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Mint Chocolate Chip Rooibos from Mrs. Robinson's Tea Shop

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 29th, 2017

Teabag sample thanks to my friend Kate! This was interesting. I didn't like the initial aroma when I started steeping it, but as I steeped it longer I liked it progressively more.

Mint is the dominant quality in the aroma, but it is not domineering the way mint usually can be. The aroma is smooth and creamy. I don't...

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Organic African Nectar from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2017

I drink a fair amount of this, it's probably the Mighty Leaf tea that I drink most often because I tend to visit a cafe that serves their teas in the evening, and it's by far my favorite of their caffeine-free herbal teas.

I sometimes compare it to the African Sunset which is sold by Two Leaves Tea, similarly a flav...

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Spice Dragon Red Chai Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2016

The tea bag smells overwhelmingly like cinnamon and nothing else.

Upon brewing, the cinnamon is not quite as domineering, but it's still the principle aroma. I can smell the clove, but it's a struggle to notice the base rooibos. This herbal tea is initially smooth and easy to drink; there's little bitterness or as...

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Chocolate Rooibos from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 22nd, 2016

I get the sense that other people would enjoy this more than I did.

Brews up a mellow cup with a mild chocolate aroma, reminding me a lot of halloween candy as a kid, but less artificial. It's not the richest aroma, but it becomes a little more complex on drinking. I can notice the rooibos, but it's not dominant. ...

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Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos from Teavana

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

Thank you Brytta for the sample!

The aroma of the dry leaf smells a lot like spiced apple cider.

Upon brewing, produces a cup that tastes a little bit like spiced apple cider, without the sugar--which is the kind of thing I'd normally like. The spice blend is very heavy on the cinnamon though, and clove is notic...

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Pumpkin Spice from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 30th, 2014

I really liked this one, and it's not the sort of blend I would normally expect myself to like. The aroma of the dried teabag was slightly cloying, a little bit like potpourri, but only a little bit.

Brews up a rich red color. Relatively medium-bodied, flavorful but not overly strong. The pumpkin is evident in th...

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Rock Creek Red Chai from Capital Teas

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 9th, 2014

An intriguing blend, very different from the other two examples of Rooibos chai that I've tried, the ones from Culinary Teas and from Wegmans. The final of three Capital Teas samples that my parents were given as a gift, which they let me try. Excellent with milk, not so much without.

Dry leaf smells intensely of ...

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Passion Fruit (Paradise) from Octavia Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 2nd, 2014

This is not the sort of blend I enjoy.

I found the loose-leaf of this blend to have a cloying, artificial aroma, but thankfully, this dissipated upon brewing, giving way to a rich, full-bodied, and more subtle experience overall.

The aroma of the brewed cup suggested sourness, but upon drinking I was pleased to f...

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Chai Rooibos from Culinary Teas

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 14th, 2013

This blend had an aroma and flavor just like I'd expect--like a typical masala chai but with the tea replaced with rooibos. The rooibos is strong and aromatic: when I brewed this (I used a short steeping, under 3 minutes), I could strongly smell the rooibos.

The description lists lemongrass and vanilla, but I didn'...

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Chocolate Mint Red Tea from Octavia Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 3rd, 2013

A naturally sweet rooibos blend, with an aroma that blends seamlessly, but leaving an odd sourness in my mouth. Completely unlike any other flavored rooibos I've had.

Sweet and creamy, with tones of peppermint and vanilla, this is more reminiscent of a fruity, minty milk chocolate bar than the sort of dark chocolate...

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West Cape Chai (Rooibos Chai) from Rishi Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 1st, 2013

Like most of Rishi's blends, I really liked this one.

For some reason, I expected this rooibos "chai" to be similar to Rishi's "regular" Masala Chai, a blend that I think is top notch and that nearly everyone I talk to seems to agree with me about. But this blend is completely different. I don't like it quite as m...

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Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 20th, 2013

A classic rooibos-vanilla blend with a strong presence of both rooibos and vanilla, and no other flavors.

There's a good balance of rooibos and vanilla, although I'd prefer a little less of the "cream flavoring"...this smelled a bit too much like cream soda for me. Flavor is subdued...a slight muted bitterness. Le...

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African Rose (Rooibos and Roses) from Octavia Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 14th, 2013

A really delightful, balanced, and complex blend that is only subtly lemony and floral. Served in Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown, my usual place for sampling Octavia's teas.

