Garlic Vanilla

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From Distinctly Tea

Red rooibos, garlic flakes, cornflower, natural vanilla flavouring

1 heaping tsp, boil water, 8 oz cup, 5-7 min.

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Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this interesting tea!

The dry leaf didn’t have a great deal of aroma, but once infused, it was kind of a sweet, stinky foot sort of smell, haha. Kind of strange.

The flavour is… very interesting. I’m picking up on the tomato-y note that Raritea mentioned, and definitely can taste the garlic, which is coming off as weirdly savoury. I suspect that’s in part because of the rooibos base. I can’t really taste the vanilla, but I honestly think it would taste really funky here, alongside the garlicky tomato-y rooibos-ness.

Caaaaan’t say I’d want to be having this again :) It’s a bit on the weird side for me, and I’m not a big fan of rooibos blends to begin with. Perhaps a garlic-flavoured white tea would suit me a little better. Or a vegetal garlic green.

Thanks again for the sample though, Raritea!

ETA: Apparently I should be thanking Sil for this as well?? Anyhow, let this cool overnight, and just took a sip… holy garlic! Much stronger than last night, and actually a little stomach churning first thing in the morning. There are 2-3 sips left, but I think I might toss the rest. The thought of more garlic doesn’t appeal to me right now.

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Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

that be interesting, vegetal garlic green or garlic white! Oooh a mate garlic!


I think vegetal flavours could go well with garlic! You’d have to be careful about too many caramel/sweet notes though (or perhaps it would work…. I’ve caramelized garlic with brown sugar and such before, and it was tasty albeit strange…)


Garlic with vanilla? That sounds like a joke to me! Ew. I love garlic but cannot imagine wanting to drink an infusion of it. Also can’t see how it would mingle pleasantly with vanilla?! Weird!


Yeaaahhhh. Weird is the right word for it…


This tea is as weird sounding as pickle snow cone flavor.


Pickle snow cones? I adore pickles but the thought of that makes me gag a bit.



Pia M

Hmmmm, strange as it sounds, this Garlic Vanilla tea sounds really intriguing! I am from Italy and put garlic in just about everything…could that be why? :-)


Eh…. I didn’t mind it when I had it just after it was brewed, but man…. I almost barfed when I took a sip in the morning…. and I love garlic! It just wasn’t the right combination for me.

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So this tea had me expecting more. It’s basically a vanilla rooibos that isn’t TOO rooibos-y that has hints of garlic in the after taste. I was really hoping for a more garlic dominated tea just for something interesting to drink. Overall not bad, but obviously nothing relaly workth writing home about either.

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

This just sounds strange! A ginger garlic sounds like a good combo though.


Might be interesting to cook with!


There’s a lot more garlic in the after taste as it cooled.


Oooh! Garlic? so unsure about that…


it was pretty interesting. Not as weird as i thought it would be :)


If you had left it sitting overnight, you would have tasted MAJOR GARLIC. It seemed to intensify the longer it sat.

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1 tablespoon for 375 ml

Garlic flavour is pleasant- not too strong. Slightly bitter and wheat-y mouthfeel in the middle of the sip. Vanilla sweetness is present into the aftertaste. Tomato-y hint and maple syrup sweetness from rooibos flavour into the aftertaste. Overall, the flavour profile is rather plain. Slight creamy mouthfeel.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

Strange and interesting!


hahahahaha you finally tried it! :) Azz it was picked up purely for the random weirdness of it.


Weird! lol, tomato. . .

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

hmm, I googled around and I can’t find this tea – where do you get it?


O.o I am SO curious…


I picked this one up at the Toronto Tea Festival! Also, Kittenna, I have enough to share so I’ll save some for you :)


This sounds so amazing…garlic tea. Revolutionary! :) I must try this.

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