags. So far, I’m not regretting that decision.
I actually wasn’t expecting it to be as chocolatey as it is — I can actually taste the dark chocolate, which I appreciate. Admittedly, I’m not sure what I think about it as a chai — the dark chocolate taste is accented with spices, but even clear it doesn’t seem… chai-y enough? I don’t know. I seem to remember it being a little muddled with milk last time I tried it, but it’s been a while, so I should probably try it again before really commenting on that. Alone, though, it’s working well enough for me.
We bought this one as an afterthought since everyone in the house had tried Bellini and Mojito before and liked both (we won’t be purchasing Pina Colada since I can’t tolerate coconut, and I’m the primary tea drinker in the house). In hindsight, I have no idea what would possess us to buy this since no one is a fan of cranberry juice, cranberry tea, or even cosmos. Ugh.
And…this tea lives up to its name. Artificial orange flavour like orange candies, and the grossness that is “cranberry” (also presuming an artificial flavour). The two together? Not pleasant. Like I said, don’t know what possessed us to buy it. No one likes it in the house; it will be a struggle to finish it.
Verdict: will definitely not re-buy.
Again, another staple in our home not necessarily because I really like it, but because my dad loves it.
For me personally this one is a winning combination. I don’t really care if the “lime” overpowers the mint (which I find it doesn’t in most cups…it’s like the odd teabag has more limey flavouring than the rest) since I like both lime and mint. The lime tastes more like lime cordial to me as opposed to lime juice or lime zest. Not that I’m complaining; I like lime cordial, too. It’s just not…real lime.
I really like mint tea, so it should come as no surprise that I like this. Granted, I also really like mojitos (with enough rum, of course) and this tastes nothing like a mojito. But as a “lime mint tea”? Yum. And herbal, too. So good to have in the evenings.
Verdict: despite this being my dad’s favourite and will get constantly restocked, I would buy this again for myself.
This is a staple in our cupboard not because I really like it, but my mom loves this tea.
My opinion? It’s OK. it’s not very peachy, but definitely a lot of orange flavour in it. But it’s a weird orange flavour; more like orange candy, not the fruit or even orange peel. It’s a strange flavour. Not unpleasant, but not at all what it smells like, either. Which is unfortunate….I really, really, REALLY like the smell of the tea. I am a fan of this being an herbal tea; I would be disappointed if it was a green or black tea.
Verdict: will re-buy because mommy will be cranky if we don’t.
I think I probably bought this tea neglecting to read the “Decaffeinated” part, since I’m not a fan of decaf tea. I like herbal, I like tisanes, but teas that taste like they should have caffeine but don’t? My brain gets confused.
The actual flavour of this tea is pleasant. I really like lychee, and I really like green tea, so I figured this tea would either be awful or yummy. Yummy it is. It doesn’t really taste much like I just bit into a lychee, but there is that “something tropical” taste in the background. I don’t know how well actual lychee tastes when its dried, so I won’t hold the artificial flavour against them yet. The green tea itself tasted surprisingly good; I’m always surprised when a bagged tea doesn’t taste like stale grass.
Verdict: won’t re-buy only because it’s decaf and I’m not a fan of that (I either want something with caffeine, or something that doesn’t taste like green tea). But if there was a caffeinated version I’d buy it for sure.
Of all of the “Green Tea Plus” teas that Tetley has come out with, this is by far my least favourite. And by “least favourite” I mean yuck.
There isn’t anything in this tea that makes me think “purple”, other than mulberry leaves. Would it have killed them to put a berry in there of some sort? Or something with some flavour? This to me tastes like low-quality green tea plus “stuff”. And not good “stuff” either. It did make me feel more alert, but that’s probably because it has…dum dum dum…caffeine. I doubt any of the “aware stuff” that is in it gives it either a) flavour, or b) aware-ness.
Verdict: couldn’t pay me to re-buy.