The dominant aroma in this is rooibos, and I like that; the other herbs used in flavorings are subtle. The rose and linden are only barely e...

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Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 12th, 2013

I'm normally not a fan of coconut-flavored teas, but the coconut in this blend is very subdued, and the dominant tones are rooibos and spice.

I notice that the ingredient list contains both sugar and artificial flavoring, both of which I'm not a huge fan of, but this blend is barely sweet, and it did not have much o...

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Rooibos Chai (Formerly Ruby Chai) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2013

A good caffeine-free 'chai' which is completely dominated by clove, for better or for worse.

This tea had a rich, cloudy red color, much lighter red than most rooibos, suggesting that this blend actually does not contain a majority of rooibos.

The aroma is dominated by clove, and nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon ar...

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Berry Rooibos from Epi Tea

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 3rd, 2013

A pleasant, creamy and smooth berry-flavored herbal blend.

I thought this was a very balanced blend, but it was on the weak side. I think Epi Tea could get away with using about twice as much leaf.

Thankfully, this wasn't too sour. A lot of berry blends that go heavy on the hibiscus taste too sour to me. This ...

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Blueberry Rooibos from Rishi Tea

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 19th, 2012

Dry leaf has an intensely fruity aroma; aroma of the brewed cup is a bit more subdued. Flavor is moderately sour and slightly sweet, a little suggestive of unsweetened cranberry juice, and faintly suggestive of spiced cider.

I tend not to like predominately fruity blends like this, and I found this quite drinkable ...

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Peppermint Rooibos from Rishi Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2012

This blend is called "peppermint rooibos", but it contains a significant amount of bergamot oil, which imparts a noticeable Earl-Greyish quality to it.

The peppermint is creamy, suggesting vanilla or peppermint chocolate.

Warming quality overall, which is unusual given how peppermint usually makes a blend very fr...

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Rooibos Vanilla (Vanilla Rooibos) from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2012

I normally like straight rooibos and am less into flavored rooibos, but I think Rooibos and Vanilla blend very well.

This particular blend has a pleasing oatmeal-like quality. Rich and creamy. Full-bodied.

I drank it straight but I can imagine this would be good with milk or cream as well.

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Blood Orange Rooibos from Epi Tea

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 2nd, 2012

Blood Oranges are one of my two favorite fruits, and I was looking forward to this rooibos. Unfortunately, I don't really notice the distinction between this and a regular orange-flavored rooibos; the blood orange may be more a reference to the deep, blood-like color of the rooibos than to the flavoring.

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Strawberry Pomegranate Red Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

27 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 19th, 2011

Sinusoidal said that this tea is similar to Tazo Passion; I agree!

Like Tazo Passion, this blend has added citric acid, something I strongly dislike because it makes the tea too sour for me after brewing it regularly. You can run it under cold water for about 15 seconds to remove most of this, but this also removes...

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Ginger Peach Red Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 28th, 2011

I like this tea substantially better than the black tea versions of it, especially the decaf one. The aroma is very similar to the decaf ginger peach, but I think more pleasing and more complex, owing to the replacement with the rather aroma-less decaffeinated black tea with the natural rooibos.

It's not the best q...

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Safe Sex from Henri Bendel

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

89 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2011

I've been served this blend several times now at a friend's house, and I am solidly impressed. This is probably my favorite flavored rooibos or rooibos blend yet. Quite strikingly, the aroma is very natural...there's a complete absence of anything remotely artificial.

The aroma is very pleasing...slightly chocolat...

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Blueberry Bliss Rooibos Tea from Teavana

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 27th, 2011

I normally am not a fan of blueberry in herbal teas, but I tend to like Teavana's fruity blends so I gave this one a try. I was impressed.

Aroma is pleasing and fully natural: there's not a hint of anything remotely artificial, which I greatly appreciate. I definitely like green rooibos more than red, and the gree...

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African Autumn (Loose) from Harney and Sons

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 21st, 2011

The fruit flavoring in this blend really dominates; aroma is mostly of orange. I can't quite discern the cranberry as much...I don't know if there's any spice but there's certainly a suggestion of spice in the aroma. Aroma is not quite as complex as I'd like.

Flavor is slightly sour, more sour than straight rooibo...

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