- 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.
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
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"
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.