Tropical Papango Rooibos

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Rooibos
Flavors
Fruity, Mango
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “From the Samurai TTB. I can’t say I was really impressed by this one. I liked the way it smelled in its pouch so I thought I’d give it a try. I like rooibos, I know a lot of people don’t, but I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Thanks so much again for the swap, AJRimmer!  This is how I’ve never run out of new teas to write tasting notes for… there has always been teas that are new-to-me because of so many swaps over the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’ve given this one three tries to see if I could make it taste delicious. I’m afraid I’ve failed. It just tastes and smells so chemically. It’s like floor cleaner. I don’t usually go for tropical...” Read full tasting note
  • “Herbal & Decaf TTB I believe Allan K put this in the box, so thank you! I actually did a little research on the company and I’m definitely going to take a trip to stop by their store when it...” Read full tasting note
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From Simpson & Vail

This caffeine-free rooibos blend is a winner! The “tea” combines rooibos with fruits, flowers and tropical fruit flavors to create a wonderful smooth tropical fruit taste that is great hot, but divine when iced.

Ingredients: Rooibos, papaya pieces (papayas and sugar), Mango pieces (mangoes and sugar), flavorings and marigold petals.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 5 minutes.
Certified Kosher
Caffeine Free

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From the Samurai TTB.

I can’t say I was really impressed by this one. I liked the way it smelled in its pouch so I thought I’d give it a try. I like rooibos, I know a lot of people don’t, but I do also like to taste the other flavors in a flavored rooibos. It smelled vaguely fruity before steeping, though I wouldn’t call it tropical, but afterward it tasted only like plain rooibos. I sipped a bit, put it in the fridge for later, had a few sips cold the next day, put it back in the fridge, and there it languished until I dumped it three days later. It’s not that it was bad. It wasn’t. But it was unremarkable. I guess forgettable is the right word, because I kept forgetting it until it was just too old to drink. I almost always finish my cup, unless it’s awful, but this one I just forgot.

Thanks for adding to the box, AJRimmer!

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nattie

I don’t know why, but your tasting notes sometimes don’t show up in my feed until days later :/

Shae

I like to log my teas when I’m drinking them but I’m usually working so I make notes in a little notebook until I can go back later and type them up on my computer. I hate adding notes on my phone but like to remember when I actually drank the cup. Sorry, I know that makes things confusing!

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Thanks so much again for the swap, AJRimmer!  This is how I’ve never run out of new teas to write tasting notes for… there has always been teas that are new-to-me because of so many swaps over the years. :D  This is actually tastier than I expected.  The rooibos is okay – but it does have that woody flavor that reminds me of a barbecue sauce for some reason.  But then there are fruit cubes in the blend that add a nice sweetness to the rooibos.  The fruits: papaya and mango, for a fun twist on the name PAPANGO.  (You can even get these papaya and mango cubes separately from S&V for pretty cheap if you want to try them that way. I have tried both the mango and papaya before and they are delicious.)  So a few cubes in a teaspoon along with the rooibos lends plenty of sweetness to a refreshing cup.  You can even add more of the fruit cubes to the blend if you wanted.  The second steep is full of flavor too.  I really appreciate that S&V blends their own teas (and SO MANY blends) because I am guaranteed to find unique teas from S&V, more than any other tea shop.  I hope everyone at S&V is doing okay during these tough times.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  5 min
2020 Sipdowns: 32 – TeBella – Almond Shortbread

tea-sipper

oh and Happy Mom’s day to all of you moms out there.

AJRimmer

Hmm maybe I need to try your brewing methods on some of the rooibos blends I’ve been having trouble with (it’s very helpful that you include those details!)

tea-sipper

Yeah, if anything, the parameters are the reason I write tasting notes to remember what worked/didn’t for future steeps.

tea-sipper

I’ve learned sometimes cooler water/ less steep time is much better. I was reading a past tasting note today for an oolong I had in the past and I was thinking “I steeped an oolong like THAT?!?”

tea-sipper

Also, Cyndi from S&V responded to my e-mail and all at S&V are doing ok!

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I’ve given this one three tries to see if I could make it taste delicious. I’m afraid I’ve failed. It just tastes and smells so chemically. It’s like floor cleaner. I don’t usually go for tropical flavors with red rooibos, but I figured if anyone could do it, it’s S&V. Unfortunately not. Perhaps I just received an off batch since other reviewers had a different experience. The only way to make this tea tolerable is to drink it cold. Then the negative flavors fade to the background, but they’re still there.

Nattie

Have you tried cold brewing?

AJRimmer

I often cold brew second steeps of fruity teas or green teas, but I guess I always thought red rooibos would turn out strangely cold brewed. Not sure why. I should try!

Nattie

I’ve cold brewed red rooibos a few times and I think it tones down the woodsiness while the other flavours are brought out more. Good luck if you try it!

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Herbal & Decaf TTB

I believe Allan K put this in the box, so thank you! I actually did a little research on the company and I’m definitely going to take a trip to stop by their store when it gets warmer out! As for the tea, it’s definitely on the sweeter side for me, but the mango and papaya make a strong appearance while letting the rooibos shine still. This is definitely one of my favorite rooibos blends so far! It’s a perfect blend of rooibos and flavoring which is really hard for me to find.

Flavors: Mango

AllanK

Glad you liked it. I have never actually made it to their store. It is on my list of places to go however. Just not very close to me. I have ordered from them numerous times and love their tea however. They don’t get much press on Steepster.

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Brewed this as an iced tea today. It has a very strong taste of the rooibos and the sweet taste of mango and papaya. However, the rooibos is a little too strong for me. Still, it makes a refreshing, caffeine free iced tea. Bought this with my order the other day not realizing I already had it. It was already in my cupboard, ah well.

Brewed this in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 5 tsp leaf and 2 tbl rock sugar for 5 minutes in boiling water then poured it over ice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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