Tazo - African Red Bush
I really wanted to like this tea. Truly I did.
I first tried rooibos when a
barista at my local Starbucks offered me a sample of their new vanilla
rooibos latte. It was rather unlike any tea I'd ever had before,
with an odd sort of fruity-flowery flavor. I didn't much care for
But, since this tea was
included in the gift basket of Tazo teas that I got for Christmas, I
wanted to give rooibos another shot. After all, I'd only ever had it
with milk and vanilla added. Maybe I'd like it better plain.
(At the time, I didn't realize that this wasn't 'plain' rooibos, but
Sadly, that was not the
case. This one had an odd floral flavor, on top of some of the
unidentifiable tastes from the Starbucks latte. I tried it with a little sugar, then with more. I
even eventually added some milk, but to no avail.
A word of advice; if
you're looking to try rooibos for this first time, skip this one.
There's too much other stuff blended in. I made that mistake, and
for a little while thought that I just didn't like rooibos. Turns
out that I like it just fine; just not with the hibiscus et al.
In short: This
just wasn't to my taste. If you think that a floral tasting tea sounds good, then feel free to give this
one a shot. If not, then I'd say skip it.
Rooibos tea (Flavored with hibiscus and rosemary)
-- 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