688 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Shmiracles for this one!
This smells carrot cake spicy mixed with rooibos. Which, according to the description, is exactly what it should smell like. Fancy that.
Well it’s definitely one of the better rooibos teas I’ve tried but still there’s that medicinal taste. A sweetness is coming out as it cools. It doesn’t exactly taste like carrot cake but something is reminding me of carrot cake.
I can smell the guayusa clearly and then some apple and spice notes in there. I’m not quite sure guayusa is quite what I’m in the mood for but we shall see.
The first sip was good. Very guayusa with spice and a hint of apple. I added a wee bit of brown sugar and it really makes the apple come out. It’s much more cider-like with the brown sugar.
Definitely an excellent start to flavoured guayusas for me.
Update: I cold brewed this one for maybe 12 hours (I can’t remember exactly) and I’m preferring it cold over hot. I’m finding much more of an apple cider taste.
This actually brews up a deep purple/blue colour with a subtle scent of blueberries.
There is a earthy blueberry taste in there, not too strong, but it’s there. There’s something else over the blueberry that I’ve tasted before but I can’t quite remember what it is.
This is a fascinating tea. I only have a small sample so I may have to pick up some more to experiment and enjoy.
Update: The second steep of this was a success. Almost as flavourful as the first. I’m impressed.
Thanks to Shmiracles for this sample :)
I love that the marshmallows melt right into the tea. This one smells really wonderful. It really is reminding me of camping (though the last time I was camping was years ago). It brews up a bit murky but the scent makes up for that.
Hmm I’m getting a bizarre medicinal taste that’s reminding me of rooibos. Perhaps that is the roasted green tea in there? Or the allspice? I’m honestly not sure. I’ll let it cool some more before I take another sip.
The steeping scent of this is confusing my brain. It smells like eggnog but also delicious! I do not care for eggnog at all. In fact, I despise it. I’ve noticed some people have been saying it doesn’t really taste like eggnog or it’s bang-on eggnog. Mixed opinions. So I had to give it a shot.
It’s definitely creamy. I’m not getting too much of an eggnog taste here. I’m tempted to add the brown sugar recommended to see what happens.
Update: Doing a second steep this afternoon to see what happens. Very similar to the first steep, with less flavour. I get an egg-y taste but not necessarily eggnog. It’s interesting, but I don’t think it’s for me.
Thanks to jessiwrites for this one too!
I can smell the raspberries and chocolate as it’s steeping. I despise fruit and chocolate together but this one has quite a high rating so I had to give it a shot.
The chocolate seems to be overtaking the scent now that’s it’s steeped and I’m waiting for it to cool.
Well I can see why most people would enjoy this tea, and it’s certainly smooth, but it’s not for me.
Gah the deep pink steep colour of hibiscus :|
But it smells so delectable. Like a cross between strawberry rhubarb and warm apple pie. Both of which are delicious.
First sip and I’m actually enjoying it. What?! Enjoying hibiscus? According to David’s website it’s actually hibiscus flowers. There it is.
It’s looking good for this tea. Yum!
The second steep is not as flavourful but still drinkable :)
Update April 17/13: I’m so upset now that I’ve decided I love this one enough to keep around, it’s gone. Bleh. jessiwrites was awesome to send me a few more cups of it, thank goodness.
I love pears but this tasted nothing like pear to me. It tasted almost like some sort of weak syrup maybe? Bleh.
I put some in the fridge to cold brew so perhaps that will be the saving grace for this tea.
Thanks to jessiwrites for such a generous sample :)
Update: I let this one chill for at least 7 hours in the fridge. It’s definitely an upgrade from before but still not all that amazing. With a name like Perfect Pear I was expecting it to taste just like a pear! Perhaps pear is a hard taste to master. But this is only my first pear tea and often when they don’t work out it just spurs me on to find the perfect one :)
Oh yes. There are no words.
Okay maybe I have a few words. So this morning I drove my fiance to work at 6:15a. Now normally I come home and get ready for my class. This morning I was exhausted, which has been a near permanent state for some time. So I decided to lay down, just for 5 minutes. I think we all know how that went.
Two hours later I woke up and yep, I had missed my first class. But there was a silver lining. I went outside to empty the recycling when the mailbox caught my eye. What was in there but two tea swap packages! I have so many new teas on my counter at the moment it’s slightly ridiculous but I’m so excited! Thanks to jessiwrites and Shmiracles for turning my Monday back around :)
And this tea is amazing. I’m quite sure Butiki could make anything taste amazing. This will be a permanent in my collection.
Having my second steep of this to motivate me to study. But it’s making me daydream of summer days at the beach. Oh summer. Beach. Happiness.
The second steep actually turned out well. Still a fair amount of flavour.