506 Tasting Notes
I was almost certain that I wouldn’t like this. Probably bad approaching teas with certain expectations, but you know how it is… (gah!, yes I have definitely been watching way too many old Leave it to Beaver episodes recently)
I take my tea and my coffee black. No cream, no milk, nothing creamy at all. The only exception is if I am getting a crappy gas station coffee, I’ll mask it with a flavored creamer. Also, let me tell you a little story about cream itself. I was in London (the time I was supposed to be there for the MJ concert and we couldn’t cancel all the reservations so we went anyway) and during one of the tours, we were offered scones with cream. It was like, have a little scone with your cream…. seriously, it was a mountain of cream and I felt sick just looking at it! I don’t not like cream, I’m just very picky about where and when I’ll have it.
This tea turned out alright. I’m not in love, but it could grow on me. It has a nice texture and the cream flavor is subtle. It’s very much like caramel flavored teas I’ve had but without the caramel (yes, that made way more sense in my head at the time). But really, that’s how it is to me, so I’m sticking with it :p
Thanks for the sample DianeInOz :)
haha, so here I was complaining about a high rated tea just before this note and now I’m about to rave about a less popular one (so like me…)
Super yummy hibiscus-dominated fruit blend!!! I LOVE hibiscus! and I love blueberries and apples.
Thanks for sending this sample my way Linnaete (^o^)
Wow, this tea has a lot of positive reviews. I (yeah, I know, I’m a tough critic :p ) wasn’t impressed.
This is a very strong hay/barley flavored white tea with no detectable strawberry flavor. I’m not quite sure there was any guava either, though I don’t remember exactly what a guava tastes like. The description is spot on when it says, “just a touch of ginger”. This is it’s only redeeming quality. I don’t generally like ginger, but it did add just a tiny bite to the white tea, which was nice.
Thanks for the sample CK!
I’m going to give the rest of it to my father, as I think that he may like it.
(Swap sample from Linnaete)
This tea has a very mild tropical flavor from the pineapple. I couldn’t figure out what the other flavors were at the time, but the peach didn’t stand out. I don’t generally like tropical flavors (or peach teas).
I wouldn’t get this for myself, but I could drink it again. The flavors are all very well balanced and it has no icky aftertaste. It’s pretty neat with the bamboo in it too. I wish I could find some different bamboo teas that are more to my preference, but this was fun to drink.
eh, it’s tolerable. It smells like a peach flavored tea, but apparently it’s mango and pomegranate. I can detect both when I drink it. It’s alright for what it is, not excessively sweet or artificial, but too fruity for me. Probably a good choice for fans of iced-tea (which I am not). Thanks for the sample Shadowfall :)
I don’t like chocolate teas too much, but since I don’t completely hate them, I figure I should give them each a chance when they show up in my cupboard, as has this one from Shadowfall.
Not a big surprise, but I don’t like this tea. The chocolate is very bitter and I don’t detect much orange.
Still workin’ my way through the swap teas. This one, courtesy of Shadowfall :)
I’ve yet to have a peach flavored tea that I really love. So far, peach teas have been excessively sweet, artificial, or just plain icky. This tea falls under the first two. The peach flavor is too artificial and leaves a sweet after taste, the sort of taste I’d get from eating a bag of gummies or a dumdum pop. The strength of the flavor is weak, though I personally wouldn’t much care for a stronger dose of cavity-inducing flavor, but anyone who is into sweeter teas might want to keep this in mind.
I received a generous sample of this tea in a swap and have since finished it off. With Steepster being so buggy recently, I took a short break from logging my teas. So, now that this tea is gone and the package has been thrown away, I can’t remember who sent it to me, but I think it was Meeka (sorry if I’m wrong!)
So, about the tea: I love it (obviously, as I finished the sample). I love a bold, roasted dark oolong, all charcoal-y with a hint of sweetness, yummy :p
Oh! It smells awful! It smells like sour mildew. I assume thats supposed to be honey that I smell, but it’s some pretty rank honey. Fortunately, it doesn’t taste as bad as it smells, but it’s way too sweet for me and and some of the nasty smell does linger in my nose when I exhale after drinking it. But thanks anyway for the sample Linnaete :)