71 Tasting Notes
As an insomniac, I have always been on the look out for caffeine-free infusions to promote a better night’s rest. This journey on the hunt for a tea that is both herbal and delicious has been fraught with some difficulties, for chamomile has always been a high recommendation but the taste was never quite inspiring. From supermarket teabags such as Celestial Seasonings and Yogi Tea, the loose leaf variety available in bulk from Chinese health stores, and even gourmet suppliers such as T2 have not been able to sway me into regular consumption of chamomile.
Previous experiences with other brands had left me convinced that chamomile was bland and flavourless, often with an unpleasant mouthfeel to match. So when I received a box of Organic Chamomile as a gift from Altitude Tea, I was skeptical of whether I would enjoy it but nonetheless, I remained openminded and was happy to brew up a pot.
It is astounding that it took me so long to find an enjoyable chamomile tea! And it is with Altitude that I finally proclaim their chamomile blend as a new and permanent member in my tea cupboard. The reason for this is that it simply tastes wonderful. The floral aromas comfort the mind and soul, and are refined with notes of green apple and honeyed nuts. It is flavoursome but never overpowering, naturally sweet yet completely refreshing and very satisfying all round.
Since when do I wake up craving pineapple? Never, really.
Alas, today I did and this was so satisfying to drink. It’s a rather old pack of tea in my cupboard and the pineapple flavouring has since diminished a little since its opening.
But because the oolong base is pretty solid, and it’s very pineapple-y to begin with, it still made for a delicious cup. It also got rid of that strong buttery note that I wasn’t so fond of when I first tried this tea.
Reminds me of those sweet pineapple Chinese buns with the crusty sugar topping that you buy in Guangzhou for twenty-five cents. Ah, good times.
Light and flavoursome. All the ingredients are organic and it certainly tastes that way (or so I imagine). Very refreshing for the summertime here in Sydney.
Not too floral perfumey; the jasmine takes more of a background role with a decent green base that melds nicely together. The blueberry isn’t tart or cloying at all either. It’s more like a lightly sweet, very fresh hint of blueberry that keeps you coming back for another sip.
One of my favourites from the massive Tealux haul earlier this year.
With some high-quality and relatively complex teas, I can’t really manage to detect all the notes and flavours written in the description. Undertrained palate probably.
But THIS. Fudge, cherries, cocoa powder, malt, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, mineral, barley sugar… I could taste them ALL. Even in the second infusion.
And I was sad when told that someone had thrown out the leaves before I could use them for a third steep. I don’t even usually resteep.
Simply put, I love this a lot and am very grateful for its existence in the universe.
All rooibos is blergh. The ones I’ve tried anyway.
And yet, I’m actually enjoying this quite a bit tonight. The smell of the dry leaf is insanely delicious. And it doesn’t disappoint when brewed. Exactly like the name.
But like all rooibos, I cannot drink this cold or warm. It has to be hot. Very hot. Otherwise the taste goes weird and my tummy feels strange. I’m still impressed with this though; Lupicia has managed to make a rooibos blend that I’ll actually probably rebuy in the future.
I miss my Golden Orchid :(
It’s all gone now so the closest thing would be GO’s tea base North Winds, which is tiding me over until my next order. It does the job well enough, though it doesn’t hold up well in a travel flask.
Otherwise, I’m really digging this blend, to the extent where I’ll sometimes even forget about the absence of those glorious vanilla beans for a second.
This is the older version and I can’t wait to try the new one when I can.
This is exactly what I needed this morning after a night of weird dreams that don’t make sense and keep you half-awake the whole time. They make me kinda grumpy and Golden Orchid really helped to take the edge off.
Not in a huge hurry to reorder this as I have an insane number of other teas to finish, but will definitely pick this up again with my next WP haul.
Sometimes I wonder if I could really notice all the individual notes unless I had read about them before tasting the tea itself.
Can’t say I could for this one, but it was still enjoyable.
I’m a fan of heavier teas and this one was light and smooth but you can definitely taste the quality and care placed into the production of this tea.
To me, it tastes somewhat similar to Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tips and I have to say I enjoyed that one better but will happily finish off my packet of this.
I’ve only really achieved like, four sipdowns since I started Steepster, but in that time I’ve managed to amass about 120 different teas and not including samples. It’s hard coz I like to make my rounds amongst all my tea so that they all receive relatively equal amounts of affection from me.
This was the first tea to be finished from my The Tea Centre haul at the beginning of the year. It was compulsively likable, and though I initially complained a bit at how I wished the bergamot was stronger, I have grown to like this blend exactly for what it is; a balanced and deliciously fruity tea with a hint of bergamot, sweet and uplifting.