Out of all the Christmas samples I received from 52 teas, this was the one I was most excited to try. Actually no, I take that back-I was most excited about banana pudding, and that excitement was warranted after all.

But I was also excited about this one, not so much because I’m necessarily crazy about root beer itself, although I like it quite a bit, but more so because I was hoping to basically have a wintergreen flavoured tea. The unmistakable smell of root beer wafts up as soon as you open the package, and as another reviewer said, you can actually smell the fizz. Like I felt as though had I breathed a bit deeper, some fizz might accidentally go up my nose and make me sneeze LOL.

Brewed, this lost the fizzy smell, but retained the smell of root beer, with a vanilla undertone. To be honest, I found the taste a bit underwhelming, although again, that could also be because I was hoping for what might perhaps be an entirely different flavour profile. It’s hard to say that the tea tasted like root beer, because without the fizz I can’t imagine many things tasting like pop, but it did sort of generate a root beer-like after-taste, if that makes sense. The flavours pop a bit more as the tea cools, and the presence of the vanilla is always a redeeming feature in pretty much any tea, as far as I’m concerned.

Bottom line: I am so happy to have tried this tea, and will use up the rest for a second cup or offer it to Mr. Keychange, but I don’t think I’ll be ordering this one for myself. For what it was trying to imitate, however, I think it did an excellent job.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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