drank Rooibos by Meijer
39 tasting notes

This is the first time I’ve had rooibos, and it’s completely different from what I expected. The aroma is mostly wood and camphor. It tastes a lot closer to shou puerh than black tea to me because of the earthy and woody flavors, lack of tannins, and even its particular sweetness, which was unexpected because I’ve heard it described as an herbal replacement for black tea and that’s how it seems to be used in blends. There’s a mild spiciness, not like pepper, but like herbs that are also a little spicy.

This was better than I expected, and I’ll keep some around for when I’ve had too much caffeine or want something different from what I usually drink.

Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Herbs, Medicinal, Spices, Wood

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I mostly drink roasted oolongs, Chinese black tea, Darjeeling, and occasionally sheng puerh, aged white tea, or Japanese green tea. Assam, Ceylon, etc., don’t interest me much, and I don’t like flavored tea except Earl Grey and chai.

I don’t think rating tea is very helpful when everyone rates on a different scale and looks for different things in tea, so I will probably never rate anything I review.

Aside from tea, I also like single origin coffee, wine, and craft beer. Other interests include listening to and making music, music-related electronics, sci-fi and fantasy, writing, and cooking.



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