Dracula's Nightmare

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Chili, Natural Flavours, Pink Peppercorn, Red Rooibos
Flavors
Rooibos, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by VariaTEA
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “Bah…forgot to add this to my cupboard so boo on no sipdown. Another one from variatea and i have to agree….this is largely a rooibos blend. I get hints of the peppercorn in this, but they’re so...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Our ice maker has been having issues for the past week so today my step dad decided to take it apart and see what the issue was. That meant no ice for iced teas, teapops, or iced lattes (other than...” Read full tasting note
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Sensitive souls, beware! The tangy notes of this rooibos married with spices, make it an… explosive mix!!

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Bah…forgot to add this to my cupboard so boo on no sipdown. Another one from variatea and i have to agree….this is largely a rooibos blend. I get hints of the peppercorn in this, but they’re so muted, you could swallow and miss them.

AllanK

But how can it be Draculs’s Nightmare if there is no garlic in there?

Sil

agree!

VariaTEA

Yeah, this was a huge let down. Glad I wasn’t the only one.

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Our ice maker has been having issues for the past week so today my step dad decided to take it apart and see what the issue was. That meant no ice for iced teas, teapops, or iced lattes (other than the few scraps I was able to grab for my Turtle Dove latte) so I tried to figure out what would make a good hot brew to try.

I decided to go with a rooibos from Tea Taxi because I was curious as to how their base would hold up against hot brewing (since it usually stands out more in hot cups than cold brewed). As soon as the water hit the leaf, I could smell the base which was not a good sign. Now that I am drinking it I am definitely getting the base. It’s not an offensive base but it is essentially all I am getting which does not reflect well on the tea.

It’s main flavors are supposed to come from the peppercorns and chili powder. There should be a spicy kick if those are the focus of the tea (usually these are secondary flavors and not the stars) and there isn’t. There’s nothing but rooibos. This is the first TeaTaxi tea that truly disappointed me. Hopefully other brewing methods will help coax out the spice otherwise I am stuck with a plain rooibos tea and that is definitely not all that appealing to me.

ETA: If you drink a large amount at once, you get a tiny spice tingle at the back of your throat but really not much

Flavors: Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Roswell Strange

Interesting that Drac’s nightmare is spice though – I’d have thought maybe garlic? But probably best not to stick that one in a cup of tea…

VariaTEA

That’s actually what I thought it was when I saw it and so I had to look up what was in it because garlic just seemed too out there

rosebudmelissa

I wonder what you could blend with garlic to make a good tea. Could be an interesting experiment…

Roswell Strange

So I pulled out my Flavour Bible just to see what different things go well with garlic, and then I looked for the sweeter/less savory things that are somewhat normal tea flavourings… I think the best combination of flavours I could come up with was garlic/almond/ginger/lime? It’d definitely be a savory tea, but sometimes those come out pretty good.

Jillian

No offense Roswell, but that sounds kind of revolting.

VariaTEA

Hahaha I think I may be avoiding garlic teas if I came across them

Roswell Strange

@Jillian Oh, I didn’t say it would be good – just that it was the best combination I could come up with ;)

Roswell Strange

Also, just typing in “garlic” into the Steepster database pulls up at least FOUR teas with garlic in them. One is garlic vanilla which sounds horrible and intriguing. One of them is a Garlic Chai which makes a bit more sense? And then there’s also one from Frank Era 52Teas which is “Garlic Toast”…

Jillian

The garlic toast from 52Teas was an April Fools joke (there’s also a Justin Bieber tea in there somewhere).

rosebudmelissa

The “Garlic Toast” sounds rather intriguing. I bet you could make it from Roasted Barley and Garlic. I wonder if dried tomatoes work for tea.

VariaTEA

@rosebudmelissa there are tomato teas so I suppose they “work” in the sense that you can have tomato tea though I don’t know if I’d say they “work” as a great flavor. With that said, people have had the tomato teas and liked them so maybe garlic is the next step. I think I’ll stick to my dessert/fruit flavors though lol

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