Root Beer Float

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Honeybush Rooibos Blend
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190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 11 oz / 325 ml

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An ice cold frosted mug, a root beers froth running down the side with a big ‘ole scoop o’ vanilla ice cream plopped right down into the cup. That’s the flavor! Simple as that, Root Beer Float! MMM!

Ingredients: Green rooibos, honeybush, root beer flavor, dried ice cream bits, white cornflower

Allergens: Contains dairy – For more allergy info visit our FAQ

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Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving

Water Temp: 210°F

Steep Time: 2-5 minutes

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11 Tasting Notes

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1614 tasting notes

Next up on my evening of trying out new teas! This one was purchased from Janelle in a sample size to give me a taste before deciding whether or not to include it in my Black Friday order. I also recieved Butiki’s Root Beer Float tea today as well, so I’m thinking I might have to drink that one directly after this so I can get a comparison of the tastes and determine which I like better. I don’t think there’s any reason for me to keep two Root Beer teas stocked which seem to be so similar in base and ingredients.

Dry, this one smells slightly “medicinal root beer” like – kind of like when you get those old fashioned root beers that are in the glass bottle with the kind of bottle cap that doesn’t just twist off. That makes sense considering this utilises a rooibos base and that often tastes a little medicinal to people. I love those old fashioned type of root beers: I think a lightly medicinal sort of tasting root beer seems more natural and “real” rootbeer tasting. I also get some creaminess and vanilla notes in the dry leaf that do work with the “float” aspect of the tea as well.

For steeping, I used 1 tsp. level in 8 oz. boiling water steeped for about 3 min. 30 seconds. The liquor is a really rich brown colour: actually sort of the colour of an old fashioned root beer. I say old fashioned, because I find non old fashioned root beers, like Barq’s is a much darker (almost black) colour. Even though I used a fine mesh strainer I did still wind up with a bunch of floaty bits in my mug, though.

The smell is distinctly rooibos, with a light rootbeer smell that follow the rooibos in a less noticeable way. I feel like in the smell I lose the creaminess associated with the “float”.

For taste, the rooibos is definitely strong and very present. I often get the woodiness associated with rooibos and NOT the medicinal taste, but in this blend I am very much getting medical notes and finding an absence of woodiness. Like previously stated, though, I think that medicinal taste works in this blend because it’s strengthening the comparison of an old fashioned root beer drink. I do wish the root beer taste was just a bit more present. I’ve lost a lot of the creaminess, but what is still here manages to linger in the aftertaste for a pretty long time.

I don’t think I’d call this Root Beer Float, but instead Old Fashioned Root Beer (the “Dad’s Rootbeer” brand comes to mind). It’s still a really good tea though, and I’m very much enjoying the cup. I’m excited to try Butiki’s version immediately following and do a comparison.

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1715 tasting notes

For some reason I am just now getting around to writing a tasting note about this tea. I bought it over the summer for when I’m craving soda, plus, I love having rootbeer rooibos on hand for tea parties with my son. It is such a fun way to introduce him to tea.

I definitely prefer it iced over hot, something about warm root beer is just a little odd to me. What I love about this particular version (I have tried several others) is that it has a bit of a vanilla flavor to it as well the rootbeer, likely from the dried ice cream bits. It really does taste somewhat like a rootbeer float. Such a fun tea!

I don’t order this often, but it will definitely make a seasonal appearance in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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471 tasting notes

I was really impressed by the authentic root beer flavor in this tea. It is not a tea that I’d drink often, but a fun novelty drink nonetheless. It was another win for my husband, so I may have this one on hand more often than not.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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1248 tasting notes

First to review this one? How did that happen? I’m always up for trying any new blends from Della Terra. I must admit though… I think I’m falling out of love with rooibos because it seems that any rooibos likes to leave tiny rooibos pieces to irritate the back of my throat that is already bothering me, no matter how well my infuser does with screening out the rooibos. I think they are really tiny pieces! I have no idea why I’m just noticing that now. But I don’t think it would be a problem if rooibos was made out of bigger pieces. Anyway, this blend didn’t have that affect as much as other blends.

I was looking for the little ice cream bits here but wasn’t able to spot many in my sample. If I think about it now, rooibos almost naturally seems like root beer somehow. The flavor and fragrance is almost there anyway. But there is a root beer flavor here… I just wish there was more. And more creaminess. Next time I’ll try two teaspoons.

TheTeaFairy

As I remember, even the DavidsTea version of this was missing the float part!

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333 tasting notes

This was something I got in the middle of summer. It smells so good, like root beer. The flavour is there as well. This was one of those teas that should be brewed more often iced, and a little sweet. (Took a bottle of it iced with me to a Fourth of July event… was so glad I did.)

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 15 sec

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474 tasting notes

What fun! This does honestly taste like a cup of root beer. I didn’t think it was possible, but the taste is bang on. Tons of fun to drink! Next time I am going to try this iced. As my bf pointed out, if I were to cut it with sparkling water, I could make a real cup of root beer!

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749 tasting notes

Rooibos (and honeybush) and I mostly don’t get a long. I am very sensitive to the metallic and peppery flavours in both. Every once in a while I taste a rooibos tea that is just super excellent. But I don’t know what it is. I have not yet found a pattern between low quality, high quality, low price, high price, etc., that gives me a consistent good tasting tea.

In saying all that above, I had to try this tea because it is root beer. I like to think of myself as a rootbeer connoisseur. I have never found a root beer that I didn’t like. Although A and W still reigns supreme. This dry tea smelled pretty good. Like a strong root beer. Almost like a root beer candy. So I had to try it.

The brewed tea however, is just full of pepper. (sad face). There is definitely a root beer flavour. More like a watered down root beer float. So the taste is there, it just isn’t strong enough. The problem is, if I would try to make is stronger by steeping longer or using more tea, then it would be a mouth full of pepper. And not the spice that comes a long with pepper, but the actual taste of black pepper.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
OMGsrsly

Ohh, A&W. <3 A local German deli used to bring in a small batch natural root beer that was amazing too, but in a different way. :)

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1107 tasting notes

I think (?) with this tea, I will have tried all the root beer teas out there. This is also the strangest in the bunch, to me. Cotton candy root beer anyone?

Thanks to Janelle for sharing this with me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Weird combo for sure !

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15 tasting notes

I tried this hot first, and that was a little… odd. It tastes like root beer, certainly, but when hot, it’s like hot, flat root beer – not so pleasant.

Iced, it’s awesome! I cold steeped it for about 2 hours before I got too impatient and had to drink it. Ideally, I would have probably cold steeped it for about 2.5 – 3 hours. I sweetened it a little bit and poured it over ice. The root beer flavor is spot on, though I don’t get very much ice creaminess. Basically root beer, not root beer float. My only minor issue is that my ForLife steeper/makeshift strainer wasn’t able to catch the smallest bits of rooibos, so there are some tiny little pieces floating in my iced tea. I feel like I might have them all over my teeth when I’m done. Fun novelty iced tea.

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