I have tried a few different rooibos blends, and, so far, I feel like vanilla works best with rooibos. The vanilla flavor smooths out the rooibos without dominating or completely masking the rooibos, like a lot of fruit or chai rooibos blends. I would put this slightly above the Celestial Seasonings vanilla rooibos, and pretty much on par with a loose French vanilla rooibos I purchased from a local tea store in Fredericksburg, VA (they didn’t mention the brand, maybe Simpson and Vail?). This is the first time I have tried anything from Republic of Tea. Their teas seem kind of overpriced, but they were 40% off at World Market today. I’m starting to bring rooibos teas back…tons of antioxidants, basically impossible to oversteep, and caffeine-free, making them great for evenings! I will definitely purchase this one again when I run out…if it’s on sale. :P

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I’m a tea novice, and I’m loving my introduction to the World of Tea. I started getting into tea about 4 years ago when I lived in Brooklyn, NY. At first, I stayed with green teas, and took black teas completely for granted. However, in the last couple years I have enthusiastically added them to my daily routine. I love strong Assam black teas in the morning, and Japanese green teas in the afternoon, especially matcha and gyokuro. I have recently become a big fan of Keemuns. I’m looking forward to learning about new teas on this site and talking to other tea lovers!

As far as ratings go, don’t trust me. I’m a high rater, and I’m easily impressed. If I rate a tea lower than 70 (which is going to happen rarely, it seems), I probably will not drink that tea again. I will splurge for some teas at times, but I love a bargain, so you will often see me celebrating under-appreciated everyday teas.


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