Review of The Tea Makers Organic Vanilla Rooibos Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea. I have not been doing so well lately at reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of black and green tea can lead me a little astray. So when The Tea Makers of London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.101 Organic Vanilla Rooibos I of course said yes.

Onto the packaging I received a sample packet. I liked the dark black theme to the front. To the centre is a simple black label with the companies logo to the top. There is an inviting description of what to expect from the tea. The back of the packet is silver and has a clear window allowing you to see the teabags inside. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, vanilla and natural flavour are listed. On a personal note I wish that more details are provided as to what the natural flavour is. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.

On receiving the sample I opened the packet I was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I immediately recognised as rooibos. It was more intense than other rooibos teas that I have previously tried. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a subtle undertone of vanilla noted. So onto my famous close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos and sweetness from the vanilla intensified and became even more inviting.

I added the teabag to freshly boiled hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be a little more smoky compared to other rooibos teas that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness became more apparent. However, these took second place to the vanilla, which produced a delightful sweet almost caramel like aroma. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by a delicate smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a subtle creamy vanilla undertone. I was worried that vanilla might have been a little too strong and overpowering but its strength was spot on. I sometimes find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. The slight vanilla flavour alongside the rooibos resulted in a nice comforting tea. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried.

So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would I enjoyed everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. So thank you The Tea Makers of London for producing a delightful rooibos tea.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try and review. All of the opinions in this post are my own and honest.



    • November 28, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      It sure is a delight.

  1. November 28, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I love your blog because I’m a huge tea lover but not very knowledgable about it! From your blog I’ve learnt so much about tea and discovered so many new teas and tea brands. Thanks!

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Gosh thank you so much your comment has made my week ?

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      I certainly did enjoy this tea, yes vanilla is not to everyone’s taste.

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Oh you would probably love this then.

  2. Emily | patternedpetals
    November 28, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I am such a huge talent ran lover so this post is perfect. I so wanna try it now!

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Oh you should give it a try, thanks for stopping by.

  3. A Cup of Wonderland
    November 28, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    It sounds delicious and looks lovely, but sometimes I can be hit and miss with vanilla so I will have to think about it before trying! Lovely post as always!

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments, I have to say this one of the nicest vanilla teas I have tried.

  4. Moonsomnia
    November 28, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I spent 24 years of my life growing up in sunny South Africa where Rooibos tea is the tea of your childhood ? I am not the biggest fan to be honest but I absolutely love your in-depth review! Thanks for sharing xx

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Oh thank you for your lovely comments. I work with someone else who grew up in South Africa and they are also the same.

      • Moonsomnia
        November 29, 2017 / 9:59 am

        Hehe, it is inbred into our childhood, you just cannot get away from it! Probably why I am not the biggest fan now but my kids still absolutely love it! #BloggerClubUK

        • November 29, 2017 / 5:57 pm

          More than likely false that your kids love it.

          • Moonsomnia
            November 29, 2017 / 5:59 pm

            No I promise they genuinely do, they’re big Rooibos fans (it’s put in their bottles from a young age in SA).

          • November 29, 2017 / 6:01 pm

            Maybe it then becomes like marmite you either love or hate it.

          • Moonsomnia
            November 29, 2017 / 6:02 pm

            Absolutely right ?

          • November 29, 2017 / 6:10 pm


  5. November 28, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I love your blog so many tea suggestions! This vanilla one sounds lovely x

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind comments.

  6. November 28, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Sounds delightful and perfect for these cold days!

  7. November 29, 2017 / 7:26 am

    This sounds lovely and yummy for the cold weather. I’ve not really tried roooboi tea but maybe I should as I just stick to green. #bloggersbest

    • November 29, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Oh you should give rooibos a try you might be surprised. I do like a nice cup of green tea as well.

  8. November 29, 2017 / 8:18 am

    I love vanilla, it always makes the house smell homely. I’m intrigued, how do you always find a new tea to try? When it comes to breakfast tea, what is your favourite brand? x Renee #bloggersbest

    • November 29, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      I love that description of homely it would have suited this tea. I am always on the constant lookout for new teas to try and often sneak a new one into my shopping basket. Gosh I don’t often drink breakfast tea I am afraid so I can’t recommend one, perhaps this is what I should make the effort to review next year.

