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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 228 ml

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When we were children our favorite summer dessert was rootbeer floats. The earthy delicious taste of root beer combined with sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream was a sheer delight. When we thought of making teas that children might enjoy, root beer quickly came to mind. This extremely aromatic tea will assail your senses with its intoxicatingly sweet aroma. The brewed cup is well balanced and refreshing on the palate.

Ingredients: black teas, sarsaparilla root , and rootbeer flavor.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.

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32 Tasting Notes

1550 tasting notes

Starting the day off with a sip down. As potent the scent of the root beer flavouring is, I wish it came through more in the actual flavour, or that they used a different base. This one kind of gets a little dry-tasting, especially when you cold brew it.

But I’m so glad I ordered this one.


I do love the smell hah.

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8055 tasting notes

Wow… i have to say this is a totally interesting tea! I’m not sure it’s something that I would drink often, but man i could go for this occasionally. Not only does it smell intensely like root beery but the taste is pretty damn close as well! I had some of this hot and then it accidently was left to cool right off while i was on a call. I can say, cold, this is VERY much like root beer. Hot, it’s still much like root beer but a little less so. Either way, if you’re looking for a root beer tea, this is it! :)


Have you had the DAVIDsTEA root beer float? I’m wondering how they compare.


I haven’t but Kittenna has and says this one is better than DT and 52 teas butter beer if i recall correctly.


This is on my to buy list! can’t wait to try it with fizzy water in the summer :P


Lol crazy girl!


always!! heh

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1607 tasting notes

I’ve finally determined without a doubt- I like this one much better at 2 minutes. Anything more and it gets heavy, losing the delicate root beer flavour which seems to get lost under whatever base is used. Makes for a lighter cup but I kinda like it that way :)
Great with or without a pinch of sugar!

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3134 tasting notes

This smells so strongly like root beer, it’s crazy! And the flavour is the most authentic root beer flavour I’ve tried in a tea yet. I’m drinking this cold because I left it for quite a while, and I think it’s great this way, but I should try it hot as well.

The only downside to this tea is that although I like root beer, I don’t think this is a tea I’d want to drink too often.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

Even more authentic than Butterbeer? That’s hard to believe.


I am drinking a cup of Butterbeer right now, and yep, I think S&V’s wins on that front! The Butterbeer is more caramelly and… sophisticated, IMO, while the S&V version is much more like pop. Both blow the DavidsTea version away though.


Interesting. Thanks for the tip!

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871 tasting notes

Received this in a swap from Courtney. Thanks so much. This was one of the first teas I ever put on my steepster wishlist.

The dry tea smells super delicious. Sweet and creamy, thick, foamy rootbeer. Unfortunately, the brewed tea does not live up to the deliciousness of the smell. I love root beer, I will lean towards more of an A and W rootbeer or a sasparilla vs. a Barqs, but its all good. I have also tried many a rootbeer tea.

This one is ok. It is quite flat in taste. There is none of that spark that rootbeer usually has. It seems to have some root, but not so much beer. I did add a few lumps of rock sugar, but it seemed to sweeten the tea only minimally. Maybe it needed much more. There is some thickness to the tea. It is not terribly creamy but there is a distinct vanilla taste. It is much more rootbeer-like after it cools. I do have a cup cold brewing as I type, for later today.

I have tried other S & V teas before, and the black tea base just doesn’t seem to work for me.

Thanks so much Courtney for letting me try this tea.

This was my first tasting note in the new format, and I don’t like it. Call me a grumpy, old fashioned steepsterite, but it just seemed quite complicated to write what should bave been a quick note. I also don’t like how complicated it is to try to review your note immediately after saving it. Just show it to me all at one time.

Jeez…I apparently have not had enough tea today :)

Edit: I made this as a cold brew. It brewed for about 6 hours. 1.5 tsp in 10 oz of water. I added about 1 tsp of white sugar. I also made this as a tea soda by adding about 1/2 cup of Perrier. It is ok. Better cold than hot. There is strong vanilla and a very bite-y rootbeer taste. It is quite watered down but I anticipated that due to the steeping parameters I used and adding the Perrier.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Aw sorry this one didn’t work out so well.


That’s ok. It is always worth it to try a tea. You never know until you try. I am obviously a bit of a rootbeer snob so it was probably me and not the tea. :)

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2199 tasting notes

Iced. With sweetened condensed milk.

Do it. Actually, try it with any black tea you can brew very strong. I love this in the summer, even though it isn’t the most healthy. :)

It is making me crave a root beer float, though. Ohh, that would be so good with fancy root beer and coconut “frozen dessert”.

(Steeped in 8 oz, added 2 tsp sweetened condensed milk, poured over enough ice to chill it thoroughly. I use mugs for this as I’ve had too many glass things break.)

