FROM A ROOIBOS AND JASMINE LOVER: I do not like this.
Rooibos is my favorite type of tea, and jasmine is my favorite flavor. I drink a LOT of rooibos herbal tea and a LOT of jasmine silver needle white tea. I obviously had to try this tea! I REALLY wanted to like it. However, I wasn’t sure about the blend, so I got this as a free sample from Adagio.
The dry tea leaves are red/orange needles, but they look shorter (broken?) than other rooibos teas I drink. The liquor is a deep orange/red.
The smell was a bit confusing. It smells mainly of rooibos, honey, and a weird jasmine-ish note (the smell is rather sharp). The taste, like the smell, is confusing (although it tastes a little bit better than the smell because the taste is more subtle). I don’t think this combo works well. The warm, honey notes of the rooibos does not fit with the floral, distinctive flavor of jasmine. Adagio says they blend this tea with natural jasmine flavor, but it could have fooled me… it smells artificial. It tastes better if you don’t inhale while drinking it. I will try to finish the mug, but….meh. UPDATE: It gets worse the more of it I drink. The smell is slightly revolting and the taste is perfumey. I won’t end up buying the full-size package.
1 heaping tsp for one mug of tea. Steep for 5 mins.
Ingredients (on the package): rooibos tea, natural jasmine flavor.
Flavors: Jasmine, Perfume, Rooibos