190 Tasting Notes
This tea grew on me the more often I brewed it. I’ve seen smoky-grilled-pineapple teas before and I was skeptical. I had to try this tea because of the Game of Thrones theme. The black tea brewed up pleasantly tart and full of tanins, which paired well with the tart, buzzy pineapple. In the scent and at the back of each sip, the smoked chills came into play, adding a touch of heat and bit of bacon-smoke. Weird at first, I came to crave this smoky, pineapple, black tea and was glad that the tea for this character packed a punch.
Flavors: Pineapple, Smoke, Spicy, Tannin
I got to try this blend out of the kindness of a traveling tea box! I love 52Teas flavored genmaicha blends, and this one sounded so unique. This is a tasty brew, with warm, bready rice and sweet and toasty green tea. The mullberries add a distinct sweet-earthiness, a bit like golden raisins that went well with the green tea. Not my favorite genmiacha of all time, but who wouldn’t want to try a blend with mullberries?
Flavors: Earth, Raisins, Toast, Vegetal
52Teas did a great job blending this one. All three title ingredients have a tendency to take over a brew, but this one is well-balanced. Sweet dark cherry is a perfect partner for the slight spice of the cola flavor, and a zing of lime helps sell this as a green tea. It probably helps that I love cherry cola in real life, so of course I’m drawn to it in tea form as well. Like the ginger cola black tea, this blend smells amazing when dry or brewed and always helps pick up my mood.
Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Grass, Lime, Spices, Vegetal
Another great flavored genmaicha from 52Teas. The peach in this blend is fresh and a tad tart, not at all like the canned peaches of my childhood. This brightness pairs best with the green tea in the genmaicha, popping the fresh outdoors vegetal taste alongside the sunny peach. The toasty rice flavors are there, but in the undertone, adding just a hint of warm bready notes that I love in genmaicha. Both relieved and surprised that this didn’t taste like a sugary peach pie; it is so uplifting and refreshing.
Flavors: Bread, Fruity, Grass, Peach, Rice, Toast, Vegetal
This was one of my favorites from the 2018 12 Teas of Christmas. I love the soda product that inspired this tea and was surprised how well the taste was captured in tea form. The candied ginger adds excellent spice, heat, and sugary sweetness all in one go. The cola flavoring is spot on with out being cloying or artificial. The smell is amazing in the tin and in my mug, and always gets positive feedback from those around me when I brew it.
Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Ginger, Licorice
I don’t normally reach for Dragonwell tea but when it is Game of Thrones themed, how can I resist? I was glad for a green tea base in the Game of Thrones set, a blend for dragonglass could easily get too dark or tart if left to the imagination. This blend puts blackberries and creaminess with the dragonwell tea. The blend is definitely berry-forward, but the green tea and marshmallow root keep it from being too tart or juicy, bringing the blend back to a well-balanced vegetal base. There’s just a hint of toastiness in the green tea that almost makes this blend seem like a blackberry pastry. I’m glad the theme of the tea gave me a chance to try a blend I might have skipped over otherwise.
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Cream, Marshmallow, Pastries, Toast, Vanilla, Vegetal
This was a favorite from the Game of Thrones set. I like chai teas, so I was excited to try this one. I loved the big wheels of anise, and the boost of orange and red-berry flavors to make this go beyond the usual chai. The variety and intensity of the spices make me feel rich and lavish, like every scene in King’s Landing where smug royals are drinking and dining. The black tea is bold and a bit bready, and holds its own against the pantry of spices. The lingering, dark, fruity note at the end calls back to the idea that this blend is like a mulled wine. I think Tyrion would approve!
Flavors: Anise, Berry, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Cloves, Fruity, Licorice, Orange, Red Wine
This tea was a stand-out in the Game of Thrones set. It certainly reminded me of the lemon cakes Sansa Stark ate when she had tea with the Tyrells of Highgarden. The tea looks beautiful with lots of different blossoms, textures, and colors in the ingredients— very photogenic. Brewed, the lemon myrtle is in the forefront, both tart and sweet, followed by the gentler tones of jasmine and rose. I found myself reaching for this tea when I wanted something flavorful but not candy-sweet. Apparently this blend was formerly named potpourri, which suits it. This blend is wonderfully fragrant in the dry leaf and when brewed in my mug. I really should snatch up any remaining samples from the store just to make sure I never run out.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Flowers, Jasmine, Lemon, Rose, Vanilla
Chai might be my favorite kind of tea. I love the variety of its spices and the bold flavor. Full Moon Chai adds a new twist on chai, adding a splash of vanilla and “butternut” flavoring.
At least my bag of this tea, the cloves are the foremost scent, adding some of their almost-dr.pepper sweetness and spice. Other chai favorites, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, are also present, but more relaxed.
The “butternut” flavor comes off as a touch of butterscotch or toffee. This blend isn’t one of Plum Deluxe’s official dessert teas, but it certainly could be.
The blend of sweetness and spice are wonderful, keeping both my nose and sweet tooth happy with every brew.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butterscotch, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Cloves, Cream, Ginger, Toffee, Vanilla
Plum Deluxe has a whole group of teas they call “dessert teas”, with tastes inspired by everyone’s favorite sweet treats. Coconut Macaron is one of these dessert teas.
This is blended with both black tea and red rooibos, alongside plenty of buttery coconut pieces. The rooibos helps cut the sharp mouthfeel of the black tea and make the blend more caramel-y in taste in texture.
There is nuttiness beyond the coconut shavings in the form of almond flavoring. The almond adds a decadence, a little amaretto, a little marzipan, that goes perfectly with the rooibos.
The black tea adds a much-needed robustness to the overall blend, and balancing the overly herbal red rooibos. Of course, there is plenty of deliciously creamy and buttery coconut in both scent and taste. All the elements in this tea play a crucial role in shaping the dessert tea experience.
Flavors: Almond, Butter, Caramel, Coconut, Cookie, Cream, Marzipan, Vanilla