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This sounded like an odd combination the first time I saw it, but it was included free with the missing portion of one of my orders awhile back. I probably would have been content to let it sit untried awhile longer, but my dad just called and asked me to go through my tea for any Della Terra rooibos blends I could send home with my mom. It seems that he’s fallen in love with a few and wants to try as many as possible. Time to dust this one off before I pass it on to him.

This tea didn’t score any points with me based on scent, the brewed tea smelled like rooibos and orange peels. Not a combination that would appeal to me in the slightest seeing that I don’t care for either, but it did have a subtle scent of cinnamon and pepper which smelled nice.

Taste wise, it was a blend of lemon, orange and rooibos and a little kick at the end from the peppercorn. I wasn’t sure how well the peppercorns would work here, but I really liked that subtle kick at the end. It cut through the bitterness from the orange peel and said here I am. I’m not a huge fan of the bitterness that the orange peels add to the blend, but that is just a personal preference, and it mellows out a bit as the tea starts to cool. I actually don’t think this is a bad tasting blend, it’s just not my type of tea, but I think this one will really appeal to my father.

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

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Oregon, WI

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