517 Tasting Notes
It’s that time again: TEA TIME!!! Today I’m going with a classic: Earl Grey.
The dry leaves bring back memories of Paris when my friend, Juanita, and I stayed with a French family for a week before going off to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. Beautiful, luscious earl grey!
The family we stayed with drank this tea out of bowls instead of cups! At the time, we thought it was a French thing. We came to learn it wasn’t, which just led us to believe we had stayed with one weird French family! Now I think they were probably just fine lovers of good tea.
But I digress while impatiently waiting for the tea to cool. The brewed tea’s aroma is heaven! It tastes sweeter than expected, which is a pro for me. I find Twining’s Earl Grey to be a little strong for my tastes.
This tea goes great with a little honey. Just a little though, or it overpowers the core flavor of what makes this tea distinctly Earl Grey.
Simply put: it’s perfect! It’s exactly what I wanted and expected, and I can’t help but be enveloped with memories of a summer exploring Paris with one of my best friends.
It smells delicious! This is a yummy green tea.
It’s much less bitter than other flavored teas I’ve had lately (see Sakurambo Vert). But the strawberry & vanilla flavors are less strong than the cherry flavor in Sakurambo Vert.
Still, a good tea on its own without milk. Honestly, I don’t see how you could add milk or sugar to this. But I’m not sure I’m tasting any of those matcha notes in there.
It probably should be brewed with a water temperature less than boiling (even though that’s what the package suggests).
This tea doesn’t just smell like cinnamon, it smells like an Atomic Fireball!
Even though the aroma is ferocious, the tea is pleasant. I added a little milk to it and it’s good. It really does taste just like tea with cinnamon (surprise surprise, right?).
The cinnamon flavor is not overwhelming though. It’s a very good balance.
I’d probably grow bored of it if I drank it on a daily basis. But that might be attributed to my recent vast consumption of cinnamon lattes.
It has a very fruity, sugary aroma. It smells amazing!
But I don’t think my tongue was made to drink tea today. It tastes pretty bland, which seems impossible with the way it smells.
I definitely watered it down too much. I think this tea is probably amazing. I need to give it another chance. Although I have noticed a trend with Lupicia that the aroma of their flavored teas is often much stronger than the flavor.
It has a very pleasant aroma akin to Twining’s English Breakfast or Lupicia’s Afternoon Tea. But it tastes very plain for a black tea. It’s not strong at all.
I drank it straight, and I have the feeling that if I add milk or sugar, it would probably completely mask the taste of the tea.
This is a light, subtle black tea. I almost feel like I’m drinking a green or oolong tea because it’s so light. Maybe I watered it down too much (I tend to do that sometimes).
Smells the way it should: black tea and peaches.
I started playing around on Facebook and let the tea cool off too much before I tried it. Not good cold. Had to nuke it. But I digress.
Overall, it’s kind of bland. More so than I would expect from a black tea (I usually find black teas strong and need to dilute them with milk). It’s also been 80 degrees in my apartment for the past week, so it makes it harder to enjoy hot tea. I should probably switch to iced teas for a while. sigh But I digress again.
I added a little sweetener & I think that helps bring out the taste of the peaches more. I blame the selection of black tea leaves they chose for the base.
I steeped it for 3 minutes. Maybe less water would have been better? I sometimes get the water to leaves ratio off and always on the side of too much water.
First things first: the aroma. It smells like a flowery perfume I might wear. But the taste? Wow!
This tea is fantastic! It needs just a tiny bit of sweetener (hey, I have a very bitter intolerant, sugar loving tongue), but it’s delicious!
It reminds me of something I had in childhood, but I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe that’s the mandarin notes coming through?
I could drink this every day. I’ve fallen in love. Time to try a lot more jasmine teas!
It definitely smells like strawberries, but the taste isn’t very strong. It’s good, but I don’t think I would buy it in bulk.
It says it goes well with milk, and I tried it both ways. I like it better straight because the strawberry flavor wasn’t very strong. Strange for a tea named Strawberry. This was kind of disappointing.
It’s not a bad tea by any means! But I had very high expectations.
Oddly enough, the empty cup smells exactly like strawberry fruit roll-ups! Too bad it doesn’t taste like that. But for those of you who haven’t had it, go to Outback and order a wildberry lemonade (non-alcoholic). Now THAT tastes exactly like a liquid fruit roll-up!
So far, it smells a lot more appetizing than the only other rooibos tea I’ve tried (Piccolo). It actually has a much sweeter taste than I expected too. I like it!
Although I’ve noticed that flavored green teas all kind of taste the same after awhile. Maybe that’s just me, but this isn’t the best green tea I’ve ever had or anything.
But it gets points for having a cute name and for not being overwhelming or gross for a blend of so many ingredients. (Teavana could learn a thing or two from Lupicia here).
I realize this is Lupicia’s number one best selling tea of all time, but I’m just not that impressed.
Those Japanese peaches must be well-loved though because they’re used in at least three teas in my sampler kit, including black, green, and now oolong.
But anyway, the Momo Oolong Super Grade definitely has a strong, sweet scent of peaches. But the scent is much stronger than the flavor. It was misleading. I expected to be hit by a wave of peach flavor from the aroma it gave off while steeping. But I was surprised to learn that wasn’t the case.
However, the peach flavor is strong enough that it kind of masks the flavor of the oolong, which is almost bitter.
I realize that I’m being quite critical of this tea. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just not a favorite of mine. I like the Golden Osmanthus oolong tea better than this one.
Perhaps I’m just missing the bandwagon with this tea, but I suppose I’ve never been a huge peach lover either.