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Kroger Private Selection - Rooibos Red Tea

This was the second rooibos tea that I ever tried, and man, I wish it'd been the first!

My first experience with rooibos was through the Tazo version.  When I didn't like it, I asked around to see if I should try another brand, or if it was a good example of rooibos.  The overwhelming answer was "Try another one!"  Turns out, Tazo's isn't just straight rooibos; it's blended with a bunch of other things.  I didn't know that when I first tried it.  And apparently I don't like the combination of the rooibos and all those other flavors.

So, when I went looking for a new brand to try, I made sure to check the ingredients list.  And the one that I was able to find which contained nothing by rooibos was the Kroger Private Selection version.  Now, the Private Selection versions of other foods are usually good, so I had high hopes for this.

And I was not disappointed.  Gone was that awful floral-y nightmare.  As I drank it, I see that I did taste the rooibos in the Tazo version; just more in the background.  And without those other flavors, it actually tastes pretty good.

To be honest, I'm really not sure how to describe the flavor.  It doesn't taste like anything I've ever had before...kinda earthy, and a little tangy maybe...just good, darn it.  It's a really unique taste, and I'm glad that I bought a box of this.

I tried this first with just sugar, then toward the end, with a bit of milk.  It tastes good either way, though I don't think it really needs the milk.  So I'll probably be drinking it mostly without.

In short:  I'm so glad that I gave rooibos another chance.  I almost missed out on something really nice.  Definitely recommended!


Type:  Rooibos tea

Brewing Specifics:
-- 2 tea bags in a full 14 oz. mug
-- Pour boiling water in, cover, steep for 5 minutes
-- Remove tea bags
-- Add some sugar (and possibly milk) to taste