Safari Spice Red Tea

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Fruit Herbal Rooibos Blend
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195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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  • “Sipdown! I found four bags of this while reorganizing my stash of bagged tea, and decided to use them all up. Steeped all four in 16 oz, and immediately poured into my iced-filled water bottle. The...” Read full tasting note
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    Fiddling 93 tasting notes
  • “My first foray into rooibos. Smells wonderful, but mostly of cinnamon, ginger, and berries... I don't know what rooibos smells like and so I couldn't tell if there was a rooibos aroma hidden...” Read full tasting note
    Sojobo 7 tasting notes
  • “I wanted to try a new rooibos since I am starting to really love it. The tea doesn't have the qualities I love about rooibos, that strong honey component. I was hoping this would have a flavoring...” Read full tasting note
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    MelissaW 256 tasting notes
  • “I like this stuff! At first I thought the flavor was kind of weak, and that it just didn't satisfy my needs, but as I continued drinking, it gradually started to win me over. Now, it has officially...” Read full tasting note
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    n1kgqh 8 tasting notes

From Celestial Seasonings

Native only to the mountainous Cederberg region of South Africa, Rooibos (or red tea) is naturally sweet and has a slightly nutty flavor with hints of cherry and toffee. Safari Spice infuses pure Rooibos with the flavor of ripe berries and exotic spices like ginger, cinnamon and the unique sweet piquanté pepper to create a balanced cup with a pleasant, lingering spiciness.
— Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster Since 1975

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13 Tasting Notes

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93 tasting notes

Sipdown! I found four bags of this while reorganizing my stash of bagged tea, and decided to use them all up. Steeped all four in 16 oz, and immediately poured into my iced-filled water bottle. The strength ended up being perfect, so I may just have to repeat this method to get rid of some of my other Celestial Seasonings teas.

This tasted mostly like hibiscus, but I didn’t find it to be overpowering or unpleasant. There was a spicy aftertaste, but it was bit on the weaker side. I’m not overly impressed by the quality of the rooibos, but it’s perfectly acceptable for a $2 box of bagged tea. Safari Spice, it as nice to know you, but I don’t expect that our paths will be crossing again anytime soon.

Preparation
Iced

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My first foray into rooibos.

Smells wonderful, but mostly of cinnamon, ginger, and berries… I don’t know what rooibos smells like and so I couldn’t tell if there was a rooibos aroma hidden under all the heavy spices. Pleasant, fills rooms.

Nice orange red color.

Tastes relatively bland though. No initial flavors hit the tongue, other than a slight vague sweetness, and as you swallow you pick up a hint of pepper (probably from the piquante peppers in it) and tart berry, but not much. A bit astringent, not unpleasantly, leaves mouth just a bit dry, which I like on cold days.

Rather disappointing overall, would not buy again.

takgoti

I have become a huge fan of rooibos as of late. I find it extremely comforting. It’s also near impossible to mess up the steeping of it as well, which means that I always know I’m in for a good cup.

Samovar makes one of my absolute favorites called Ocean of Wisdom. I’d recommend trying it out if you’re looking around.

Sojobo

Thanks for the suggestion! I’d also like to say I enjoy your reviews quite a bit more than I should; loaded with pertinent review information and also fun to read, keep it up!

takgoti

Oh, wow. I think I’m blushing. Thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoy them!

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256 tasting notes

I wanted to try a new rooibos since I am starting to really love it. The tea doesn’t have the qualities I love about rooibos, that strong honey component. I was hoping this would have a flavoring similar to their Island Mate Spice, which I truly loved. It’s more like a cinnamon tea than anything else. I shouldn’t shop when I’m thristy!

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Sarah Ruthven

my cousin used to drink this tea all the time and loved it. I am a fan of Sweet Sin from Joy’s Teaspoon. It is a rooibos with vanilla and raspberry and I think has a natural sweetness that is really tasty! Just a thought.

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8 tasting notes

I like this stuff! At first I thought the flavor was kind of weak, and that it just didn’t satisfy my needs, but as I continued drinking, it gradually started to win me over. Now, it has officially won me over. The flavor is delicate, but it has that earthy rooibos taste that give it a nice little element. It also has spice and a predominant berry flavor going on here. Its a blend that somehow just makes sense, despite the fact that it seems like a bunch of random ingredients thrown together in a bag. A little sugar imo really helps bring out the flavors.

Good job celelstial seasonings! This is my first tea from you guys, so I’ll be checking you out further. I’ll also be checking out more rooibos blends, as I feel its more suitable when mixed with other ingredients, rather than by itself.

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Not bad. Not great. All I taste, even with long steeping, is a vague berry flavor. Probably will not buy again. I was expecting something more like a blend of Bengal Spice and rooibos, but there’s no spice or even cinnamon flavor there. Probably will not buy again.

Update: contributed this tea to the office coffee/tea stash. Others may enjoy more than I did.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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5 tasting notes

Normally I drink herbal Chai in the mornings, since I need flavor and aroma instead of caffeine to.help me wake up. When I woke up this morning and realized we were out of milk, I had to come up with something else to drink.

I decided on Safari Spice. I bought this on a whim a few weeks ago, and had not tried it yet. Next time, I think I will either steep this tea longer or use two teabags. Although I really like the flavors in Safari Spice, none of it hit me until the tea hit the back of my mouth. The initial flavor was a bland rooibos flavor, present, but only really there in spirit. I really want to like this tea, and I love the flavors I got after each swallow, so I will just chalk this up to steeper error and try again when I am not annoyed by having no milk for my chai. Check back soon to see how goes my second cup of Safari Spice!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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12 tasting notes

This is a wonderful rooibos for cold winter days, or any other day, if you feel like it! Awesome spice and fruit flavour, with that peppery kick in the end which I love. Great with a bit of milk, in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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my first experience with rooibos outside of starbucks/CBTL. gotta say pretty yummy. i drank some plain – yummy – decided to add some vanilla creamer – also yummy and reminded me of a mix of a chai tea latte and vanilla rooibos tea latte from CBTL, my two favorites. perfect combination of sweet and spicy.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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63 tasting notes

A very delicious and clever cup! This is a berry, ginger, cinnamon, and sweet piquanté pepper blend. This is a tea-bag and it’s very satisfying. This one is my favorite of Celestial Seasonings’ red teas.

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8 tasting notes

This tea is yummmmmy. It’s different from other spiced rooibos teas, and I like this version better. It tastes a little more down to earth than say good earth, though both are good. Looking at the box, it looks like the ingredient labeled sweet piquante pepper flavor is the only major thing different. Mmmmmm, yummmmmmmy. =]

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