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This worked really well last night. It usually makes my eyelids feel a bit heavy, but I don’t notice much else. Last night I swear I slept through the night… and didn’t hear my husband leave for work this am. I always wake up when he leaves! I did feel a bit groggy this am (but not real bad “medicine head” like with a sleep aid pill). Probably because I had the tea so late – after 10pm.
I agree with Squee – this won’t put me to sleep if I’m wide awake, but it definitely seems to help turn drowsiness into actual sleep instead of tossing and turning. Yes, the mint is dominant, but the other herbs blend in to keep it from tasting like toothpaste or candy. It tastes “herbal” and clean & healthy, which I think is appropriate for a vaguely medicinal tea.
Amount: 2 teabags for 12 ounces of water
Time: 4-5 minutes
Smell: Strongly of the coconut shell and meat
Flavor: light cocoa with coconut milk taste. MilitiaJim was unable to pick up the cocoa, it was “stomped on” by the coconut
Aftertaste: coconut, sweet
Added german rock sugar, 1 scoop per cup and it really helped smooth the flavor and bring out the cocoa.
Added Almond Milk, didn’t help the tea at all (we love plain black almond milk tea and wanted to experiment). Militiajim notes this makes it smell like an Almond Joy bar.
I want to try in the future with honey, and maybe a 5-6 minute brew time.
Thanks to people in the neighborhood who decided to present a rock concert akin to Oompa Loompas playing AC/DC late, late, late last night (oops, early, early, early, early this morning)—and because I wrestled myself into a sleepless puddle attempting to call down blessings and not curses upon mine enemies—-I need a shot of coffee-kick energy this morning. Hoping that the mate induces a steady morning-long supply.
I had the Loose Leaf sample size, it was supposed to make 7-10 cups, apparently my teaspoon is too large as it made more like 6
Amount: 4.5 scoops tea to 3 cups of tea (6 ounce cups)
Time: a little over 8:30 minutes (oopse!)
AmazonV Smell: cinnamon, clove, ginger
AmazonV Flavor: spicy, peppery, medium body
MilitiaJim Smell: spiced cider without the apple
MilitiaJim Flavor: cloves with a hint of ginger
Aftertaste: cinnamon, cardamon
I tried adding honey and lactose-free milk, that calms the spicy after burn
too spicy for me, it was OK with the honey and milk but it’s not going to be a stock tea for me as i’d have to cut it with a less spicy tea
Just a quick note to say…received this sample with my catalog this month. Felt like trying it out tonite. It is not bad, but not one of my favorites. I will drink it all b/c i wont waste a mug of tea. It has more of a chocolate smell to it that strawberry, and the smell is a lot stronger than the taste. At least i think so. I did not add sweetner to it b/c i was afraid with it being “chocolate” that it would be too sweet. Not the case. But i might just add some agave syrup here soon. Could be just a bit sweeter. Looking forward to seeing what others have to say!
I am not typically a fan of Assam teas but a friend brought me a few bags to try and I don’t think it is too bad. Got some body to it but it isn’t knock me over strong. Only steeped it for 3 minutes, like I do with most black teas, and I am sure it would be a lot stronger if I let it steep longer. I don’t think I would drink this all the time, but I just might add this to my work tea collection since it is not bad for a bagged tea.
After seeing Auggy’s post about this tea, I knew a RoT catalog was on the way. When I got home from work, it was there waiting for me. Yay! I usually do not order anything from RoT, but I do look forward to the tea sample they include with the catalog.
Let me start out by saying that this is the best sample I’ve received from them thus far. OF COURSE it contains Rooibos…I would be shocked if it didn’t. This is what I taste – in order:
-a little zing of strawberry (very nice)
-the oncoming taste of mild chocolate (good)
-ROOIBOS!!! (loud and proud – Ehh…)
I understand that Rooibos is a good filler and that sometimes tea blends need that little extra something (the cowbell – see Steepster Dictionary thread). But this would be so good with a nice black tea base. Why can’t they push the freakin’ Rooibos aside just once and see if their sales don’t improve. The Rooibos takes over the aftertaste with that sawdust/woody/straw-like taste. I like Rooibos…and for some reason I do not taste the negative aspects when I drink it plain. But in blends, it’s there…and obvious.
Rant over. This is a big victory for RoT, but in the tea world, it’s just slightly above average.
Didn’t know what I wanted on this grump-tastic day. This came in the mail so I figured, sure, why the heck not.
1.8g in this tea bag. ROT’s bag size doesn’t thrilled me. But whatever. It smells good though. Exactly like chocolate covered strawberries. But once it starts brewing, the sour wood smell of rooibos is apparent. Meh. Whatever, we’ll give it a go. Maybe the sourness will blend well with the tart, fresh strawberry smell which I hope translates to taste.
Okay, my 18-year old arthritic and not-so-steady-on-her-feet kitty just traversed a table, two chairs, and a chasm between a chair and the couch to get to me for love so at this point, this could be the worst tea ever and my day has gotten pretty awesome. That was quite a feat for her! (She had to go via such a route because she physically can’t jump up to the couch directly and her stairs up are up to the chair on the other side of the living room).
Well, the good news is, this tea is not horrible. Nowhere near as cool as my kitty, but then what really is? (Nothing. Just in case you were curious. Nothing is.) It tastes pretty sweet but there is a little tart, too. Sort of like fresh strawberries with a dash of strawberry jam. The chocolate comes in mostly on the aftertaste for me but it is distinctively chocolate.. I can taste some ick from the rooibos hiding underneath everything, but eh. It’s not that bad. A little like moldy wood but not as obvious as I feared based on the smell. Easy enough to acknowledge and then attempt to ignore.
I could almost see myself buying this. Of course when I imagine it, most of the scenarios I come up with end with me giving it to my mom and just having a cup every so often when I visit. But still, that’s a lot better than I was expecting. A lot. Hordes. I don’t totally trust it though. I almost feel that I like it so much because it wasn’t disgusting and I was expecting to be disgusted. This tea and GM’s White Licorice tie for the ‘Weird Tea I Thought I’d Hate But Ended Up Liking But Maybe I Just Like It Because I Didn’t Hate It’ tea award. I kind of want to own about 5 servings of this so I can give it a proper taste run.
This was my first Rooibos tea and still is my favorite. The vanilla flavor is not as pronounced as I would have hoped but it is enough to be noticed and compliment the earthy rooibos flavor. This one is a staple for me. I’ve read that rooibos soothes the central nervous system and I certainly believe it. After a couple cups of it at night, I’m relaxed and ready for bed.
I’m not a huge black tea fan but I loved this tea regardless. The ginger and peach blend well together and give a subtle boost for those tough mornings. I find that the ginger tastes is more pronounced than the peach flavor but it still works well. The ginger helps settle an upset stomach.