  9. Lisa's Notebook
    November 29, 2017 / 10:31 am

    I love reading your tea reviews, they are so detailed I can almost smell the aromas you describe! I don’t think this would be one for me though, because I’m not keen on rooibos or vanilla but thank you for a lovely review!

    Lisa |

    • November 29, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comments it has made me very happy. This tea certainly wouldn’t be for you.

  10. Kyla Matton Osborne
    November 29, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Wonderful review, as always! It almost makes me want to try this tea, which is saying something as I have a strong distaste for rooibos. LOL!

    • November 29, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      It is a lovely tea to enjoy especially when it has a subtle twist.

  11. Tara
    November 29, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    i’m such a tea fanatic! thanks for sharing this review!

    • November 29, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      No problem I hope that you found it helpful.

  12. Kariana
    November 30, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    As someone who really loves tea, I thought this blogpost was great! I loved how descriptive you were. Now I am definitely in the mood for some tea.

    • November 30, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you I am glad that you found my descriptive words helpful. I hope that you have managed to grab a cup of tea.

  13. November 30, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    This is a great review. I have always been a bit worried about smokey tea, but you made it sound like this tea has the perfect balance. I am willing to give it a shit. Xx

    • November 30, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Oops, did you see your typo ?. This tea sure does have the right balance.

  14. November 30, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I ❤️ your tea ☕️ reviews another 1 for me to find and try!

    • November 30, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Thank you I hope that you tea cupboard doesn’t become too full like mine ?

  15. November 30, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    This sounds so tasty! I think I’m going to have to get my hands on some of this to try ?

    • November 30, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Oh you should I highly recommend this rooibos.

    • November 30, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Hi, it sure is a nice tea.

  16. onedaydreamawaycom
    December 3, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I am not much of a tea drinker but I have to admit the vanilla one sounds delicious! Great review

    • December 4, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      It sure is delicious.

    • December 4, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind comments much appreciated.

  17. December 3, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I do love vanilla in a tea and it sounds like this one gets the balance spot on! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • December 4, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Hi, it sure does get the balance spot on.

    • December 4, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Oh you should give it a try is a great caffeine free alternative.

  18. December 3, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I love your reviews! They’re so detailed and thorough! This sounds like a great tea! I really like the fact that it’s vanilla flavoured!

    • December 4, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. The vanilla flavour in this tea is just perfectly balanced.

  19. Corinne and Kirsty
    December 3, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I have a bit switched to caramel lattes and mocchas lately ahah! I have never really been into vanilla flavored tea but since you recommend this one, i might give it a go! xx corinne

    • December 4, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Hi, I think you would like this tea an none of those calories so win win.

  20. December 4, 2017 / 8:53 am

    I’d love to try this tea, I’ve steered away from Roobis in the past as I find it a bit muddy tasting. And I love vanilla! I wanted to like herbal teas for so long but I just couldn’t convince myself to like them, now I chill them and drink loads, a good trick for cold drink lovers 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

    • December 4, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      I think that you would like this rooibos as it is certainly not muddy. I need to drink more chilled teas but just always go for the hot option instead.

  21. December 4, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    It’s great that there are a variety of choices of tea. We are big tea drinkers in this house despite one of us being part French. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • December 4, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      It sure is I will never get bored trying new teas. Thanks for popping by and taking the time to comment.

  22. December 4, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    This sounds an interesting one, nice flavour combo! Thanks for linking up #BloggersBests

    • December 5, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Hi, it sure is a nice combo indeed.

  23. December 4, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    These teas sound delicious! #fortheloveofBLOG

  24. December 5, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Sounds like you’ve found another winner and one to add to your collection. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • December 5, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      I certainly did ?

    • December 7, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Oh you should definitely give this a try then.

  25. February 17, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    This is great! We have reposted and shared… well done ✅

    • Pinkiebag
      March 25, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Sure is.

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