47 Tasting Notes
I’m admittedly a bit of a noob when it comes to judging rooibos teas, so any of my comments should be taken with several grains of salt. My impression of this tea is that it has a “medicinal” quality that is alternately soothing and irritating. The aftertaste, to me, is a little bit like alcohol…!
It’s an interesting flavor…not sweet at all; it paired well with a gingerbread lebkuchen…
Very smooth! The actual mango taste is not too subtle nor too pronounced, and it melts softly into the taste of the black tea. I drank it without sweetener or milk as usual, but adding those (especially the former) would probably heighten the experience by bringing out the sweetness of the mango…otherwise, the flavor might just be a bit too weak.
This beats the pants off of the “Bremer” brand honey-lemon-ginseng-green tea. It smells very sweet and appetizing, like a honey-lemon scone, with an appetizing taste to match. I think I also really enjoy the addition of eleuthero—the ingredient in “Tension Tamer”, which I think is fabulous. What a great “winter”-variety green tea!
The ultimate in “meh”, Kroger doesn’t even bother to name its tea. Its official title, emblazoned in flowery script on the box, is “Tea Bags”, but that seemed an inappropriate label for Steepster. Fittingly, this nameless tea is also odorless and tasteless. If you steep it to death, stare at it long enough, and concentrate real hard, it’s possible to believe that the beverage in front of you is in fact something other than hot water. I guess I should give it credit for testing my imagination?
Why did I drink this when my tea cabinet is full of other, much more alluring things? I think I had some sort of masochistic drive to see just “how bad” generic tea is. Or maybe I was actually hopeful that this humble-looking tea box might be disguising some exquisite surprise, like in fairytales?
Agh. What a disappointing experience…After that, I think I need a cup of tea.
This tea is good! Not quite so good as Hot Cinnamon Spice, but that’s almost an unfair standard of comparison.
The blend of flavors is simple, but very well-balanced….it seems to me that the flavors cooperate rather than compete. And the blend is definitely reminiscent of warm, joyful holiday scents…it puts me in a festive mood!
Update: this tea just got even better.
I prepared it more “properly” this time. I used only 1 cup of water, rather than stretching the capacities of teabag with nearly 2 cups as I usually do. I steeped it for only 5 minutes, as is recommended. And, reluctantly, I did something that I almost never do—namely, added two tablespoons of unsweetened hemp milk to the tea.
Wow—even better! The milk really did eliminate the “sequential flavor” phenomenon. I’m sure any sort of milk (dairy or non-) would work just as well. Everything was much more blended and balanced…! Delicious _.
I LOVE this tea. It is, hands down, my favorite tea so far. It’s so good that I consider drinking it a “treat”.
My first experience with this tea was, strangely enough, at Uno’s Pizzeria. I was there with my parents, and my mom wanted to order tea. I warned her not to. “It’s Uno’s”, I said. “You probably don’t want to try their tea.” Little did I know that Uno’s stocks tea by the amazing Harney & Sons company…
My mother sipped from her mug and made a face: unmistakably, surprised delight! I asked if she had put sugar in the tea yet, which she hadn’t, and I sipped it. “Mom,” I said, annoyed, “you said you didn’t put sugar in it.” “I didn’t!” she exclaimed. Incredible. A plain black tea that naturally tastes sweetened…!?
This tea is perfect for fall, and for the holidays. It tastes like holiday potpourri smells—warm and full-bodied. The smooth “black tea” taste comes after a wave of sweetness caused by the spices. It tastes like apple cider, minus the apple. My only criticism is that the flavors don’t exactly “blend together” properly, so that sweet follows neutral follows spicy in a somewhat haphazard way—do you agree?—or maybe that actually adds to its charm.
This tea is very neutral. It will satisfy one’s craving for a hot beverage, but it’s got a rather uninteresting flavor. I think it’s not really Lipton’s fault, though; straight “hot tea” seems to me sort of tame and wimpy, the milquetoast of tea, the lowly shepherd-boy of teas, the palette-cleanser that you would sip between sampling multiple varieties of “worthy” teas. It’s probably better sweetened, or as a meal accompaniment, rather than a stand-alone beverage.
…But it’s tea. So I must soften my review and give it some love.
This is a delicious tea that manages to give off a truly tropical, summery vibe—impressive for a hot beverage! The sweet fruit flavors do mask the acerbic taste that is standard for non-blended white or green teas, reducing it to a tingling afterthought; whether this is good or bad depends largely on your personal preference and state of mind. But all in all, I think Lipton has done well with this blend, which is a definite mood-lifter.