1474 Tasting Notes
I got this tea from Doulton a while back (I think…correct me if I’m wrong). The tea smells quite chai-ish, slightly sweet and gingery, and slightly spicy. The taste was a bit disappointing though, being rather harsh and not terribly flavourful. The ginger’s really only a hint, I’d have like to be able to taste it a bit more readily.
Sorry Doulton, but this tea isn’t getting much love from me. :(
I added some agave nectar this morning and the sweetness of the nectar, along with some skim milk, seemed to bring out the strawberry and rose a little bit.
Sorry guys, I’m not that verbose when I first get up.
It’s not often that I see iced teas with an oolong base so that caught my eye when I was looking through the drinks in my local health food store for something interesting to quench my thirst. As a bonus it’s low in sugar (only 4g in this one compared to the 30g(!) you’ll usually find in your generic Lipton Brisk).
I can taste right away that they used a dark oolong for the base; it’s not a bad oolong either, with slightly roasted, bakey notes and no unpleasant astringency. The mango and passion fruit flavours are rather subtle, and I find myself wishing that they were maybe a touch stronger. It’s an interesting combination of flavours but it works out to be a rather nice, refreshing, and slightly sweet, all-natural drink.
I actually finished this last night but I was too tired to write a tasting note. I had the last of this tea iced and it was quite good, fresh and crisp, though it could stand to be a bit sweeter – maybe I’ll stir in some agave nectar if I have this tea again.
I’ve been curious about this tea, but I was afraid to actually buy a bag in case I ended up absolutely hating it. Thankfully MeghannM came to my rescue and sent me some of the tea from her collection.
It has a chai-ish scent – I can smell ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and oooh…is that chocolate?! ;) I can also smell something vaguely piquant, ie. the cayenne pepper, of which by the way there was a slight dusting in the bottom of the bag, so I shook it to mix things up a bit. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of it, but the thing I’ve learned is that a little bit of cayenne can go a long way. The tea smells quite gingery while it’s steeping with an undertone of chocolate.
The taste is significantly different from your traditional chai – there’s a bit of a spiced, chocolatey note at first…and then all of a sudden a little wave of heat hits the tongue, a mix of the cayenne pepper and the ginger I think. I’m drinking it plain right now, but I can imagine that adding milk would tone down the heat a bit. It’s not mouth-scorchingly hot or anything, though I enjoy spicy foods like curries and chilies so that might be colouring my perception a bit.
It the sort of tea to drink slowly, on a cold, wet day to warm the body back up, I think.
This was included as a free sample with my order from Wiseman Tea Co – which I thought was rather nice of them.
The dry leaves smelled delicately fragrant, like damask rose, though their flavour in the tea was slightly muted when compared to other rose teas I’ve had. Still, I’d rather have that than drink tea where the rose is so strong it’s like drinking perfume. The black tea base was mild and unobtrusive, mixing well with the rose while not being completely over-powered.
You know, I think I went the entire summer without drinking this tea. And that’s just wrong because this is so much a tea to drink iced on hot days. Today, however, was cold and rainy and I spent a day out in the (wet) grasslands for one of my courses, so I needed something to warm me up.
I experimented with this to make it more like a genuine pina colada – I sweetened with some agave nectar and added some milk – all it needs is some rum, which sadly I am lacking. The milk turned the tea a rather nasty greyish colour, but ignoring that it was really tasty, very much like a hot pina colada – sweet, creamy, and fruity. Delicious!
My mother gave my this tea, and while blueberry isn’t my favorite flavour, I like it well enough to give this tea a shot.
The dry leaves are long, folded needles of tea in a nice dark green shade. They unfold into fairly whole leaves as I steep them, which is one thing in this tea’s favour. The indigo cornflower petals are a pretty touch, but I don’t think they really add much to the flavour. The tea tastes vegetal with slightly nutty undertones, overlaid with a light blueberry flavour. It’s a nice, authentic taste, which is always appreciated and it manages to be fruity without being too sweet, but in the same token nor is it bitter.
Not a bad tea at all – this is also another one that I think might be good to experiment with having it iced.
The teabag smells quite fruity, though oddly enough the dominant scent seems to be citrus rather than strawberry. A look at the ingredients reveal that there are orange blossoms in the mix, though I’m rather surprised at how strong they taste.
The taste is fresh, smooth and ‘green’ with the fruity flavours coming at the back of each sip. Oddly enough I’m still getting a lot of citrus and not much strawberry. I’ll have to adjust the steeping time and see what I get before I rate this tea. :)
This is…get ready for it….the first time Jill’s ever made matcha!
I’ve had it often enough in latté form or the traditional form in various cafes and restaurants, but I’ve been too intimidated by all the equipment and preparation needed to try making it on my own. Then I saw this tea for sale on the 52Teas website and it sounded so awesome that I bought it on impulse, even though I have no matcha bowl, whisk, sifter, etc.
I let it hang out in my cupboard for awhile until I finally got tired of staring at it today and went for it. I decided to go with Chrine’s recommendation of 1/4 tsp in 8 oz of water just for starters. In lieu of a matcha bowl I used a ceramic cereal bowl (don’t laugh) and a little metal cooking whisk (is that sound I hear the matcha purists gasping in horror?). ;)
The matcha powder smells very strawberry-y with a bit of the green, grassy scent of matcha. When I added the water it turned into a colour that wouldn’t be amiss coming out of a swamp. The metal wisk and cereal bowl combo seemed to work okay for my purposes, although the matcha tended to settle quickly and I kept having to whisk it up again.
Taste-wise it’s a little watery for my liking, though not bitter at all, which is certainly appreciated. It has the powdery-textured, green flavour I usually associate with matcha with a hint of fruity strawberry lingering in the background. I kind of expected the strawberry to be stronger given how the powder smelled, but that may be due to the amount of water – next time I think I’ll reduce the quantity I add a bit.
Not bad for a first try, though it definitely needs some tweaking. Stay tuned for more!