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Adagio Teas Rooibos Jasmine Tea Review
An "OK" Jasmine Rooibos Tea
Summary : For a rooibos tea this tea is pretty good and rather tasty. But it is definitely weak in the "Jasmine" department...diehard jasmine tea lovers like myself will be disappointed by the weak aroma and flavor of jasmine in this tea.
Review : This is NOT suppose to happen here in the tea capital of the world...Reno, NV. It's early May. And it's snowing out. What is WRONG with this picture. Seeing snow tonight really kind of put me in a foul mood I must say...especially since summer seems to be taking forever to arrive this year.
And so, watching the snow fall down tonight, I realized I had an absolute need for a tea that said SUMMER all over it. And for me, no tea compares to a jasmine tea in the "summer department."
I adore Jasmine Teas. I love the flowery aroma. I love the strong, flowery taste. Yeah...I have strong "Venus" qualities for a guy...but so what?
In any event, I dug through my tea collection looking for a jasmine tea and the first one that popped up was a Rooibos Jasmine tea from Adagio Teas.
Here is the description of this tea from the Adagio Teas website: "Rooibos, colloquially known as Red Tea, is an herbal plant that grows in South Africa. Rooibos is a flavorful, caffeine-free alternative to tea for those seeking to eliminate caffeine intake. Our 'Rooibos Jasmine' is a top-grade organic version, flavored with the intoxicating smell of jasmine."
I knew almost immediately after opening the top of the tea sampler tin the tea came in that I was going to be somewhat disappointed with this tea. Why?
Good question...but it all boils down to the aroma. You see, Jasmine Teas have a wickedly powerful aroma...an aroma that says FLOWERS all over it. Indeed, leave the lid of a good jasmine tea for a half hour and it is likely your whole house will smell like a flower garden. And for a flower tea guy like myself...that is always a darn good thing.
Yet the aroma of this tea was, well, boring. The tea basically smelled like any other rooibos tea you pick up. And for a jasmine rooibos tea...that is NOT a good thing!
The taste of the tea, happily, was better than it's aroma But it wasn't anything special either. I'm not a particular fan of "straight rooibos" teas...but Rooibos Tea makes for a perfect "base tea" for various flavorings...why I love Good Earth's Red Tea and Adagios Cocomint Tea so much.
Unfortunately, the flavor of this tea was just lacking for lack of a better word. The jasmine flavoring was very, very weak. Yes, you could taste a bit of it...but the jasmine flavor in this tea doesn't even come close to comparing to other jasmine teas I've tried. Not even close.
Still, the tea wasn't bad by any means. It was simply disappointing...perhaps because I was expecting a "Rooibos Flower Garden" and all I got was this semi-straight Rooibos Tea with just a weak taste and aroma of jasmine.
Recommendation : Maybe. It depends on what you are looking for here really. If you prefer "weak jasmine teas" and tend to be turned off by the overpowering aroma and flavor of jasmine herbal teas, then perhaps you'll like this tea. This tea does make for a nice way to get your anti-oxidants (from the rooibos tea) and have a bit of jasmine too. Still...if I want to get my anti-oxidants and my jasmine too...I'll go with a Jasmine Green Tea over this tea anyday of the week.
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