501 Tasting Notes
When I first took a sip of this, I thought I accidentally took the cup of tea that I had brewed for my husband (a hibiscus blend). But, nope. This tea just tastes very much like hibiscus. But fear not hibiscus-haters! It is a very mellow tart-free hibiscus flavor. I suppose it is supposed to be plum, really. The spices are not particularly strong.
Not a bad cup of tea, really, but I don’t know about repurchasing since I prefer not to have a lot of sugary teas in my cupboard. Especially since this tea doesn’t taste sugary, but i can see the sugar pieces in it. If I’m going to have sweets, they had better at least taste like sweets :D
In previous notes for this tea, I commented on its sweetness and lack of hay flavor. The current batch that I just opened today tastes different. There are definitely hay notes this time and I cannot find that apricot.
I’m not changing my rating, however, b/c I had more than one batch previously that was superb (so this isn’t a case of the way-to-numerous teas that I dislike after the second or third cup, and anyway I don’t dislike the current cup, it’s just more basic-white flavored)
Another tea from my sampler cube. Smells good out of the package. Brewed up smelling artificial/generic. Tastes better than it smells. I can hardly detect the oolong base. Not a bad cup of tea, but probably not a reorder.
Yes, I included a collection of sentence fragments in this review. What are you going to do about it? ;)
I got one of the sampler cubes full of tea sachets from H&S. There are a few in there that I definitely won’t try and have given them away already.
This one, I was afraid to try, not wanting to crash another trendy-tea party. But, I did it anyway. And, as usual, this über-popular blend does not suit me. I dunno, maybe it’s the bergamot. If there wasn’t bergamot in it, I’d say it was the caramel, but as it is, the caramel isn’t causing any trouble as it often does for me.
I used the last of my sample from staphanie with a greater leaf-to-water ratio. I had just under two teaspoons and I used exactly 8oz of water. I remembered to rinse first this time and then i steeped the leaves for 4 1/2 minutes, trying to bring out some of those dark and chocolate notes everyone else gets.
But bleh. It taste like rotten green beans this time. Strange though that I get very little aroma from this puerh.
Apparently, I was not ready for the “full power of the dark side” according to the description :p
For a while, I was nearly out of all my favorite teas and this was all I had to keep me company for a month or so. I still have some left, believe it or not :D After much experimenting, I’ve decided that it is best brewed for 2min30 seconds. I’ve over steeped it a number of times when I left the room or didn’t hear my timer beep. It isn’t bad for a long steep. The mint compensates for the bitterness that would accompany a straight black tea, but I find that the flavors are in the best balance at a shorter brew time.
This is another tea from my swap with stephanie
I’ve been in a green oolong mood these days and I have become particular about what I like and don’t like. This oolong is heavy on the creamy texture side, but lacking in complexity of flavor. It was a pleasure to drink nonetheless.
I just ordered some of this tea, having remembered really liking it, but I don’t like it so much now. It is heavily spiced, with enough pepper to scare any cold away, I’m sure, but this isn’t how I remember it. I think, having had a swap sample, that what I tasted before resulted from not being fresh out of a new bag. This is one potent tea, and the ginger is stronger than I remember too. I could let the tea sit for a while, hoping to recreate what I enjoyed before, but I’m too annoyed that Teavana is so attached to artificial flavoring. I thought this one was free of it, but I was wrong. Why is it necessary? This tea has just about every spice known to man in it, why do they need to add artificial flavor too? frustrating.
I do make exceptions here and there for the rogue artificially flavored tea (or food) because there are a few flavors that really do come out better that way (key word few). Teavana is like artificial flavor paradise. . .sigh
Basic cup of bold black tea, suitable for breakfast time and milk (if your into that). Im having mine in the afternoon, milk-free. I just wish I had some tea cookies to go with it. . . ::in day-dreamy voice:: yummy cookies, I want a cookie. . .
No cookies for me. Only tea.