This is such a beautiful tea. The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag was the bright, rusty color of the rooibos. It resembles a deeply colored pine mulch and is striking against the red peppercorns and blue cornflowers in the mix. There are also bits of ginger, as evidenced by the stringiness of the pieces, and chips of cinnamon bark. There are small pebbles of something or other mixed in too, but I couldn’t say what they are. There is definitely a lot going on.

This blend is very fragrant – there are a lot of different scents coming out here. It’s a bit medicinal at first and I can detect the faint smell of menthol, but it also smells sweet. I have to say, I love the way this smells while it’s steeping! The vanilla and rooibos really come to the forefront. The color of the liquid has become a deep amber after steeping and still carries that menthol scent.

Unsweetened, the tea tastes slightly spiced. I added honey and am now tasting mostly rooibos with that spicy aftertaste. This is a really good chai, even without the milk, and it feels good on my scratchy throat. It seems to have just enough bite. Delightful!

Flavors: Medicinal, Menthol, Rooibos, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated July 2021.


Alabaster, Alabama



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