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drank Baya by THE O DOR
328 tasting notes

I have right now, two different rooibos mixes from two of my three favorite rooibos providers, both sultry mixes named in hommage to southern islands – this Baya which is supposed to evoke Île de Réunion, and Mariage Fréres´ Surabaya a hommage to Java. And suraBAYA and Baya, get it?

And they are totally different teas, while both matching the description of sultry rooibos. I made separate, previous tasting notes about Surabaya, just mentioning it because the coincidence is funny.

This Baya I had smelled but not had a chance to buy (strategic decision of picking other teas) a few months ago, and I had promised myself to get it next possible chance. It got here, and it was slightly different than remembered. The official word is that it is rooibos with vanilla, ylang ylang, nutmeg, jasmine. The more poetical descriptions of it also mention pepper and passion fruit. Pepper is not particularly noticeable at any level but indeed there is a fruity note which seemed pineapply-or-passion fruity (more likely) to me.

This was, to my tastebuds, sublime. Very intensely flavoured, maybe a rooibos for people who do not like rooibos, and an unlikely but unbelievably good mix of flavours. And perhaps more strangely, the flavours change in the mouth, there is a fruity like smell which you can feel in the front of the mouth/tongue, but as you swallow there is a vanilla-ylang sweetness at the back of the tongue and then also that touch of the nutmeg. A very interesting sensory experience, this tea seems to work at different levels. I absolutely loved it – the vanilla is strongly there and bourbon (reunion? how appropriate) vanilla, and the touch of ylang is a delicious addition to it. Jasmine is not too strong, but just a hint, melds with the fruitiness of the passion fruit (surely there is some?) and then a touch of something deeper which is quite probably the nutmeg. And a good, smooth (nearly undetectable except in that structural body) rooibos underneath.

I am not sure I love this better than Carpe Diem, another huge favorite Theodor rooibos – let´s see with acquaintance. I do love it better than Marabout which was also an impressive rooibos mix.

Ah, anecdotal, but this seemed to have a very efficient and pleasant digestive-help effect.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Hallieod

Awesome description! Is this the first tea with ylang-ylang you’ve had? It sounds as if it would easily overpower with its sweetness, but that may just be in essential oil blends for aromatherapy. :)

cteresa

First tea with ylang indeed (though I have had Mariage Fréres´ plain ylang flavoured tea on my wishlist for a while. one day). I like ylang, and it seems to work so very well with the vanilla (lots of vanilla here, vanilla is magical with rooibos) and the rest here. Just gives it a sort of warmth. It´s not a strong note at all.

Hallieod

That way of it working in a supporting role with the vanilla does sound great. I should probably try to get over my ylang-ylang prejudice, though I’ll never like it as an essential oil.

Devilish

Wow this sounds amazing! Too bad this is not available in Hong Kong…

cteresa

Oh, that is a pity – I really love Theodor´s flavoured rooibos. It´s extra dunno, an extra flair at combining flavours which really works.

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Hallieod

Awesome description! Is this the first tea with ylang-ylang you’ve had? It sounds as if it would easily overpower with its sweetness, but that may just be in essential oil blends for aromatherapy. :)

cteresa

First tea with ylang indeed (though I have had Mariage Fréres´ plain ylang flavoured tea on my wishlist for a while. one day). I like ylang, and it seems to work so very well with the vanilla (lots of vanilla here, vanilla is magical with rooibos) and the rest here. Just gives it a sort of warmth. It´s not a strong note at all.

Hallieod

That way of it working in a supporting role with the vanilla does sound great. I should probably try to get over my ylang-ylang prejudice, though I’ll never like it as an essential oil.

Devilish

Wow this sounds amazing! Too bad this is not available in Hong Kong…

cteresa

Oh, that is a pity – I really love Theodor´s flavoured rooibos. It´s extra dunno, an extra flair at combining flavours which really works.

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres,Thé-o-Dor and Yumchaa.

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