Trick or Treat! The Wheel o’ Tea selected this one for my nightly herbal, so it seems even RNG seems in favor of me finishing off my T2 samplers. So it seems the dessert tea tonight is green rooibos flavored with vanilla. The last vanilla-flavored T2 tea I tried tasted like banana to me (the demon food, bleeeeeeeeeeh), specifically the banana flavoring of those nasty Circus Peanut candies. I can only hope the flavoring will actually taste like vanilla on this one, or at the least the base rooibos will salvage it otherwise… (One question though, why did they name this Red Green Vanilla if it is only green rooibos and doesn’t have red rooibos in the ingredients? That perplexes me…)
Thankfully, the flavor of this tea doesn’t taste of banana (phew). The aroma of the tea smells like sweet caramel, and that is what this tea tastes of to me, as well, though I do get some vanilla notes toward the finish. I don’t really get much of the green rooibos base, which is typically quite vegetal, as this is a very honey-sweet tea, a characteristic I usually taste in red rooibos or honeybush, though it does have a lighter and somewhat refreshing mouthfeel. I’m getting a slight sarsaparilla note in the aftertaste, which I noticed in another recent rooibos I sampled that also included green rooibos, so perhaps that is contributing to that flavor? It’s tasty, but other than being a bit lighter, the flavor doesn’t really provide anything I haven’t really tried before in rooibos, such as Metropolitan Tea Co.’s Creme au Caramel.
Flavors: Caramel, Sarsaparilla, Sweet, Vanilla