Rooibos: Describe the flavour you experience?

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Rooibos: Describe the flavour you experience?

by Drae » Jan 30th 07 4:25 pm

I'm having a tough time describing the flavour of rooibos. Especially, because sometimes I feel like I taste different things in it. I might not be brewing it right.

Sometimes I taste something a little sweet and fruity in it. Other times? I feel like I taste almost cigarette smoke. I wish I could consistently get the sweet!

I'm making a genuine effort to cut back on caffeine, and this is the best alternative I've found to actual tea (though I still have a cup or so a day of that). Herbals tend to be too sweet for my all day sipping (good for breakfast, or a treat, but not for right next to the keyboard at work.)

I'm thinking I may try the rooibos jasmine to give a little added depth. Any other suggestions on what to change?

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by Space Samurai » Jan 30th 07 11:37 pm

It is hard to describe. I always found it kind of...I hate to say bland, because that has a negative connotaion, neutral. I think that's why I've seen it used in so many blends; you can flavor it with whatever you want.

From Rishi I've tried the blueberry rooibos, good, a mint rooibos, better, and a 'jamiaican red bush' that has lemongrass, schizandra berries, hibiscus, and a few other ingredients, best.

Republic of Tea has a new line of Be Well red teas that sell pretty well at my store, but I haven't tried them.

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by Mary R » Jan 31st 07 4:54 am

I get what you mean about the cigarette smoke. The first time I tried rooibos, I was disgusted. It was like a tobacco plantation and a horse barn all rolled into one. I had to go back and really think about what I was tasting to find the sweet notes and then play around to find how to consistantly get them. Generally a five minute steep starting in boiling water will do it for me.

I still prefer my rooibos flavored. Vanilla brings out the natural sweetness, and tropical fruits complement both sweet tones and the overall vegetal character well.

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by teamuse » Jan 31st 07 5:14 am

earthy
slightly sweet, like a nice cigar perhaps
light mouthfeel, not overpowering in flavor

i will agree that i prefer the flavored rooibos to the plain

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by kimber45acp » Jan 31st 07 6:35 am

I find it to have caramel, earthy and tobacco flavors in unflavored rooibos. I find it tasted pretty good when you add soy milk to it. It kinda compliments all those flavors.

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by javyn » Feb 1st 07 2:10 am

To me it has a slight vanilla taste, and is otherwise tobacco-ish. It suits me just fine unblended because I used to be a smoker.

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by peachaddict » Apr 18th 07 4:48 pm

Something about it reminds me of puerh, but not too strong. Otherwise pretty neutral, yeah. Interesting.

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by tomasini » Apr 18th 07 5:23 pm

i like to mix it with jasmine phoenix pearls :D

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by noah » Nov 29th 07 11:52 am

I bought the rooibos unflavored and though it was pretty good, so I was digging in my cupboard and found imitation chocolate flavoring. I added a splash of it in the rooibos while it was steeping and found it to be much better that way.

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by henley » Nov 29th 07 1:44 pm

The vanilla rooibos is a favorite here at my house. I tend to steep it at least 4-5 minutes. I've got some other flavored rooibos on order & anxious to try them.

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by Wesli » Nov 29th 07 10:17 pm

I consider the taste of rooibos to be simply: "red."

Although sometimes it can taste slightly "brown" with a hint of wood to it.

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by hummingbird » Nov 30th 07 12:12 am

I usually use the term earthy to describe it. Thinking back, when I opened the first tin of rooibos it reminded me of the horse barn smell and I was ready to send it back. After trying some of the flavored varieties, the term mellow along with earthy seems more accurate a description.

Flavored rooibos is definitely the way to begin acquiring the taste.
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by jashnew » Dec 4th 07 5:19 am

How many minutes do you guys seep your rooibos? I have heard 5 minutes through 14 minutes. I usually go with 8 minutes. I think at that point it's as good as it's going to get.

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by Mary R » Dec 4th 07 3:42 pm

It truly depends on how busy I am and how I time. I usually shoot for nine minutes, often get ten, usually get 15ish, and occasionally forget about it for 30-45 min. Hooray cast iron pot, else I'd be drinking iced rooibos!

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Re: Rooibos: Describe the flavour you experience?

by Trilodro » Jan 29th 18 11:01 pm

Drae wrote: I'm having a tough time describing the flavour of rooibos. Especially, because sometimes I feel like I taste different things in it. I might not be brewing it right.

Sometimes I taste something a little sweet and fruity in it. Other times? I feel like I taste almost cigarette smoke. I wish I could consistently get the sweet!

I'm making a genuine effort to cut back on caffeine, and this is the best alternative I've found to actual tea (though I still have a cup or so a day of that). Herbals tend to be too sweet for my all day sipping (good for breakfast, or a treat, but not for right next to the keyboard at work.)

I'm thinking I may try the rooibos jasmine to give a little added depth. Any other suggestions on what to change?
Old topic, but I just found this place. I can't resist adding my two tries at roobios tea... part of the flavor very much tastes like how a (sorry for this) certain type of squished bug smells. It's been a while, but I want to say it was similar to a stinkbug... which I guess doesn't require squishing for the smell, but you get my point. The thing is, the other flavors I get from it I actually really like. But that strange part, the earthy(?) part of it, is just hard to get past.

Anyway, maybe I'll try again... it has been a couple of years.