Second soda-related tea of the evening! This one I’d not tried before, but it’s been lurking in my stash trying to catch my eye for a while now, and I figured it was time to give it a chance. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf and a piece of crystal sugar, and gave it 5 minutes. No milk this time, although it might be worth trying in future. The scent dry and while brewing isn’t putting me overwhelmingly in mind of root beer – I’m getting mainly rooibos.
I guess that’s why my first sip of the brewed tea is such a surprise. It’s a fairly dead-on recreation of a root beer float! The the slightly spicy, distinctive root beer flavour comes out in the initial sip, and then a delightful creaminess, just like vanilla ice cream, develops in the aftertaste. There’s also something that’s reminiscent of carbonation, a slightly bubbly fizziness on the tongue, although I have no idea how that’s achieved or where it comes from! This is a subtle tea, and the rooibos is relatively prominent, but the flavouring is just too good, and too accurate, for me to really want to quibble. This will be an enjoyable addition to my evening rotation, and possibly one I’ll look to restock.