3 Tasting Notes
I did not like this tea at all.
It was too perfume-y. While the tea is in my mouth, I don’t taste much but rooibos, but once I swallowed the tea, it left this very strong flowery taste in my mouth. The fragrant of Jasmine was just too strong for me. Into the trashcan. :(
I had a high expectations from this tea because of its name – Mariage Freres.
Method: in a tea bag
Amount: heaping tea spoonful
When I tried it the first time, I was very disappointed. I was expecting something smooth and rich vanilla flavored tea. Instead, what I got was rooibos with a VERY mild scent of vanilla. I thought it might become better if I add some milk. So I did. No, it didn’t improve at all, it actually made it worse because the vanilla scent got even thinner.
I wasn’t quite ready to throw away an almost full can of rooibos tea. What I did next was to increase the amount of tea from heaping tea spoonful to 1 1/2. It got a lot better!
I think the key to have this tea is to go really generous with the tea leaf, and use new tea leaf for every cup. It seems not very economical but the vanilla flavor wears off after first cup. I think I’ll try other flavors of rooibos from MF but not sure if I would buy this one again. I’m just glad that I found a way to finish the canful of tea and enjoy it at the same time.
This was my first green rooibos tea experience. I figured I should try without any frill before I explore the flavored kind. Turned out really good – I didn’t know what to expect and what I tasted was nothing like red rooibos that I knew. This tastes almost like Hojicha (Japanese roasted green tea) with a hint of sweetness in aftertaste.
I am now excited to try different flavors.