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It’s weird, sometimes when I smell this one I’m hit in the face with “ROOT BEER”, and other times it just smells strange and fakey. Steeped, it smells like fakey root beer, so I suppose the above kind of makes sense!

The flavour is certainly similar to root beer, and I think the main thing that’s missing is sweetener, which would probably make it into a perfect summer treat, especially iced. But I don’t want to have to add sugar. As a result, it tastes kind of odd and a bit astringent, with a heavy root beer aroma and flavour. So I’m not sure I’d recommend this one for those who dislike adding sweetener to their teas.

Since this is called ‘Root Beer Float’, I was also expecting more creaminess, which I didn’t really pick up on. Perhaps it needs milk as well?

Anyhow, this was great entertainment, but not quite right for what I wanted (which probably more like Salted Caramel with some root beer flavouring quietly mixed in… maybe I’ll try that…)

ETA: Ok, mixed a bit of agave into the room temp remnants in my cup, and we have flat root beer. I definitely think DT achieved their goal of a root beer tea, it just isn’t exactly what I had wanted!! :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Babble

Hmm… I’m intrigued, although I’m not a sweetener in tea fan. I’ve also seen this as a rooibos blend for another company that I wanted to try…

Kittenna

I just think that root beer flavouring without sweetness tastes kind of odd. I could see a honeybush base perhaps lending a bit more sweetness to a cup?

CHAroma

I wonder how this will compare to 52teas’ Butterbeer…

Kittenna

DId it taste kind of root beer-y??

CHAroma

Yeah, Butterbeer tastes like root beer and butter. Weird but sooooo good!!!

Kittenna

I have a feeling it’s better than the DT version, then.

Alyssa

I’m not sure I’d like this tea because I can’t imagine warm, flat root beer tasting all that great. Thanks for the great and lengthy review.

Kittenna

I don’t like carbonation, nor beverages of extreme temperature, so I like flat root beer, hahaha :) Glad this was useful!

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Babble

Hmm… I’m intrigued, although I’m not a sweetener in tea fan. I’ve also seen this as a rooibos blend for another company that I wanted to try…

Kittenna

I just think that root beer flavouring without sweetness tastes kind of odd. I could see a honeybush base perhaps lending a bit more sweetness to a cup?

CHAroma

I wonder how this will compare to 52teas’ Butterbeer…

Kittenna

DId it taste kind of root beer-y??

CHAroma

Yeah, Butterbeer tastes like root beer and butter. Weird but sooooo good!!!

Kittenna

I have a feeling it’s better than the DT version, then.

Alyssa

I’m not sure I’d like this tea because I can’t imagine warm, flat root beer tasting all that great. Thanks for the great and lengthy review.

Kittenna

I don’t like carbonation, nor beverages of extreme temperature, so I like flat root beer, hahaha :) Glad this was useful!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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