I noticed the same odd, overwhelming scent that I can’t place with this tea as I did with the Lavender Earl Grey, so I’m going to assume that it’s something that has to do with Epi Tea’s sachets rather than the tea itself.

Unlike the Lavender Earl Grey, that smell is reflected somewhat in the taste. It reminds me of… bad coffee? Yeah, let’s go with that. I feel like that’s due to either how weak the actual rooibos is and/or how little is included in the sample — a combination, most likely. I like to be generous with my rooibos portions, since it’s not a very strong tea unless you steep a lot! But since I could have used less water and probably gotten a better taste, I’m not docking points for that.

I the little bit of berry rooibos I can pick up. The berry-to-rooibos ratio is spot on, and the tanginess of the berries is really nice. It’s just… barely there.

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Quick summary of ratings:

90s: Outstanding, I always want to have some of this on hand (though I really can’t afford having all of my favorite all of the time, haha)!
80s: Very good, there are some minor improvements I would make but overall I love it.
70s: Good, I might buy myself more of this someday but it’s not a priority.
60s: All right, I’m glad I got to give this a try but when it’s gone it’s gone.
50s: Not so great, I can drink this when I just really want tea.
40s and below: Various levels of dislike to hate. It just depends on how gross I think it is.



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