29 Tasting Notes
During and after steeping, the blend smells just like an apple cinnamon coffeecake. The taste? Well, it’s alright. The taste of coffeecake is there, but it’s delicate, not as strong as if you were eating one. I might try steeping with twice the amount of tea in 6oz of water next time.
Very sweet and tart and, most of all, orange. A little too orange with flavors that don’t quite reach the same depth of complexity (such as it is) as Passion. All the notes are very bright and fighting for attention. Still quite good iced and as a welcome variation from Passion.
Refreshing even for a mint tea, I didn’t expect much out of this blend. However, there is something added by the spearmint (I usually drink pure dried peppermint from the Tao of Tea) and tarragon, and I’m quite willing to try this again, except perhaps not brewed quite as strong!
Almost as sweet as an almond cookie even without sweetner, I can only imagine the decadence of this cup with sugar or honey (I take neither with my tea usually, so dessert teas need to do a lot to impress me). Simpson & Vail make some of the best dessert teas around, and though the background tea isn’t the best, the foreground of flavors makes up for it.
Weird. I remember this tea being better in the past; must be the rosy glasses of nostalgia, or else I just wasn’t spoiled enough by a huge tea selection back then. My days of drinking mostly Republic of Tea blends are long over. Comfort and Joy used to be one of my favorites, but now it tastes so… lifeless, perhaps. This can’t be the same company that produced the Tea of Good Tidings.