I was contemplating placing an order with RoT during their “free” shipping offer (which…let’s be honest…when the minimum order to get that free shipping is $50, the normal $3.95 shipping isn’t really making a huge difference). But, I was sad to see this particular tea listed as no longer available. I have been wanting to try it for such a long time! So, imagine my surprise when I found this tea today as I was perusing the tea aisle at Whole Foods after a St. Patrick’s Day 5k! And for the same price as on RoT’s website nonetheless! In my cart it went immediately.

Now, I never really know if I can believe the health claims made about tea ingredients, but I can still be happy knowing that the plain tea itself is a healthy thing. So, that’s a good enough reason for me to drink it, even if sea buckthorn wasn’t considered a superfruit.

So, anyway, this didn’t taste at all like I was expecting. I guess I thought it would be more tart and berry-like. Not at all! I’m getting both the flavor and scent of vanilla along with some gentle sort of fruit like apricot. My boyfriend, on the other hand, said all he could taste was the green tea, which is a very mild Chinese green that was quite pleasant. But, seriously…what does he know? :) I cold-brewed it this time but will try it hot soon. So glad this tin has 50 bags, just in case I can’t ever find it again! They were also selling all of the flavored hibiscus blends, of which the coconut-flavored one is my all-time favorite for cold-brewed iced tea. It is hands down the most refreshing and relaxing tea I know of (can those 2 feelings even be had at the same time???) That too was selling for the same price as on the RoT website.

So, all in all, I can actually say that Whole Foods saved me money for once, since I otherwise would have ordered online and had to spend $30 more than I did today (although….“had to” might not be fair since it certainly would not have been a chore to choose 3 more teas to buy…).

Flavors: Apricot, Vanilla

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I am a teacher for an after school tutoring program serving grades 1-12 and the Assistant Director of an English language program. Dealing with people who are just learning how to communicate can be stressful. Since I’ve never been (and never want to be) a coffee drinker, I was happy to have found a tea I liked when I started college. Bigelow French Vanilla was my first ever favorite tea. I am just learning to love loose leaf. I drink tea both hot and cold every single day.

I’m not too much of a fancy-pants when it comes to tea drinking. As long as it tastes good and doesn’t take up my whole paycheck, I’m happy. I find I am mostly enjoying flavored blacks and oolongs, as well as whites and the occasional green tea. I’m struggling with plain greens. I take to fruit-flavored greens much more readily. The only reason I ever sweeten a tea is if I hear it brings out a particular flavor in that tea. Otherwise, I don’t usually add sweeteners. When it comes to milk, I again don’t usually add any. But, when I do, I only use almond milk or coconut milk (the thin kind that comes in a carton from Trader Joe’s…not the thick canned kind).

Love: Floral (especially jasmine and rose), caramel, maple, nuts, cream, cake/cookie flavors, chocolate, and fruit (especially peach, pineapple, berries, raisins, and coconut)

Loathe: Peppermint, licorice, really strong vegetable flavors, mint/chocolate combo, heavily spiced teas

Aside from tea, I also really REALLY enjoy reading.

NOTE: I haven’t been putting my one to two cup samples in my cupboard because that’s really only enough for tasting and experimenting. If it’s in my cupboard, it means I have enough to go back to it if I’m craving it (or if somebody wants to swap).


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