I had a high expectations from this tea because of its name – Mariage Freres.

Method: in a tea bag
Amount: heaping tea spoonful
Sugar: yes

When I tried it the first time, I was very disappointed. I was expecting something smooth and rich vanilla flavored tea. Instead, what I got was rooibos with a VERY mild scent of vanilla. I thought it might become better if I add some milk. So I did. No, it didn’t improve at all, it actually made it worse because the vanilla scent got even thinner.

I wasn’t quite ready to throw away an almost full can of rooibos tea. What I did next was to increase the amount of tea from heaping tea spoonful to 1 1/2. It got a lot better!

I think the key to have this tea is to go really generous with the tea leaf, and use new tea leaf for every cup. It seems not very economical but the vanilla flavor wears off after first cup. I think I’ll try other flavors of rooibos from MF but not sure if I would buy this one again. I’m just glad that I found a way to finish the canful of tea and enjoy it at the same time.

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