I still haven’t figured out what is up with me and rooibos teas. I don’t like red rooibos flavour. However, they keep sneaking into my cart. It’s like I’m trying to love it, but it’s a hard sell. But also, I have so much teas with caffeine that I don’t have anything I can enjoy in the evenings, as unfortunately I’m very sensitive to caffeine. If I have a genmaicha at like 6 or 7 I’m up very late at night.

So Vanilla Berry Truffle (VBT) sneaked into my cart. Maybe it’s the white chocolate? Oh crap it has hibiscus, my mortal enemy.

DRY: sweet and fruity smell.. and rooibos smell. What have I gotten myself into? Generous on the white chocolate curls though, and I love white chocolate in teas.

STEEPED: Very creamy smell, hint of rooibos smell. Looks like the chocolate all melted down, tea is a cloudly redbrown.

TASTE: Milky creamy with a hint of red rooibos flavor. Fruity taste of currants and slight sweetness. Not tart or bitter.

WHO’D ENJOY THIS TEA: Peeps who want to try red rooibos. Someone who needs to be schooled in the use of hibiscus in teas.

COMMENTS: This has got to be the best use of hibiscus I’ve drank to date. I’m guessing the hibiscus twangs with the currant to give that fruitness without drinking liquid tartness of death. As always, The Persimmon Tree makes very good blends. VBT is very balanced with rooibos, creamy and fruity. Personally, I love the creamy elements the best. The creamyness is as if I added milk to my tea.

However, that rooibos flavor is still “uggg” to me, but the rest of the tea I enjoyed.

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I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk. I am also a crochet and knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

To contact me for reviews, check out details at OolongOwl.com/about or email me at char@oolongowl.com

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


Seattle, WA USA



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