Duchess' First Love

Tea type
Black Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
Calendula Petals, Caramel, Ceylon Black Tea, Cornflower Petals, Hazelnuts, Red Rooibos
Flavors
Caramel, Rooibos, Creamy, Nutty
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Shae
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I’m completely new to tea reviewing (in fact, this is my very first review), but I’ll try to be specific about why I love this tea so much. I first bought some at a tea shop in...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I love the idea of mixing rooibos and caramel, and I can smell both here. It’s quite a fragrant dry blend. I’m not sure how well this one will resteep with the rooibos but I plan to...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I ended up buying a tin of this from Amoda Tea, so I’m happy to report that I still like it. :) I’m getting more of a bergamot flavour in this than I did with the sample I tried...” Read full tasting note
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    smallstar42 338 tasting notes
  • “Backlog: Revisiting this tea makes me miss Amoda! I really did enjoy getting their boxes each month. This was a lovely Earl Grey creme with an interesting twist – the addition of rooibos to...” Read full tasting note
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From Tay Tea

Perfect for chilly days, this creamy Earl Grey blended with herbal rooibos has sweet notes of caramel.

Also available at Amoda Tea

This is reminiscent of a creamy earl grey, but has the added bonus of sweet caramel and honeyed rooibos notes. The black tea in the blend gives it some backbone and the hazelnut crème caramel keeps you sipping. Even when the cup is empty the flavours keep lingering.

Ingredients: Ceylon black tea, rooibos, hazelnut pieces, cornflowers, calendula petals, caramel

Steep It
1 tsp per 8 oz cup
boiling
3-5 minutes

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10 Tasting Notes

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I’m completely new to tea reviewing (in fact, this is my very first review), but I’ll try to be specific about why I love this tea so much. I first bought some at a tea shop in Woodstock, NY… was incredibly sad when I ran out… and then incredibly relieved to find it for sale online. This tea has the perfect amount of sweetness and a lovely, subtle, caramel-y flavor. I’ve never added any sweetener—it doesn’t seem to need it—but you definitely could (maple syrup might actually be good, or raw sugar) to heighten the taste. Very delicious in the afternoon (it has a little caffeine, but not much, and I’m sensitive to caffeine after noon), and also wonderful iced.

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610 tasting notes

I love the idea of mixing rooibos and caramel, and I can smell both here. It’s quite a fragrant dry blend. I’m not sure how well this one will resteep with the rooibos but I plan to try it.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 18 minutes

I left this on my desk for a while but it didn’t seem to do any harm. It’s a good strength and a good temperature. The flavors are still there.

Flavors: Caramel, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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338 tasting notes

I ended up buying a tin of this from Amoda Tea, so I’m happy to report that I still like it. :) I’m getting more of a bergamot flavour in this than I did with the sample I tried earlier, balanced against the cream and caramel. I made it up with sugar and milk because I was in the mood for something sweet, but it’s also lovely plain.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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4839 tasting notes

Backlog:

Revisiting this tea makes me miss Amoda! I really did enjoy getting their boxes each month.

This was a lovely Earl Grey creme with an interesting twist – the addition of rooibos to the base and a hazelnut cream caramel flavor. A very memorable Earl Grey creme!

The dry leaf smells scrumptious – strong with notes of vanilla. The flavors work very well together in this blend. The bergamot has a pleasant tangy quality that is softened by the vanilla, and the caramel and hazelnut enhance each other very nicely to create a really decadent, dessert-like tea. It’s one of the more unusual twists to the classic Earl Grey that I’ve tasted, but it’s also one of the most indulgent! I really liked this.

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Cheri sent me this from the TEAlephone. It’s a pretty good chocolate rooibos tea, especially paired with a chocolately dessert. The chocolate flavoring is strong enough to leak out of the baggie and outdo the woody base. It also has a roasted, borderline burnt, quality after the tea’s cooled a bit.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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588 tasting notes

I’ve never seen a black tea/rooibos blend before. I’m intrigued! The dry leaf smells like caramel and citrus. I would almost say orange, but I know it’s not. The color of the brew is definitely orange, though. The rooibos is very assertive. Woody. It’s tempered by a hint of caramel and citrus. The citrus peeks out at the end of the sip. It’s a generic sort of citrus flavor. I wouldn’t know what it was if I didn’t read the label. The creaminess comes out in the aftertaste and lingers pleasantly long after the sip is over. Caramel builds up in the aftertaste as I near the bottom of the mug.

This tea is ok, but nothing special. I’ll probably get my dad to drink the rest.

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1774 tasting notes

Interesting! Not one I would have bought directly but it’s good. It’s only partially an EG with subtle bergamot notes and creamy caramel and rooibos woodiness. I think of creamy lemon custard even though that may all just be in my head!

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Sil

Friday makes me sad…..

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Awww. No more vacation?

Sil

Last day, but man it was effing amazing!

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3 tasting notes

Wasn’t my favorite tea, but it certainly wasn’t bad. The floral notes are a little strong, bt overall I enjoyed it.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love the smell of this dry…very nutty and caramel. It’s making me crave creme brûlée. Steeped, it has a prominent caramel and Rooibos aroma. I generally like Rooibos but something about this blend leaves a slight perfume taste that is hard to ignore. I might have to try steeping it again…

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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