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Rooibos with Camomile (Rooibos a la camomille)

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Rooibos Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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  • “I will preface this review with a fact: I am not a huge fan of camomile. I like the smell of camomile and will occasionally have a cup in the evening, when I make it for my daughter, as it's the...” Read full tasting note
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    ssajami 137 tasting notes
  • “When I opened the sealed bag, I did not remember what the tea had looked like when I had purchased it a few months ago. I was disappointed to see that the chamomile was finely grounded almost to...” Read full tasting note
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    LaFleurBleue 111 tasting notes
  • “I am not against Camomile, but for me it was always a "tisane", and nothing more - something that my grandfathers dranked before sleeping. Here with rooibos, camomile's flavour gets bodied and...” Read full tasting note
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    milani 4 tasting notes

From Le Palais des Thes

Native to South Africa, Rooibos bush is a different plant from the tea plant, which gives a pleasant beverage with no caffeine and almost no tannin.
Camomile is traditionally used as a sedative. Its relaxing action on the nerves is particularly good for insomniacs. It also has a beneficial effect on headaches and can keep nightmares away if drunk before bedtime.

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I will preface this review with a fact: I am not a huge fan of camomile. I like the smell of camomile and will occasionally have a cup in the evening, when I make it for my daughter, as it’s the only tea she will drink, but I almost never reach for the camomile on my own.

I do, however, love love love rooibos.

And so, this blend was intruiging.

Camomile only seems gentle and unassuming, but in this blend it actualy managed to overpower the rooibos. I was hoping for a better balance, but I’m getting mostly camomile and only a little rooibos. It’s there, but taking a clear second place to the camomile.

I do think, however, that this tea will be good iced, or as a base for other blends. Perhaps I will try to mix this with a bit of plain rooibos, vanilla rooibos, or maybe green rooibos, to see if it mellows out the camomile a bit.

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When I opened the sealed bag, I did not remember what the tea had looked like when I had purchased it a few months ago. I was disappointed to see that the chamomile was finely grounded almost to powder and that there were not any entire flowers. A rooibos is usually always made up of small pieces, but this one is even finer than all the others I’ve had. Even the tiny holes of my new strainer are not small enough to prevent it from spilling into the teapot. And the strainer is quite difficult to clean as some pieces keeps getting stuck in the holes; I do not have this problem with any other rooibos I have which cannot endear this one to me.
Next let’s come to the tasting. The brew is not really clear, as a result from the dust spilling. The smell is quite nice, strong on chamomile with the sweetness brought by the rooibos.
The taste is ok, but keeps disappointing me.
Two months ago, while staying in a nice hotel in Malaysia, I had a chamomile after dinner that was the best I ever had; the following morning I discovered with pleasure Gryphon tea. This chamomile was just plain flowers steeping in hot water, but the taste was fresh, mild with no hint of bitterness or unpleasant aftertaste, well really perfect. I had not asked for the brand of the chamomile then, which I regret.
Since then my expectations have highly risen. And that’s probably the reason why I’m disappointed here. The hashed chamomile has a hint of something slightly bitter in it. And the rooibos base from Le Palais des Thés is too weak to add enough creaminess to compensate for it.
The verbena rooibos was a better blend than this one IMO.
I’ll try it iced though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I am not against Camomile, but for me it was always a “tisane”, and nothing more – something that my grandfathers dranked before sleeping. Here with rooibos, camomile’s flavour gets bodied and that’s a very good thing, because it suddenly gets a full tea’s status in my mouth. I enjoyed it very much.
As alway for (not green) rooibos, you don’t have the full body of it if you let it steep for less than 5 minutes. In that case, it’s crucial.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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