Oteas’s Rooibos Vanilla

Rooibos Vanilla by Oteas
Rooibos / Flavoured
$6.95 for 30g (12 sachets)

Oteas has provided me with Rooibos Vanilla for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Rooibos Vanilla came in a shrink wrapped cardboard box that holds the 12 tea sachets – made of biodegradable material. There’s a bit of information on the box regarding the origin of rooibos – from the South African coast near the Cedar Mountains and how it’s been cultivated since 1930. There is a strong rooibos aroma, with light notes of vanilla in the background.

Rooibos Vanilla consists of the ingredients in the name: rooibos and vanilla. The strong rooibos aroma is medicinal to me, which is great for people who enjoy rooibos.

Preparation

Oteas recommends steeping Rooibos Vanilla in 100°C (212°F) water for 5 to 8 minutes. My initial steep of Rooibos Vanilla was for 6 minutes.

First Taste

Rooibos Vanilla steeps to a golden red colour. There’s a strong rooibos aroma from the steeped tisane. I found that the taste was primarily of the rooibos – it has a strong medicinal flavour to it. There was a light sweetness of vanilla throughout. I enjoyed the vanilla flavour, but not so much the rooibos base – but rooibos isn’t my favourite.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Rooibos Vanilla once, and found that the vanilla flavour was mostly gone in the second steep of the same leaves. I would have enjoyed more vanilla notes.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Oteas’s Rooibos Vanilla was just okay. I think the vanilla flavour was great, but unfortunately I’m not a huge fan of rooibos in general. I found that the rooibos flavour was strong throughout and it did resteep well with strong rooibos flavour in the second steep. For fans of rooibos, you may enjoy this one because the vanilla notes are very pleasant and the flavour of rooibos is smooth.

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Hawaiian Island Tea Company’s Coconut Macadamia Herbal

Coconut Macadamia Herbal by Hawaiian Islands Tea Company
Rooibos / Flavoured
$5.95USD for 36g (20 sachets)

First Impressions

Coconut Macadamia Herbal is a rooibos-based infusion that I received as a gift for cat-sitting. The packaging definitely screams tropical to me in the glossy cardstock box. Coconut Macadamia Herbal is portioned into individually packaged tea sachets, where the blend inside basically looks just like rooibos only.

The aroma of Coconut Macadamia Herbal smells like coconut and rooibos, I don’t really get a lot of the macadamia nut fragrance in there. Unfortunately, I do smell quite a bit of the rooibos – it has a strong medicinal fragrance to me. Coconut Macadamia Herbal consists of rooibos and natural flavouring.

Preparation

Hawaiian Islands Tea Company recommends steeping Coconut Macadamia Herbal in boiling water (100°C/212°F) for 1 to 3 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 3 minutes.

First Taste

Coconut Macadamia Herbal steeps to a dark reddish orange. The aroma of the steeped tea is very similar to the dry leaf – I can smell the rooibos base with its medicinal quality, along with the aroma of the coconut. The flavour is very much rooibos with hints of coconut and macadamia nuts in the background. There’s a light sweetness. I do wish that both the coconut and macadamia nut flavours were stronger to help balance against the strong medicinal flavours of the rooibos.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Coconut Macadamia Herbal once and found that all I got was the flavour of plain rooibos (so it’s great if you’re a rooibos fan!).

My Overall Impression

I didn’t like Hawaiian Islands Tea Company’s Coconut Macadamia Herbal. Unfortunately, I found the rooibos base to just be too strong in comparison to the coconut and macadamia flavouring. I wish both flavourings were stronger so that the flavours were better balanced against the medicinal, earthy nature of the rooibos base. If you’re a fan of rooibos, I think you’ll really enjoy this blend since it does have a strong rooibos base and its present throughout each steep..

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Murchie’s Cozy Caramel Rooibos

Cozy Caramel Rooibos by Murchie’s
Rooibos / Flavoured
$6.95 for 2oz (56g)

Murchie’s has provided me with Cozy Caramel Rooibos for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

For those who’ve been following One More Steep for a while, you’ll know that I often don’t really rooibos blends – but lately I have been (really) trying to have a more open mind about it because a lot of people really like rooibos. So when Murchie’s sent me Cozy Caramel Rooibos, my initial thought was “Oh no!” because of my past experiences with rooibos blends. This rooibos blend came in a sealed, resealable plastic pouch.

The blend itself smells like caramel. All I smell is caramel and it makes me think of caramel apples, caramel chocolate, caramel kettle corn… What can I say? I like my sweets! The name for this blend is definitely on point and very accurate for the aroma. And I can’t even smell the rooibos base, which is a tiny miracle in itself. Cozy Caramel Rooibos consists of: rooibos, dried apple, calendula petals, natural and artificial flavouring.

Preparation

Murchie’s recommends steeping Cozy Caramel Rooibos in 190-212°F (88-100°C) water for 4 to 5 minutes. I did an initial steep in 200°F (93°C) water for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Cozy Caramel Rooibos steeps to a beautiful golden orange. There’s a lovely sweet, caramel aroma that wafts up from the tea. When I taste it, I’m confronted by a few different flavours. First is the sweetness that I believe comes from the apples, then there’s a nutty flavour, some caramel notes and, of course, the rooibos base that adds just a touch of medicinal quality to the flavour. However, most of the flavour that I get out of this blend is the caramel, sweetness, nutty flavours so I’m not overly bothered by the rooibos base itself.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Cozy Caramel Rooibos once, at 4½ minutes. I found that the rooibos base was very much present, while the rest of the flavours weren’t as prominent as I would have liked. If you enjoy the flavour of rooibos, I would recommend doing another steep. If you’re not a huge fan of rooibos, I would recommend just the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Murchie’s Cozy Caramel Rooibos. I think that the team at Murchie’s did an amazing job of making me think of caramel when it comes to this blend – from the aroma of the dry leaf and steeped tea, to the flavour of the rooibos blend itself. It makes me think of carnivals and the food that goes along with it, which is a fantastic thing to think about! I’m still not sold on the flavour of rooibos itself, but I greatly enjoyed the initial steep of Cozy Caramel Rooibos and think it makes for a great dessert blend to have when you’re in the mood for something sweet.

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