Review: The Teacup Provence Vanilla Rooibos

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Thumbs up!"This is a really nicely done blend. It is perfect for evenings when you need something to help you melt away the stresses of the day."
Laura’s Teaview: 8/10
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"Blended with not only the famous red leaf from South Africa and vanilla, but touches of lavender and chamomile and just a hint of hazelnut. We think you'll find this the smoothest, most pleasing cup of rooibos tea you have ever had." --- The Teacup website.

Vanilla Rooibos is one of those blends that is a regular staple in my tea stash. I bought about a pound of it when Teavana discontinued it and put it on sale. Not only is vanilla rooibos tasty, but it is great for blending with other blends to switch them up a little bit. From the description, you can see that this is vanilla rooibos with a Provence twist: it has a little lavender, chamomile, and hazelnut! Since I had a little drama in my personal life today (men suck), I am hoping this will be the thing to calm me a little.

There are no steeping instructions on The Teacup's website so I used my normal rooibos protocol, which is boiling water for 5 minutes. The aroma from the sample is amazing! I first smell vanilla, then hazelnut, and finally some chamomile. I don't detect much lavender in the aroma though there is a faint hint of it.

The taste is as good as the aroma promises it will be! Oddly, the first flavor to make its presence known to my taste buds is the lavender. Lavender is a hit and miss ingredient in tea blends for me. I like a little lavender in some blends. If lavender is too pronounced, then the blend tastes like laundry detergent to me. That is not the case with this blend. Nice job on the lavender, Teacup. Next, I detect some chamomile and finally, I taste vanilla with just a hint of hazelnut as promised. I will say that I feel that the lavender and chamomile are the primary flavors in the blend---not so much the vanilla and hazelnut.

This is a really nicely done blend. It is perfect for evenings when you need something to help you melt away the stresses of the day. It did help me relax a little so I can stop hating men (a little anyway). This would not really be a good substitute for a plain vanilla rooibos for tea blending purposes, but it is a delicious cup. I do have a couple of go-to night time blends and I think I shall be adding this one to the mix soon. It is reasonably priced at $9 for 4 oz.

— To purchase The Teacup Provence Vanilla Rooibos, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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