1666 Tasting Notes
I’m revisiting a lot of my old teas in an attempt to use them up before they go stale. Looking back on my old note on this tea I’m a bit surprised to find that this time I can in fact taste the red fruits that I couldn’t before. They’re subtle but similar to the grenadine flavour in a Monk’s Blend.
Not bad, not bad at all. The dry tea smells like almond liqueur (ie. amaretto) with a touch of fruityness, though the fruityness seemed to disppeared when the water got added.
It was a bit heavy on the red rooibos when I firsh tried it, but after it had a chance to cool a bit the honeybush took over quite nicely. The almond flavour is very much there, though thankfully, unlike some, Tea Forte’s blend doesn’t taste like someone dumped a whole bottle of almond extract in it. I do wish there was more emphasis on the apricot flavour though, because I’m not really tasting it. I get the sweetness of the honeybush but nothing I can really liken to any sort of fruit. Still I think overall this tea is more ‘hit’ than ‘miss’.
This tea doesn’t seem the worst for wear after being stuck in the back of my cupboard for awhile. It smells quite similar to apple juice or apple cider – from those tart, green, granny smith apples in particular, I think. The tea has a nice, subtle green apple flavout that blends quite well with the grassy sencha base. It yields a nice resteep too and manages to hold onto the apple notes unlike some flavoured teas that only stay flavoured for their first steep.
This tea smells amazing – like watermelon gummies or candies. It made me want to eat the tea right out of the pouch, but I managed to restrain myself. ;) Interestingly, when I added the water I started smelling apples as well.
For once, this tea tastes as good as it smells, I was dreading hibiscus, but it looks like my fears are unfounded as if there’s any in the blend I can’t taste it. The flavours are fruity and sweet – like watermelon but there are also other fruits in there – honeydew melon and apples are the ones I can most readily pick out. Ladies and gents, I think this tea is a winner.
I’m not really sure what neem is supposed to smell or taste like as I’ve never had it in anything before. It’s apparently something of an Eastern panacea, so perhaps it’ll cure all that ails me. ;)
The flavour comes across as being rather bitter, at least at first, but I got used to it as I drank my cuppa. I suppose it’s the neem that gives the tea a clean, fresh sort of taste; the bitterness is a bit much to get used to though, at least with nothing else added to the tea. Maybe I’ll do what LiberTeas did and add a bit of sweetener next time.
Adding milk does improve the tea and I think it gives the tea a more balanced flavour profile. I can taste the nutty pecans more clearly, though I’m not really getting anything that might qualify as the ‘pie’ part of the tea. Still it’s an improvement over taking this tea plain so I’m bumping up my rating a few notches.
I finally reached the end of this pouch as I was deliberatly seeing how far I could stretch it out. I have noticed that these last few cups have been a bit lacking in flavour so I guess it’s fair to say that this tea has reached its consume-by date. Not that I begrudge it; this was a great got-to tea whenever I felt like a flavoured green tea and it also made an excellent refreshing iced tea (which I forgot to log – oops).
So I bid this tea a fond farewell, and it’s definitely high on my list of 52Teas blends I’d bring back if I had a choice in the matter. ;)
I don’t normally add anything to yerba mate, but I was feeling adventurous today, plus this seemed like it would be a good tea for it. I found that it brings out the mocha flavours more and gives the drink a slightly more pronounced coffee taste rather than the chocolatey flavour I get when I drink this tea without milk. There’s not so much of a nutty flavour either, I’m noticing.