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drank Rooibush Eggnog by TeaGschwendner
186 tasting notes

I got home from Christmas at my aunt’s house not too long ago, and I really wanted to tear into some of the tea I got for Christmas. But it was soooo late, that I definitely couldn’t have anything with caffeine. So I opened up this sample that TeaGschwendner gave me, complimentary with my order from them (and they included a personalized note and it was signed, by a real person). I figured, what the heck, it’s Christmas, and this is an Eggnog tea, and eggnog is pretty much THE Christmas beverage.

When I opened up the little resealable package, I was immediately hit with the scent of eggnog. Like, real, honest-to-goodness eggnog. If you had blindfolded me and put this under my nose, I would have thought there was a glass of eggnog near my face. It’s rich and creamy smelling.

This is the first time that I saw rooibos up close and personal, loose-leaf style. The only other rooibos I’ve ever had was that ROT Dream by the Fire blend, which I really didn’t enjoy. I could smell something similar in this bag to the ROT bag, so I figure that’s what rooibos smells like! Woodsy sweet.

Anyway, I steeped this up, and the resulting infusion was a beautiful sunset burnt orange. The smell coming off the liquod had a rooibos slant, but the eggnog was the dominant aroma. I’m not the hugest fan of eggnog, but I really do like Silk’s rendition of it.

On my first sip, I was quite surprised. It’s mild and smooth, and almost creamy-like. The eggnog doesn’t hit you until the tail end of the sip, and it tastes very convincing and natural. Like someone poured some eggnog into my rooibos. The effect was a bit uncanny and disconcerting. It’s a fairly sweet flavored tea, so I wouldn’t add any additional sugar (not that I ever add any to begin with). The eggnog flavoring definitely doesn’t overpower the taste of the rooibos, which I think I’m starting to get a feeling for on its own. I think I’m actually enjoying the taste. It’s fairly mild and sweet, even though it sort of looks like pencil sharpener shavings.

I sipped this with the boyfriend as we chatted about Christmas, and it just felt very snuggly and homey. I don’t think that I’d be able to drink this on a daily basis, for sure. It’s extremely seasonal. But it’s a really fun substitute for eggnog. One of those teas you curl up next to a fire on a cold winter’s night. And a perfect cap to this dreary Christmas evening!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Aw, this entry is so cozy! The woodsy sweet is also what I get from rooibos. Maybe with a puff of spice [like you’d get in cider, not from chili peppers]. And this tea sounds delicious! Glad you and boyfriend had something nice to curl up with.

chana

Ooh, you made this sound so nice it made me go look it up to check about ordering it! Sadly, the US site of the company only ships to the US, and the European site doesn’t have the rooibush eggnog! Ah well. Enjoy it!

teaplz

Oh booo, chana! I would definitely send you some if I had more than one cup! And now it’s all gone. :(

chana

52teas just came out with a Rooibos Eggnog this week!

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takgoti

Aw, this entry is so cozy! The woodsy sweet is also what I get from rooibos. Maybe with a puff of spice [like you’d get in cider, not from chili peppers]. And this tea sounds delicious! Glad you and boyfriend had something nice to curl up with.

chana

Ooh, you made this sound so nice it made me go look it up to check about ordering it! Sadly, the US site of the company only ships to the US, and the European site doesn’t have the rooibush eggnog! Ah well. Enjoy it!

teaplz

Oh booo, chana! I would definitely send you some if I had more than one cup! And now it’s all gone. :(

chana

52teas just came out with a Rooibos Eggnog this week!

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

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