BA38 Rooibos Vanilla

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
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Flavors
Alcohol, Medicinal, Vanilla
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Average preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 5 oz / 147 ml

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From Upton Tea Imports

Rooibos flavored with genuine Bourbon vanilla. A great addition to our Rooibos offerings.

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Today I realized I have a few vanilla rooibos blends and I haven’t discovered which one I like the best yet. So I brewed up all three in my cupboard and had a taste off. This one wins!

The rooibos reminds me of tobacco, raisins and the way redwood smells. Vanilla tastes like real vanilla bean! Yay for it being pretty strong in this one as well. Together, they make for a smooth, creamy cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Had this early this morning. It was… okay. Nothing special. The vanilla was more pronounced than it is in Adagio’s version, but it’s slightly odd. I think I’ll stick with the Celestial Seasonings version.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Hmmm, this one is difficult for me to review. I love vanilla rooibos. It has always been my go-to rooibos ever since my old “tea nerd” days where I would buy out the store’s collection of Celestial seasonings and Lipton and call myself a tea nerd.

This rooibos from Upton has natural vanilla flavor and real bourbon vanilla bits (the name for vanilla beans from Madagascar). The problem with this tea is that the authentic vanilla has a really strong, concentrated kind of scent that smells much more like alcohol to me than the creamy vanilla we’re used to in desserts.

After brewing, the vanilla takes on a sort of medicinal… cough syrup kind of smell. I find that I only really like it with a strong dose of sugar. It gets even better with cream (I used heavy whipping cream, because I’m scandalous). At this point, it’s a tolerable enough drink, but I’m not feeling oohed and aahed by it like I usually am with a creamy sweetened cup of vanilla rooibos. I thought that since this one had vanilla bean pieces in it it would have a very authentic and enjoyable vanilla flavor. I’ve enjoyed all vanilla bean desserts and ice creams I’ve had, but those have ground up beans and this has pretty sizable chunks, so maybe there’s the difference in flavor concentration.

I don’t taste or smell the rooibos itself very much. It’s not to say the vanilla flavor is overpowering, because it isn’t very strong compared to others I’ve had. It’s just that the rooibos flavor is either somewhat weak or blends in with the vanilla bean taste quite a bit.

I guess I’m feeling kind of unimpressed with this one because the other rooibos I ordered from Upton was about half the price and 10x as good, and it’s completely unflavored.
With that one tasting so good and being so cheap, I’m struggling to decide the fate of this bag of vanilla rooibos. I really only see myself drinking it to not waste my purchase or to throw off the pattern and let my tastebuds reset instead of drinking my favorite every day. Still, despite that the flavor is different, compared to the Super Grade Rooibos, drinking this one isn’t like… “Mmmm something different today! It’s nice for a change.” It’s more like… “I wish I was drinking that other one.” There are other vanilla rooibos I’ve had that are better than this one, and those ones would be a nice one to switch to from time to time, but this particular one is just not really for me. It may be destined for someone who likes it more than I do… or for sample trades.

I’m giving about as neutral a scoring as possible because while it doesn’t really excite me to drink this tea, it also can taste good with cream and sugar. It really teeters between bad and good for me. I might have a better impression if I hadn’t ordered it along with such an amazing rooibos and only had this one. Hmmm.

Flavors: Alcohol, Medicinal, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Anlina

Don’t waste your time drinking teas that you don’t really enjoy – there’s so much really good stuff out there. Swap it or give it away or find some way to pass it on to someone who will enjoy it more, and drink the vanilla rooibos that wows you.

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I only had a sample of this, but I enjoyed it a lot. However, the potency of the vanilla tended to vary; sometimes it was strong and very noticeable… other times it was weak and nonexistent. Sometimes this tea was flavorful, other times neutral. I’ll be ordering more of this with my next Upton order and updating this review when I taste more of this tea.

Lion

Looking forward to your updated review. I’m really on the fence about this tea.

Zack S.

It may be a while before I order again from Upton since I kinda went nuts on Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales and need to slim down my cupboard before I get another (undoubtedly huge) order from Upton. If you are already placing an order from Upton then you may as well buy a sample of this for ~$1 and see for yourself!

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45 tasting notes

this stuff is just really good as a basic go-to tea – very tasty but almost neutral flavor, so it’s good no matter what you’re in the mood in – as opposed to teas which have particular fruity or floral or other flavors – which are good but you might have to be in the specific mood for them.

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