Honest to goodness this tea sang to me! I made a cup in my office this morning, and while it was quite, I heard something that sounded like an Indian sitar. I moved closer to the tea, and though still faint, I heard it more loudly! I moved the tea to another room, and still heard it there. I verified with a coworker, and still the sitar. After more experimentation, we verified that it was the mug, not the tea bag. After a few minutes, the song went away.

So, next up, another type of rooibos in the same mug, the same rooibos in another mug, and other combinations to see if I can replicate the music.

What a strange, but fun, start to the work week. Thanks to this Rooibos Vanilla tea!

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


Seattle, WA



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