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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Art of Tea Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea 'Vanilla Berry Truffle'

Tea Information:
Tea: Vanilla Berry Truffle
Type: Rooibos Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: The Art of Tea
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Art of Tea Vanilla Berry Truffle is a caffeine free blend of succulent black currants, South African Fair Trade rooibos, organic hibiscus and creamy white chocolate blossoms hand blended in small batches to create a full, rich taste to compliment any meal.
Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Rooibos, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Currants, White Chocolate, Natural Flavor

Steep Information:
Amount: 1.5 tsp
Additives: none
Water: filtered, boiling, 6 oz
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vanilla, chocolate, sweet-woody (rooibos)
Steeped Tea Smell: berry, hint of vanilla
Flavor: smack me in the face berry! no vanilla, no chocolate, no rooibos (WTH?)
Body: Full
Aftertaste: berry
Liquor: cloudy dark reddish-brown

Swap thanks to Meghann M!

Well, luckily I didn't buy it, because although it is a nice berry rooibos, in fact I can barely taste the rooibos, I would be disappointed at the missing vanilla and chocolate flavors. Mind you I enjoy the flavor of rooibos so it might be slight but not noticeable to me.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: 10 min, sad and weak, dumped out

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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