After a recent experience with a Lipton teabag, maybe I am overrating this. Or maybe not. because for a tea which sells basically in every supermarket for about 1.50€ for 30 teabags (or half price if you see a discount) this really is incredibly nice. I was planning to have it with milk, and was careless with brewing it, but it survived and took milk incredibly well.
I am quite flabbergasted at how nice this cheap teabag turned out to be. But very happy at the result! Stocking this up for sure, for those moments where teabags are convenient, though these not quite fit all my criteria not being individually wrapped (they would not be this price if they were, though!)
This is my first time posting from the main website on a computer instead of my phone! :O Maybe I should do it more often, it’s so much easier!
I’ve had these teabags lying around my cupboard for a while now, probably verging on 10 months, so I thought I should try to get them used up (and then buy more tea. Yay!) I bought them from my on-site campus shop last year as I wanted a caffeine-free tea, and it was either this or chamomile, which I don’t much care for. I remember thinking that it tasted like regular tea, only with an odd aftertase, and haven’t had plain rooibos since, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
My first mug of this, drank plain, was quite disappointing. It was very bland, with only a little flavour that I could make out at all, and not enough to tell what it was. Maybe the teabags have lost their potency over time.
I am curently drinking my second mug of the night, which I brewed using two teabags for twice as long. This seems to have helped, as the flavour is more present this time around even though I added milk to make it more soothing. Brewed, the smell reminds me of honey, and I expected it to taste like regular tea does with a spoonful of honey stirred in. The actual flavour is more woodsy than I expected from the smell, but commonplace in other rooibos drinks I own. It is a very suitable bedtime drink, with a deep, woodsy taste in the sip, and a floral honey (I knew I smelled it!) aftertaste which I find very soothing.
Now that my collection has vastly expanded, I own many rooibos blends which I would choose over this in a heartbeat. Having said that, it will not be a chore to finish the remaining teabags.
I never left a tasting note on this because it’s been an old favourite since Tetley brought it out. It has a wonderful floral aroma with blueberries and the taste is just as great. Extra bonus is it’s a bagged tea so I can take it anywhere. WHen I steep it I can oversteep , leave the bag in forever and it’s still great.
Look at this poor tea. Nobody has it and nobody tried it. I never left a tasting note on this because it’s been an old favourite since Tetley brought it out. It has a wonderful floral aroma with blueberries and the taste is just as great. Extra bonus is it’s a bagged tea so I can take it anywhere. WHen I steep it I can oversteep , leave the bag in forever and it’s still great.
I am not a huge rooibos fan, but my mom gave me a little cardboard tin of this a long time ago and I actually didn’t mind it. I keep it on hand for when I want a quick bag of tea. It is definitely “warming”.
Well somehow I ended up with several cans of this tea. So I am trying to get rid of some of it. I even gave a few cans to a relative and still have a few left.
I would normally brew this tea quite weak, one bag for a 16 oz mug for 1 minute. But with the latest can I opened (I don’t know if it is a newer or an older can), the bags seem to not have as much tea. I also need to brew two bags vs the one I used to do.
I feel like Tetley is ripping me off…hmmm… Maybe it will be easier to sip it down. Anyway, it is a basic rooibos, sweet, with some cinnamon flavour. Sweet cinnamon, not spicey. It works.
I had a few bags of this in my cupboard and decided to make it as a cold brew. 4 bags, 1 liter, for about 13 hours. I brewed it for a bit longer than I had originally intended to. I forgot about it… I find for me, with cold brewed greens, I like a much shorter cold brew time.
This one is ok. The mint is kind of refreshing after shovelling snow for the last hour (and I am not even done). The mint though, is bordering almost on toothpast mint. The green tea is light. It didn’t get bitter or astringency which is why I don’t like to cold brew greens for too long.
Definitely will be able to drink the last of this.
My boyfriend’s roommate got a few samples of this tea and left it in the cupboard for the house. I was kind of skeptical about Tetley’s teas, since I didn’t like them a few years back. Surprising, this herbal tea is absolutely great. A good combination and the smell is kind of like chai tea.
This sample is really getting me interested in trying the other herbal teas from Tetley!