296 Tasting Notes
Well, this tea is very berry-y. That’s for certain. But it’s not… clearly berry-y like some other teas of theirs are (blueberry jam comes to mind). A good berry tea makes the fruit seem juicy and delicious. Here… their taste is somewhat muddled.
Not horrible by any means, it’s still pleasant enough, but not the best berry tea I’ve had by a long shot.
I wanted a rich, black tea this morning and found myself reaching for this blend. To be honest, it’s one of the richest teas that I’ve come across, so certainly it didn’t disappoint.
I never noticed how short a steep is recommended before, but it doesn’t surprise me. This tea, despite having only three ingredients, gets saturated very fast, and certainly it’s teetered on being too bold for me before, with longer steeps.
As it is, the tea is musky, the chocolate and caramel creating a dark but sweet flavour profile alongside the tea itself. At two and a half minutes, it’s a lot milder than it could be, but it’s just about as strong as it needs to be to get the message across deliciously.
The perfect choice for this morning indeed. Yum.
There is something wonderful about plain rooibos. It’s rich like a black tea, but sweeter and creamier, not to mention much better for not keeping you up at night. (I partially blame last night on having one too many cups of black tea before bed. x_x)
I could almost drink this on its own as a dessert tea, or use it as a nice, mellow side for something sweet, as I’m doing now. It’s lovely, and I can really see why it’s used as a base for so many dessert teas; it holds its own there very well.
I feel like I’m wasting a teabag, but I’m going to make this tea twice anyway: once clear, and once with milk. Just to play around with it a bit, and because my head is giving me a hard time and I’m hoping a bit of caffeine will help. (Sleep was not my friend last night, and now I’m sore somewhere between my upper neck and head. One of those nights. sigh)
Clear, it tastes… dry from the spices, and perhaps slightly oversteeped. This is definitely a chai that I think will hold up better with milk and sugar than it does without. With milk and sugar, it doesn’t really hit the perfect spot, but it does taste more chai-y at least. Good, but not great.
I’m wondering if this is the same as TeaGschwendner’s tea… I’m willing to bet it is due to having the same description. But, it is offered by this brand as well, and I’d rather use caution than not, so a separate entry into Steepster it is.
First off, THIS TEA SMELLS LIKE APPLE PIE. I mean, I just pulled off the lid of the tin and OH MY GOSH. It smells sweet and appley with a bit of cinnamon, and without making it my heart was already fluttering.
The taste, however, isn’t quite as good as the scent. Which is not to say it isn’t nice, because it is. In fact, the aroma still hits throughout drinking and makes you want to smile. But it’s not as strong or as flavourful as the scent would lead me to believe. It just… tastes a lot more watered down (which makes sense, I suppose, because it is, but I know fruit teas that are very bold, and this one feels like it should be, but isn’t).
So an A+ on scent, and that’s for sure, but somewhere in the B-, C+ for taste, especially if you compare expectations to reality.
I had just over 1tbsp left of this, so it’s all in my little pot for this steep.
On its own, this tea has a grassy and slightly malty taste. If I take a small sip, it almost seems overstepped despite its short steep time. If I take a larger one, this doesn’t show up as much at all. Adding milk and honey mutes the grassiness and makes it taste more malty. In all, a nice, standard cup.
My stomach and I are, may I say, not on the best of terms at this exact moment, so I wanted to go for something that would perhaps help me appease it. Ginger is meant to be good, and the other herbs involved in this blend are (to my limited knowledge) either good, neutral, or reminiscent of good things, so I’m finishing off my bag of this in attempt to do just that.
I can’t say it’s the best tasting tea, but certainly not the worst either. It’s herby. It tastes like it’s going to do good. That’s about all I can say.
Amazingly, this tea does smell remarkably like chocolate chip cookie dough. It makes me want to bake something. I was also happy to see the large leaves in it — those always tend to make me happy in general. Really, if not for the fact that it was a seasonal tea (keyword: was), I’d be suggesting this to a friend or two who I know are known to buy containers of cookie dough to eat as is. I can’t say that it tastes exactly like cookie dough, but then a lot of what makes cookie dough wonderful is the texture, and. Well. That doesn’t really translate into a liquid well. Still, it’s a good approximation for tea.
I took a few sips of this one clear. It was sweet and spicy, and I could see a nice flavour developing. Then I decided to add milk. That… rather than enhancing as it does with most chais, actually ending up muddling the taste. Adding sugar helped to bring it back, but this one, I’m afraid, is entirely best clear.
Just goes to show that you can’t always do all teas the same way. Cheers for experimentation at least?