284 Tasting Notes
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.
This tea smells like a tropical paradise. Warm, fresh, fruity, wonderful.
Unfortunately, it tastes rather like perfume.
I’m wondering if it has to do with the fact that it’s green tea, and yet a temperature of 92 degrees Celsius for over five minutes is recommended. The information.. doesn’t seem to make sense together. I will have to try it again later with a more apt green tea steep.
However, based on what is suggested…. it tastes like perfume and that’s about all I can say. Good perfume, kind of fruity… but perfume nonetheless.
There are two things that experimentation has taught me about this tea:
1) it is best served with milk (perhaps some sort of sweetener, but definitely milk) as directed.
2) it is also best served in as big a mug as possible.
I’m not sure why this is, especially the second one. But… it just seems the most fitting to drink this mug out of a large mug. The size and feel just… fit the taste.
The taste itself is rich, just a little sweet, and with a strong caramel flavour that hits right as you sip. The milk adds a creaminess to it, which makes the mouth feel match the flavour quite well. Are there ways that this blend could be improved? Probably. But it’s a nice, robust, strong-flavoured tea and I love it.
I first got hooked on this tea when I was visiting a friend in the USA, and it was one of the more welcome decisions at her local 7-11 (which she frequented).
I’m drinking it clear right now, though often I will add milk. Admittedly, I feel like it’s calling out for some right now. Having brewed for a minute longer than recommended, it does seem to have a slight bit of bitterness to it, though I still consider this a short steep for a black tea. The raspberry is a nice touch, though it does blend into the bitterness a bit — it lingers after the tea taste disappears though, a mild but pleasant aftertaste.
Overall, it’s a mild flavour, but with a decently strong base. A good tea, and one I’ll never mind having a cup of, but not a great go-to #1 choice either.
High caffeine and with a primarily grassy taste, this is a good energy caffeine, but not quite a replacement for a good, strong breakfast black tea.
For what it is, straight green mate pretty enjoyable. On its own (with 4tsp brewed in my 2-cup teapot), its got a moderate strength of flavour, closer to a green tea than a black in robustness, but I feel less afraid of overstepping than I would with tea proper. I love mixing this in with less caffeinated things when I want to give it a bit of a kick — it tends to blend with other teas well.
My last tea was far too weak for my liking. This one goes the other way — good if weak, but at proper strength a little too strong on its own. I think it’s the cornflower petals. It seems a common problem I find — a kind of bitter plenty taste that doesn’t quite sit well on my palate. It did, however, have a nice creaminess as promised, even when drinking it clear.
I added some milk and honey and that did help somewhat.
In short, this is not a tea for me, but worth a try nonetheless.
Well, this tea definitely smells the part of coffee cake, let me tell you.
The taste… is pleasant enough? But it’s hardly there. I’ve made it as directed, with a little over 1.25tsp in my tea ball in-cup, but it tastes more like a sweet, pleasant nothingness than anything really… clear to describe.
Upon a second, longer steep, I can get a bit of a fruity aftertaste, but again it’s very faint.
In all, this tea is good, but it’s too faint to be great. It could have been more if it were stronger, and I wish they’d made it that way.
Despite not being a traditional chai, this tea has made its way into my heart in a way that I can hardly begin to describe. I’m nearing the end of the sample that I bought of this tea a while ago (having rationed it out because it’s too good and I don’t want to drink it all in one go and then not have it anymore), and I’m definitely going to have to get it again in a larger quantity soon. The fact that it is mate and pu’erh already makes it intriguing, and worth checking out for a high caffeine chai. But the taste is what makes me keep wanting to come back.
I generally doctor my chai teas with milk and sugar, and did so in this case, but I did take a few sips before adding in the extras. It was beautifully pungent and spiced, and I think it would be enjoyable in this format as well, though I do have a love for it with the added creaminess and sweetness.
The cardamom is what really seems to hit home for me with this tea. There’s also a plantiness that is unusual in a chai, but more on the side of “unusual” than “unwelcome”. The added sweetness does help round out the flavour, which even without is reminiscent of cinnamon rolls. The sweetness only adds to this comparison in my mind. The flavour tends to hit all at once in a cloud, and it’s so pleasant and enjoyable that I keep on wanting to go back and drink more. Not too rich, not too spiced. Comfortable and full.