- posted 14 years ago
The past two times I've been at a Starbucks in Canada, I've ordered a cup of "African Red Bush" tea, which is a new addition to their teabag keyring. It's a new option in their selection of non-tea teas (i.e. herbals).
The name gave me confidence it was Rooibos. It even looked like Rooibos in the bag; the color was the same, etc. But it tasted absolutely horrible and so unsettling that I thought there's no way it could be Rooibos.
But upon reflection, I think it might be lemon-flavoured Rooibos. Overly lemon-flavoured. It was like drinking pure acid. Now, I know a lot of people like any kind of tea with lemon in it (read: idiots), but this was beyond the pale. It was like drinking a gobstopper or sour patch kid candy.
I just wanted to ask because maybe some of you actually drink Lemon Rooibos on purpose, and you could tell me if the Starbucks monstrosity is in fact that. Otherwise, what on earth could "African Red Bush" possibly be?
I just can't get my head around it -- it didn't have that flavourful Rooibos aftertaste at all. It tasted like coloured water with half a gallon of lemon juice in it.