Rouge Ruschka

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Bergamot, Orange
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From Mariage Frères

The black-tea version of this Russian blend is already known the world over. Now it is available, for the first time, as a red tea made from rooibos from the plateaus of South Africa.

Notes of red and black berries merge with the mild, sweet fragrance of the tea, brought alive by bergamot with its sharp, floral, spicy accents, and caressed by the fresh touch of a fine variety of citrus fruit-lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit.…

Amount of tea leaves: 2.5g
Best water temperature: 95 °C
Infusion time: 5 min

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I’ve had the black tea version of this and really enjoyed it. But this is the rooibos version. [insert dramatic music here] I’m a little nervous but mostly intrigued because the dry leaf smells awesome. Sort of perfume-y but in a good, vibrant but soft citrus-y way that makes me want to keep sniffing. It’s a little spicy, like a citrus-floral pepper. I can’t stop sniffing this. Every so often I get a hint of warm woody (but not sour) rooibos so I have hopes that this will be another rooibos that my brain allows me to enjoy.

Post-brewing, the citrus smell has turned into almost a feeling – a fresh tingle as I inhale over the cup. There is a little smell of woody rooibos, but not sour and it’s very mild and seems to blend with the spice smell/feel of the tea.

Sipping, this is pretty gentle. I made this a little thin on the leaf by accident so that might be some of it, but I think for the most part, it is just a gentle tea. Soft and relaxing. Citrus-y and light with a clean and woody taste seeming to anchor the light floral citrus. I’m not really tasting much of any spice just floral, almost perfume-y, citrus and light wood. The wood taste is actually quite nice – like smelling a board of pine that’s clean and sanded smooth – but not recently because it isn’t strong at all but maybe a few weeks ago. And since then it has been sitting in a cold shed outside, close to nature but all cleaned up. Or maybe I’m just projecting childhood memories of how my dad’s workshop would smell in winter when it was too cold to be out there even with the kerosene heater on. Like woodwork happened there once and would again. But getting back to the tea…

The flavors overall are very soft but not delicate. And even though it is light and floral and citrus-y, it manages to be a warm, cuddly tea – partially because of how the flavors combine and I think also partially because of the rooibos woody base. I don’t think this tea is for everyone – I imagine quite a few people would feel like they were drinking perfume. But I kind of like it. It’s basically a soft, floral Earl Grey but not the typical Lady Grey take on a floral EG.

My last sip was forgotten in my cup for a bit so it got pretty cool. I think that’s the reason why it was 90% rooibos. So I like this tea better warm when the flavors really show up and the rooibos is in the background, but even that last sip was pretty good. Noticeably rooibos with hints of floral citrus instead of the other way around. I think if the whole cup has tasted that way, it would have been too rooibos-y for me to enjoy but as it was, I quite like it.

::gasp:: Another rooibos I like! This has to be a sign of the Apocalypse.

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Cue “Ride of the Valkyries.”


I read “Ride of the Valkyries” and started humming the flying monkeys music from The Wizard of Oz. I suppose either works… :/


Hey, those monkeys were SCARY.

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The blend does not exactly look like the picture, as I can see some petals inside but less and not pink, rather golden-brown, like the rooibos itself.
The smell is pretty strong on citrus.
When drinking, the smell and taste that really came to my mind was bergamot, bergamot, bergamot. I like it usually. Both the rooibos and bergamot are nice quality with fine taste, but to my opinion, it’s just a bit too strong on bergamot, which totally covers all the other tastes supposed to exist in the blend. I’ll keep looking for them, but this one will not be among my favorites and for one I wonder whether it would not be better if I let it go old and faded a bit before drinking it. A shame, really.
I’ve just started the box (offered to me without any previous smell or taste°; in case I change my mind before the end of the 100 g, I’ll update this.

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Downgrading my rating after a few pots, as I have more and more difficulty to pick it from my shelf. I’ll have to bring it to the office, as it might be better suited for a late afternoon drink than for a nightcap.


I just had this, and completely agree! i got just 50 grams though so it will get drunk before I get tired of it.

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The front of the taste is smooth, almost tasteless roobios but on the back end of the taste I pick up the EG notes.

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Thanks to Ysaurella´s guidance I was able to buy this, and a few other MF teas of which I was very unsure, in just 50 grams. And in the two cases I have already tried the tea, I am glad I only got 50 grams.

This is a very pretty rooibos, huge rose petals. The description sounds fantastic. But brewed up, it tastes like an earl grey rooibos – maybe with a bit of orange in the background, but the bergamot is overpowering, I do not get any of the fruits or floral notes. I already got another earl grey rooibos around, and since I am not an earl grey lover, I am also not a big fan of earl grey rooibos.

I think I would like this better as an afternoon non-caffeine tea – earl grey usually feels to me like an afternoon tea, not an evening tea. And I want to try it maybe cold steeped or or at least with water not as hot, I used almost boiling water and I am picky about bergamot and water too hot. But so far, nice enough but not a tea for me to love.

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

Lucky you get only 50 grams of this one Teresa :)


Thanks to you! That was a very nice shop, and it does not show up on google at all. Noted down for next time!

This will get drunk,and it is not bad and I still got to try cold steeping which sometimes totally changes the personality of a tea, particularly rooibos (Rouge Sahara, Lupicia´s Jardin Sauvage). But this and Yuzu Temple are not hits. Iskandar OTOH was weirdly fantastic – I noticed you did not like it much, but maybe I was luckier with some parameter or something, but a very interesting take on the violet tea idea.

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