603 Tasting Notes
I have been doing tasting flights of tea this morning to get through all the samples I have. This is the first tea (out of maybe 10) that I have enjoyed. It has a nice popped rice and caramel flavor to it while still staying smooth. I am enjoying it without any additives, but I think cream and sugar may make it more decadent. And I was wrong. About the sugar at least. I’m finding sugar takes away from some of the flavors here! I said in my previous review that I didn’t think I’d buy a tin of this and I think that may still hold true, but I wouldn’t be opposed to buying a smaller amount to feel it out some more.
I’m really not a huge David’s fan. I think I like their accessories more than their tea. This definitely has a melon taste to it. Green rooibos is much less obnoxious than red, so I approve on that choice although I’m still getting dry mouth. Adding sugar makes it taste a lot juicier. It is okay, but failing to impress. I fear that fantastic tea may be jading me to average tea!
If all I had to choose from was ROT, this wouldn’t be a bad one to pick. They managed to do a fruit tea without the hibiscus and the sage is an interesting idea to pair with berries. There is a slight bitterness on the back of my tongue. I can taste the blackberry but have a hard time picking out the sage. Good idea, but poor execution.
I cold brewed some of this and I think it is better than having it hot. Unfortunately it doesn’t drastically improve it. I’m still getting that mineral undertone taste and I don’t think it was the water this time. Still getting generic fruit flavors. A little floral.
It is going in the get rid of pile. I don’t have time for mediocre tea!
Smells good in the bag. Steeped it seems a little weak. Adding sugar helps. I can pick out a creaminess, some chocolate… it’s okay, but I might pass on this bag to someone else. What I don’t like is the ring of red around my mug from the sprinkles. I know it is kind of novel to have flashy color in your tea, but I’m a bit of a party pooper and would prefer to not have artificial colors in my tea.
I got a sample of this last year at Teance, but now I don’t see any reference to it on their website. Oh well! On to the tea!
This tea is strange. It is very smooth and balanced. It has a little bit of a fruity taste, but it is also almost savory. It isn’t salty at all, but it reminds me of salted preserved plums that you get at Asian markets. It seems well done, but isn’t striking a chord with me. I may try it again and see if my opinion changes.
Steeping instructions on the bag say 1tsp to 1c water at 205F for 1 minute and it is good for 4-5 infusions.
ROT is really failing to wow me. This tea does taste like blueberry, but in a very unimpressive way. They didn’t use hibiscus and there was a dried berry in with my leaves, so kudos for that, but the tea just fails to deliver much else. Super glad I only bought a sample size!