556 Tasting Notes
This tea is… weird. I had it hot the other night and I’m having it iced today and there is something that was really strange both times. I was really wanting a chocolate coconut combination and liked ROT’s Banana Chocolate fairly well, so I thought this was a safe bet. I like that it is low in caffeine, since I need more evening options. Maybe it is the chicory root that is making this strange for me? I don’t hate it, but I’m not sure that I’m liking it either.
Much better steeped at a lower temp! I did 205 this time. I’m getting a bit of the chocolate in a familiar Lupicia base with the light taste and astringency of chestnut. I’m feeling like chestnut is better suited with green teas because of the lighter flavor and feel of the base, but chocolate is better on a black base. But chocolate and nuts are so good together! I guess that leaves me conflicted, but that won’t stop me from drinking the rest of this cup and enjoying the rest of this bag!
The bag smells so much like bergamot that it is almost pine like! This was a free sample with my last order. I’m starting to have mixed feelings about these free samples. Last time I had to have more of their Momoko and placed another order. Wow, this is overpoweringly strong! What did I do?! It does have a very fresh tang, like fresh rose petals. Adding sugar and soy milk is making it much more palatable. It is a very bright and floral tasting tea! I’m not a huge EG fan, but I’m really enjoying this one!
From reading the ingredients I didn’t think I was going to like this tea. When I took a sip I got lemon, pepper and smokiness! Very interesting! Almost like smoked paprika with a hint of lemon. This is a much more savory tea than I am used to, but I’m really liking it!
Huh! Interesting little sewn muslin for a tea bag! That is kind of charming. Holy smokes! The orange in this is like the bright fresh oil from the peel! The chocolate is in there somewhere, but this tea is all about the orange. The aftertaste is like I just had a sip of OJ. As it cools, the chocolate hides even more. The first cup was so flavorful that I didn’t need sweetener. Not sure if it would have helped the chocolate come out some more. I sweetened the second steeping, which is weaker, but still delicious. This tea is amazing and I would like to have more of it someday!
I want to like this. Cucumber and mint sound like an excellent combo, but what is coming through is chemical like. It smells a little like perfume and some of that comes through in the taste. It is flat, the flavors don’t seem to dance well, there is a walnut aftertaste and my skin doesn’t feel any smarter (advertised as a skin smart tea). I just can’t get over the gross. Mmmm, and dry mouth to top it off. Nice. : [
Having this tea again and coming to the same conclusions as my first tasting note. The tea is nice enough, but kind of mellow and a little boring for the price tag. I do wish they had added something to make this tea spectacular like apricot, honey, cream, mango, chocolate… There is really a lot that pairs well with ginger, so why stop with just ginger?
I tried adding honey, but the honey from my yard was too flavorful and overpowered. Maybe store bought honey? I tried adding powdered goat milk (my go to for cream flavor) and sugar, which was good, but I think it was too much milk. I’m determined to find something to make this tea more exciting. The quest goes on!
Whoa there is a lot of stuff in this tea! I’m surprised by the five minute steep time, too. I’m tasting mostly cherry in this cup. A little lemon grass in the beginning of the sip. This is interesting! And is that a strawberry aftertaste?! I bet this would be great cold brewed and iced!
Thanks for this sample VariaTEA!