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drank Rouge Bourbon by Mariage Frères
1630 tasting notes

PIcked this one for an evening wind-down. The vanilla is there, but more subtly than my currently favorite red/vanilla combo (Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Red). Still a good selection, but when I’m craving vanilla, it’s usually because I need a sweetness buzz.

Score one, Cheapster Steepsters, for the superiority of a less expensive alternative.

TeaBrat

I got some of the Madagascar Red today, it’s good!

cteresa

I know what you mean. I think they should just cut the vanilla from the description of this, for me, this counts as plain rooibos. This blend is not for the vanilla to shine, it´s for people who love plain rooibos (yes, we exist, though the rooibos quality better be good) and have the vanilla just bring out the rooibos-ness of it. It´s subtle vanilla, hardly there – is like they always put some vanilla in chocolate but you never notice is there.

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TeaBrat

I got some of the Madagascar Red today, it’s good!

cteresa

I know what you mean. I think they should just cut the vanilla from the description of this, for me, this counts as plain rooibos. This blend is not for the vanilla to shine, it´s for people who love plain rooibos (yes, we exist, though the rooibos quality better be good) and have the vanilla just bring out the rooibos-ness of it. It´s subtle vanilla, hardly there – is like they always put some vanilla in chocolate but you never notice is there.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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