514 Tasting Notes
Yeaaaaah, I don’t know about this combo. Coffee and chai? Well, the husband will probably drink it if I don’t. He’s a coffee fanatic! The dry leaf aroma is about as weird as it gets. I took a sip and immediately said, “Oof, that is gross!” So yeah, this is not my cup of tea.
At first, it has a weird coffee flavor. The spices don’t help this taste more like tea. It’s just strange. Once the coffee flavor ebbs, the aftertaste is all chai spices. That’s the only redeeming quality of this tea. I am afraid coffee beans do not belong in my tea. This is just gross.
Not surprisingly, the husband does enjoy it. LOL! Well, at least someone will drink this free sample. :) My husband did want me to note that he didn’t enjoy this as much as the North African Mint tea he had earlier today. He rates this one at 50, while I’m giving it a whopping 8 for being undrinkable. That nets this tea a rating of 29.
My husband said he doesn’t like chai. But then he tried this one and said he really liked it! So, maybe he’ll drink the Coffee Chai sample I just found in my cupboard…Hmm, perhaps my sipdown goal will be accomplished with his help. ;) Is that cheating?
I really dislike red rooibos. But I can never turn down trying a new tea. So, I brewed this one up with only 1 tsp for 3 minutes. And you know what? It’s not horrible! LOL!
The mint and chocolate flavors are stronger than the base. But I still get that little twinge in the front of my forehead that reminds me this is rooibos. It feels similar to the start of a headache. So, I’ll drink this cup and then pass along the remainder to a friend. I always enjoy trying new things though, and this tea surprised me. Thanks to Shmiracles for sharing her stash!
I decided to give this tea another chance before passing the rest of it along to a friend. This time I used only 1 tsp and steeped it for 2 minutes. I enjoyed it sooooo much better! I added a splash of skim milk but no sweetener, and it is delicious! The hazelnut is much lighter and more authentic tasting this go-around. Now I understand what everyone has been raving about. Upping the rating from 44 to 76. Thanks again for the sample, Shmiracles!!
Mmm, I really enjoyed the last two cups of this one. They were especially toasty and flavorful. I’m surprised how long you can steep these leaves without it going bitter. My second infusion was for over 6 minutes and it yielded a delicious cup! No bitterness or astringency at all. This genmaicha has grown on me, and now I’m sad it’s gone. :( But I am happy to have another sipdown accomplished! :) Thanks again for the sample, Shmiracles!!
This is a sweet, luscious, creamy, sunshine and hay tea. I have definitely enjoyed Teavivre’s White Peony over everyone else’s. This is where I’ll be returning when it’s time to re-stock my whites. A very enjoyable, quintessential example of this kind of tea.
This is another one that’s over 2 years old and was stored with peppermint. Why do I do that to myself? Poor mishandled teas. :( I just didn’t know any better back then I guess. Oh well.
I remember really loving this one back in the day. I should have enjoyed it while it was still in its prime. I went ahead and added Truvia and skim milk right away. Despite its age, this one smells amazing! I really love chai. :)
Sadly, the taste isn’t nearly as appealing as the aroma. This one is also slightly minty and not nearly as intensely flavored as it used to be. The cinnamon is the only recognizable spice left. It’s adding a darkness to this cup that I’m not digging. I’ll reserve judgment though and leave the rating unchanged. One more down!
I’m joining the sipdown extravaganza here on Steepster! I’m going to attempt to sipdown a bunch of these old teas I’ve had for years, as well as some more recently acquired teas from swaps. My goal is to be back in the double digits before my honeymoon at the beginning of October. Here goes nothing!!
Oh man, this one is old. This is actually from my first online tea purchase ever! O_O I’m not even kidding…I wish I were. I believe this was stored with some peppermint because it tastes a bit minty. Not overly so though. There’s just a hint of mint and then the aftertaste is where the rock oolong flavor comes in.
I don’t usually like Wuyi oolongs, but this is a greener version. The flavor has lost its intensity due to age. But even though these leaves are at least 2 years old, this is still a tasty cup of tea. :)