specialt wrote:I recently purchased the herbal sampler and initially thought I liked the foxtrot. Then the second cup almost made me ill.
So, you seemed to like the first cup, right?
But the second one was nasty? Or it made you sick for some other reason (e.g., tummy ache)?
If it was nasty, you might want to look at how you made it. Was there any difference between how you made the first one and how you made the second one? Contrary to popular belief, many herbal teas can be oversteeped. If, for example, you waited a few minutes after the water boiled before adding it to your tea the first time, but added it immediately the second time, this could produce a different flavor.
If it gave you a tummy ache, it could very easily be the combination. I have a very sensitive stomach, and I notice drastic differences between separate items and items when they are mixed.
In the former case (nasty taste), I would give it a third try, being sure to steep as close as you did to the first time as possible. If the latter case (tummy ache), you might want to try it again (very carefully), but you could also just avoid it altogether.
Either way, you should be safe trying the rooibos when it arrives. Just do so with caution.
P.S. Incidentally, doesn't the herbal sampler include rooibos jasmine? In which case, couldn't you try that and see what you think of it? Or do you not like jasmine?