1747 Tasting Notes
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.
This is a fairly unremarkable black tea. I’m drinking it plain right now so it might be improved by soem milk and/or sugar. It largely tastes like black tea at first, then the pecan flavour sorta comes in at the end of each sip. Nothing special, but it isn’t gack-worthy either.
Oh man I love this tea. It’s rich and decadent without all the extra calories one would normally get from something this chocolatey. And man is it chocolately – like a sumptuous dark chocolate truffle with that hint of liqueur. The peppercorns are more of a background note giving the tea just a little touch of heat and spice. It’s simply delicious.
Yum, the tea smells a lot like margarita mix or maybe those lemon- or lime-flavoured hard candies. It’s almost enough to make me want to nom the leaves, lol. ;) In terms of the actual flavour, I’m getting more lemon and lime than I’m getting cheesecake to be honest, but I like it none the less. The sweet, smooth honeybush keeps it from tasting too tart from all the citrus which in turn gives the tea a nice, fresh, little ‘zing’.
Another good’un courtesy of Frank and 52Teas.
The yerba mate leaves are quite fine, the sort of caliber you’d usually kind in your generic teabags. Interestingly the smaller leave sizes doesn’t seem to increase the drink’s bitterness as is often the case with actual tea. The leaves do have nice staying power though, keeping their flavour through several steeps.
I picked up this iced tea at a new bulk foods store that just opened in my neighborhood recently. They also sell loose-leaf tea, but considering that it’s no-name branded and stored in unsealed bins next to the bulk spices I think I’ll pass on those. Call me a tea snob, but whtever. ;)
This iced green tea manages to NOT be sickly sweet and despite having two different sweeteners in it (cane sugar and honey) has less sugar in general than most other bottled iced teas. I think the jasmine flavours make up some of the sweetness, though I’m not sure if the flowery notes really mesh with the tart green apple flavours. It’s still nicely thirst-quenching so I’m not inclined to be too picky.
UrbanZen Tea seems to be a farily new company (and Canadian!) and I like their all-natural, no preservatives, non high-fructose corn syrup approach to iced tea. Too bad more stores don’t carry their products.