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I liked this tea, but I did find the rooibos base to be a little strong for my tastes. I have such a love hate with rooibos, I like it, but it needs to have a good strong flavour other than the rooibos base. I think next time I am going to try this with a pinch of sugar and see if that coaxes out the lime a little more.

VariaTEA

How long did you steep this for? I find if you stay closer to 2 min, the rooibos is more toned down.

Fjellrev

I’m the same way with rooibos, and recently discovered with a honeybush blend that half and half covers a lot of the base up and brings the flavours out more.

mewakeling

Thanks guys, I will definitely give a short steep time a shot. I let this one steep for ages this morning, but I have a few more rooibos’ to play with this afternoon and I will try them on a short steep. Do you keep the water at a full boil or brew at a lower temp? I have issues with dairy, but I may try tossing in a bit of soy and see if that gets me somewhere! :)

Fjellrev

I usually let it cool for a minute or so before pouring the water but not sure if it makes a difference. Also, it sounds bizarre, but I’ve heard/read plenty of Steepsterites suggest the opposite, steeping rooibos for a really long time to get the flavours out more,but yet it apparently somehow the base is harnessed and doesn’t get any stronger at a certain point? I’ve tried it a couples times, like leaving it for 10 minutes or so, but I really don’t seem to notice the difference.

MissB

Yep, longer steep on this one = strong rooibos flavor that I also find offputting. Under five minutes and a bit of a lower temperature, and it’s delicious. Well, with a touch of sweetener too. For me, anyway.

mewakeling

Thanks for the advice, I tossed in some Lemon Chiffon with a bit of sweetener and watched the steep time carefully, and it was so much better! Now I can understand why people love these blends, the rooibos was nowhere near as dominant and overpowering.

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VariaTEA

How long did you steep this for? I find if you stay closer to 2 min, the rooibos is more toned down.

Fjellrev

I’m the same way with rooibos, and recently discovered with a honeybush blend that half and half covers a lot of the base up and brings the flavours out more.

mewakeling

Thanks guys, I will definitely give a short steep time a shot. I let this one steep for ages this morning, but I have a few more rooibos’ to play with this afternoon and I will try them on a short steep. Do you keep the water at a full boil or brew at a lower temp? I have issues with dairy, but I may try tossing in a bit of soy and see if that gets me somewhere! :)

Fjellrev

I usually let it cool for a minute or so before pouring the water but not sure if it makes a difference. Also, it sounds bizarre, but I’ve heard/read plenty of Steepsterites suggest the opposite, steeping rooibos for a really long time to get the flavours out more,but yet it apparently somehow the base is harnessed and doesn’t get any stronger at a certain point? I’ve tried it a couples times, like leaving it for 10 minutes or so, but I really don’t seem to notice the difference.

MissB

Yep, longer steep on this one = strong rooibos flavor that I also find offputting. Under five minutes and a bit of a lower temperature, and it’s delicious. Well, with a touch of sweetener too. For me, anyway.

mewakeling

Thanks for the advice, I tossed in some Lemon Chiffon with a bit of sweetener and watched the steep time carefully, and it was so much better! Now I can understand why people love these blends, the rooibos was nowhere near as dominant and overpowering.

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