Edit: Thank you, Fjellrev!!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I may have to try that :)


Doooo! I have a few teas I really like iced this way. Fruity ones, desserty ones, etc. :) (Oh, if I didn’t need to stop with the caffeine I’d try with mango. Yum!)


I did this with Oh Canada. OMG, so yummy!


I’m going to be doing this with All The Teas! because I have a whole tin of sweetened condensed milk in the fridge. :)

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Ooooh!!! I may need to do a Simpson & Vail order soon! I’ve been searching for a good root beer tea since DAVIDs discontinued root beer float (and I’m hoarding the last little bit of what I have til I find a replacement), and upon looking at their site there’s a TON I want to try! WOO! Thanks for the head’s up!!!!


A lot of their stuff is pretty good. And it’s certainly reasonable. :) This is one I think I’d want more of. This and Gingerbread.


I think Butiki has a Root Beer honeybush still.


Yes they do! And I like it a lot.

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1431 tasting notes

Had to try this after the root beer debate from Butiki’s lovely honeybush blend, just to see how it measures up.

First off, this is a super fragrant tea. It smells strongly of root beer, and it needs to be quarantined from the rest of the teas. Steeped, it smells less of root beer, however still pleasantly so.

Steeped, I find it less amazing than Butiki’s offering. Butiki’s is creamier, which is a flavor/feel that I absolutely adore, especially with a root beer -flavored tea. I must admit though, this gets creamier and even better tasting as it cools; hot, it’s just okay.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

I totally agree.


I find that many S&V teas taste better as they cool. I don’t mind this, I prefer to drink my tea slightly warmer than room temperature.

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738 tasting notes

Having this lovely tea as a bit of a pick-me-up. I took a break to throw ingredients in the crockpot for chicken tortilla soup, but I’m back to work here now. I feel like I managed to get a substantial amount done today. I still have a good hour to get some more done too, before I start falling asleep at my computer.

I keep this tea in a plastic bag, inside a tin to keep the scent from leeching out. The scent is wonderful, and so very root beer-esque, but not all my teas need to smell like that! I think S&V teas lose their potency a little quicker than other teas, but they all start out incredibly potent smelling, so I don’t really mind.


Chicken tortilla soup! * drools*


The bag inside the tin is a good idea!


Kat_Maria the crockpot is the best too, just throw it in and forget about it!

Hello.Kiki it’s the scent definitely seeps through the bag, but I’m hoping when I perhaps clean that tin out it’ll be easier since the leaves never actually touch it hah. :)


I’ve started putting sandwich bags inside my tins. It does make cleanup much easier!


lol…my problem with that is that then you can’t fit as much tea inside! what kind of bags? like cheap and thin sandwich bags?

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106 tasting notes

To say this smells exactly like root beer is an understatement. I could smell this tea before I even opened the box it was shipped in. It is currently making my office smell like root beer. It took me a while to convince myself that it wouldn’t be weird to drink this hot, because hot root beer is kind of a strange thought. But I finally brewed it and it’s good. The smell of this tea is stronger than the taste which is a little bit disappointing. But it IS delicious. I can’t wait to make this iced.

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271 tasting notes

This one travelled to me via MissB ‘s Mystery Box a loooong time ago (verging on 3 years, I think). I have drank it before, I just haven’t gotten around to writing up any tasting notes on it yet.

I definitely think age has gotten the best of this tea, unfortunately, since I remember it tasting more strongly of root beer the last time I drank it. This time I got a lot of smokiness in the scent, so much so that I was starting to doubt my labelling and thought it was a lapsang. No smokiness in the flavour, though, and definitely root beer. It’s mild but definitely there. I actually prefer the root beer flavouring mild, since strong root beer always comes across as medicinal to me. It’s not something which is common here in the UK and I was probably 19 or 20 the first time I drank root beer, and the flavour is still kinda bizarre to me. Anyway, this comes across as more natural to me, which is probably at least partly down to the sarsaparilla root. Is root beer sarsaparilla flavoured? I’m not a big fan of root beer as a drink but I love sarsaparilla tablets (old-fashioned hard boiled sweets). When I tried this tea plain the black tea base was pretty astringent and strong, and pushed the root beer to the back of the sip. I added half a sugar and it brought out the root beer flavour some more, and this was how I liked the root beer flavour the best, but the tea was still too astringent for me to drink a whole mug of so I had to add milk, which helped a lot with the astringency but almost completely erased the root beer. Root beer is also not a flavour I particularly want to drink with milk. I have enough leaf left for one more mug of this tea, and I think I’ll use water below boiling to see if this improves the astringency enough that I can drink it without milk.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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