Completely related to today's poll, my Rooibos samples from Dragonwater came today. I managed to get the free month for the sample club to work out and they sent me the Green Rooibos Mango Papaya, Green Honeybush Strawberry Peach, and the Puttabong Darjeeling FTGFOP1. I was hoping for three Rooibos samples, but somehow the Darjeeling got promoted to the top of the sample list.
The Mango Papaya tasted like sweettarts or spree candy. It was overly sweet, yet had a tangy, sour aftertaste. I put it in the fridge to see if it tasted better cold, and it seems to have calmed down a little bit, but it is not fully chilled yet.
The Strawberry Peach was even worse. Not only did it have the sickeningly sweet smell of powdered strawberry lemonade mix, but the scent after brewing was so overpowering that I couldn't even drink it. My boyfriend, who is generally tolerant about my tea brewing, even couldn't stand the smell of it. I had to get rid of the leaves and the tea shortly after it finished steeping.
Given that the first two teas were awful, I decided to open the Darjeeling in hopes that one of the three teas was drinkable. The leaves were good size pieces, but looked more green than brown. On the bright side, it had a nice Darjeeling-like scent to it, unlike the scary smells of the Rooiboses. Surprisingly, it tastes good.
In conclusion, both Rooiboses were terrible, unless a person enjoys the taste of liquid, hot, sweettarts or spree or has a bigger tolerance of sweeter teas than I do.