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drank Swaziland Rooibos by Cornelia Bean
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This tea is supposed to have a bunch of different components: pineapple bits, mango bits, cherry bits, apple bits, hazelnut leaves, sunflower blossoms, rose hips, rose blossoms, mallow blossoms, marigold blossoms, and peppermint. I definitely would have never guessed because flavorwise, I am getting rooibos, a generic floral/fruit sweetness, and maybe a hint of mint right at the end of the sip. It is not bad but it certainly does not deliver on all it promises. I did prep some of this to cold brew so perhaps more flavors will come out that way? We shall see…

Kayla

Do you know why it has “Swaziland” in the name? Peaked my interest because I am going there in October.

VariaTEA

I have no idea. Perhaps the company thinks the flavors they added are representative of flavors you might find there?

Kayla

Sounds like a tea I should try then. haha

VariaTEA

Probably. And then you can let us know if it is representative after your trip :P

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Kayla

Do you know why it has “Swaziland” in the name? Peaked my interest because I am going there in October.

VariaTEA

I have no idea. Perhaps the company thinks the flavors they added are representative of flavors you might find there?

Kayla

Sounds like a tea I should try then. haha

VariaTEA

Probably. And then you can let us know if it is representative after your trip :P

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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