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drank Crème Brûlée Beignet by 52teas
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TTB #20

Not sure if it’s the age of the sample or my steeping parameters or something else, but this tea tastes like a straight-up rooibos…not getting even a hint of creme brulee. :(

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

Same! I only ever tasted rooibos with this one.

52Teas

I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but may I suggest that instead of boiling water, use a slightly lower temperature with Rooibos. I find that with a slightly lower temperature, less of what I call the rooibos ‘funk’ comes out. I enjoy rooibos but I don’t enjoy that weird, off taste that comes from rooibos and I find that it doesn’t find its way into my teacup when I use a slightly lower temperature.

Also, use a longer steep time. I usually recommend at least 8 minutes, and you can go longer without bitterness. (no tannins in rooibos!) This may result in a better flavor for you.

Kittenna

I second the reduced temp. My rooibos/honey bush experiences have been better with more like 200/190F water.

52Teas

I generally go with 190 degrees F for green rooibos and 195 for the red. It may not seem like a big deal – just a few degrees less – but it really does make a difference. At least … to my palate it does!

Inkling

Thanks for the tip! I will try that next time. :)

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Shae

Same! I only ever tasted rooibos with this one.

52Teas

I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but may I suggest that instead of boiling water, use a slightly lower temperature with Rooibos. I find that with a slightly lower temperature, less of what I call the rooibos ‘funk’ comes out. I enjoy rooibos but I don’t enjoy that weird, off taste that comes from rooibos and I find that it doesn’t find its way into my teacup when I use a slightly lower temperature.

Also, use a longer steep time. I usually recommend at least 8 minutes, and you can go longer without bitterness. (no tannins in rooibos!) This may result in a better flavor for you.

Kittenna

I second the reduced temp. My rooibos/honey bush experiences have been better with more like 200/190F water.

52Teas

I generally go with 190 degrees F for green rooibos and 195 for the red. It may not seem like a big deal – just a few degrees less – but it really does make a difference. At least … to my palate it does!

Inkling

Thanks for the tip! I will try that next time. :)

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