251 Tasting Notes
The dry tea smells AMAZING. The cranberries lend their unique scent to create a strong, pleasant aroma that made me smile even as I was just opening the package.
That being said, I’m not sure I quite did this tea justice. Having no instructions to go off of, I defaulted to a heaping teaspoon in my two cupper with boiling water for five minutes. Unfortunately, the result seems oversteeped. The cranberries come through decently, but are still somewhat overpowered by the bitter tea, which is a shame. With milk added, the bitterness mainly goes away, leaving the cranberry taste. Overall good, but not as amazing as the scent.
Tart, dry and fruity; this tea leaves a very strong example of a fruit tea.
Some people might find it too strong, especially if it’s been left to steep longer than recommended (I’m on my second cup from the same steep right now), but I find it quite rich and enjoyable. It would go very well paired with something sweet or savoury, so long as it wasn’t too tart or sour as well.
A nice, almost mature taste, and not quite what I normally expect from a fruit tea, but excellent for it.
I was surprised by the very short steep recommended for this tea. I’m starting to think that the tea makers at TeaHaus prefer rather short steeps, however. As a result, the taste is rather mild, though the vanilla (combined with the obligatory orange peel and cloves) makes for a mild base to begin with, regardless of steep time. (My mind goes to Glitter and Gold for an example of such.)
A longer steep makes it a little bitter, but not too much so — the mild, creamy flavour still predominant. I’m starting to think that the tea would be all the better for a bit of cinnamon, though it’s quite decent on its own.
In all, not bad. Not the greatest of the orange Christmas teas, but certainly a decent one nonetheless, especially if one is after a milder version of the flavour.
This tea smells like an absolute dream. Just like a cookie, sweet and absolutely fabulous.
I actually had it at a friend’s, and remembered how amazing it was, and decided to get some. Trying it clear in a large mug, however, seems to have been a mistake — most teabags I find can scale up well, but this one has left me wanting more flavour. Adding milk and sugar actually helped bring it forward a bit, but I think the true answer would be to have a stronger brew in general. More tea or less water next time it is.
Finishing off what I have of this tea. It’s been a decent tea, and certainly tastes right for the season (yes, it has orange and spices, though orange isn’t the first fruit listed, nor is it the only one, for once).
From the ingredient list, it sounds like it should be fruit with spices, but instead it tastes like spices with fruit. The strongest taste I get from this is… the taste of mulling spices at the bottom of a cup of spider (cloves mainly, but also perhaps nutmeg and cinnamon), but without the gritty texture. There’s a fruity sweetness underlying, but it’s very much overpowered by the spices.
I was going to try adding milk once the cup was about half-done, but unfortunately the milk didn’t seem to like that much. (Oops.)
So, overall, probably great for someone who is very into mulled drinks, but a little too strong otherwise.
I enjoy comparing this tea to Bossuet from Les Misérables: the two have been through enough different names to warrant the comparison. I’ve enjoyed the tea under under any name, and am glad to continue to do so.
I seem to find that this tea brews better in larger batches than in smaller ones. I’m not sure why that is exactly, but that’s what experience is telling me thus far. It’s also amazing the second and third time around (maybe even a fourth time — this tea really holds up to resteeping well) hot or cold. The first brew is dark and murky between the Pu-ehr and the chocolate, but it grows in translucency with each subsequent steep.
It has a really nice chocolate orangey taste to it. Not exactly like a Terry’s chocolate orange, but definitely bringing both tastes to the forefront anyway, which comes through steep after steep. Some nuances change — I actually think I may prefer the second steep to the first, to be honest — but I’m happy to drink this over and over again for as long as the tea lasts.
Brewed a heaping tsp of this tea in cup using a tea ball, and the old secret I learned of using boiling water and an ice cube to temper. (Thus, temperature isn’t marked as I’m not quite sure exactly what it averages out to, only that it works decently for the job at hand.)
I’m not at all surprised to find orange flowers on the ingredients list for this tea. It seems like most Christmas teas have some sort of orange or another in them. However, this one is not the spiced orange that one finds repeatedly in this tea’s seasonal black cousins.
Almond appears to be the predominant taste, though with the idea of orange on my mind (even if it is just the petals), I found it reminding me of orange and vanilla. There’s a nice hint of sweetness and fruitiness as well, and while I can’t quite taste the tea, I think it has a depth that comes from the flavour that doesn’t quite catch the attention of my tongue.
I would like the taste to perhaps be a bit stronger, but I’d be afraid of brewing for much longer with the green tea. Perhaps I might up it to two or two and a half minutes another time, however.
Overall, a nice, mild tea with an almond taste that stays with you long after you drink. I can see it going horribly wrong and turning into perfume very easily, but this tea has managed to stay on the good side of the line and for that, it’s done an excellent job.