489 Tasting Notes
Hmm, I thought I’ve logged this one before. Guess not. Well, this isn’t the first time that I’ve had this tea. I like it more this time than before. Sometimes teas need time to grow on me. It’s smooth, slightly malty, and fruity. A very good every day black when you don’t want something too bold.
Having a glum day and I thought this tea might make it better. It’s not quite as sweet as last time, but I think that’s just my mood getting too it. I have a piano recital tomorrow and I really hope it goes well and puts an end to my glumy spell.
For the time being, ordering some more of this tea might help, since my sample from Shmiracles has not quite enough left for another cup.
ETA: Oh hey, there it is! there’s the sweet that I was missing. It all fell to the bottom :p
I got this as a free sample when I ordered tins from Annie’s Tea Time. I knew I wouldn’t like it, so it sat around in my cupboard until I decided to give it to my mother. She likes flowers in her tea :)
I was with her when she brewed a pot of it and she offered my some. I figured, might as well try it since it’s already brewed. It wasn’t so bad, but definitely tasted like roses, fruity roses, reminiscent of a dainty lady’s hand lotion.
Flowers or not, I prefer not to consume hand lotion. (^^)
My last mystery swap sample from BrewTEAlly Sweet and it’s a good one!
The flavors are nicely balanced, nothing tastes artificial. I was worried about the rose petals, because I generally don’t like flowers in my tea, but they don’t come through in the flavor. It tastes like pomegranate and green tea :)
Thank you for the sample GiggleGoddess
I’m now discovering that white teas can have quite a range of flavor profiles. This one is quite nice, but not my favorite. It is similar to White Symphony from Adagio, having obvious hay and barley notes. I like this one better than White Symphony though as that one took the horse-food flavors a bit too far. This one also has a sweeter aroma (like honey), but it doesn’t come out in the flavor much.
Another steal from my mothers RoT stash. I drink mate blends when I happen to have easy access to one, but it’s not a tisane I’ll actively seek out.
The can doesn’t have all the powdery cocoa that it warns about on the outside. I think they may have changed the formula a bit as older reviews on the RoT website describe it as being more powdery in the can.
I used just one bag and didn’t fill my mug all the way, but I probably should have used two bags. I steeped it for 7 minutes and it is a bit watery. The flavor, albeit weak, is alright: like un-sweeteened chocolate and roasted mate. It’s not a replacement for hot cocoa. If you need a serious chocolate fix, look elsewhere.
My mother went out of town to take an injured baby bunny to a wildlife vet (my sister’s cat got to it) and she stopped at a natural food store there and bought a few different RoT cans; mostly bagged as that is what they had available (it’s not a really big store).
I took samples of each to try myself, this being one of them. Not sure about the honeysuckle flavor, it’s kind of unusual. I don’t know if it’s the flavor alone or how it blends with the white tea that bothers me. The first few sips were alright, but the more I drink, the more the strange hay-sweet flavor seems to build up and offend my taste buds.
Swapped with GiggleGoddess for this one. Huckleberries remind me of Montana, which reminds me of home (Montana will always be home to me), so I had to try this tea.
This tea has a very strong and malty black base. The huckleberry flavor is very slight, just enough to add a touch of sweetness to the tea. This is perfectly alright with me.
My husband on the other hand, does not like this tea. He says he can’t detect the berry flavor and that it tastes like unsweetened Lipton to him. I don’t think he’s tried (m)any other black teas, so Lipton is his only grounds for comparison. I’m also pretty sure that he has impaired taste and smell. His teas need to be loud and flavorful. He used to drink Lipton iced tea with a pound of sugar (according to southern tradition) and since being introduced to other teas through me, he favors strong cinnamon, mint and various overly-flavored varieties. After drinking this tea for a while, he added that it was bitter and acidic. I’m not too surprised by our difference of opinion. I like me an acidic cup of dark roast coffee and he has to ‘pollute’ his with a bunch of creamer. yuck! So it’s no wonder that our taste for tea matches accordingly :)
ETA: I suggested to him that he try adding milk to it, but he says that milk/cream doesn’t work for him in tea the way it does in coffee. Oh well.