1513 Tasting Notes
*Grumble, grumble * I hate PMS *Grumble, grumble *
I don’t expect this to be a magical cure or anything, but one of its main ingredients is raspberry leaf which I’ve drunk before on its own for hormonal issues and found it helped somewhat. I was a bit leery of the ‘vitex’ or chasteberry which, despite being touted as a cure-all, can also have some unpleasant side-effects – usually only in high, continuous does however, so I figure I’m pretty safe.
The dry tea smells like cinnamon while it changes to a fruitier, more herbal scent as it steeps. The cinnamon is still there in the flavour though it’s fairly mild. In general the tea tastes sweetly herbal with slight hints of sweet lemon and berry. Unlike many of these ‘functional’ teas this one doesn’t taste nasty, which I can appreciate.
This came my way in the Travelling Teabox and since my tea cupboard is sadly lacking in Earl Grey right now, I decided to try it.
Looking at the leaves I think there must be some of Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo in there (I can see the pieces of citrus peel and the blue cornflower petals) so at first I was nervous that it would be horribly strong. As it turns out it wasn’t that at all – the bergamot flavouring was nice and mild. It’s nothing mind-blowing but it’s a good, solid tea – so kudos to whoever made it, they did a good job. :)
Yup, another one out of the Travelling Teabox – at this rate it’ll take me forever to go through it. :D
As it turns out it’s not super pear-y; I think pear is another one of those flavours that is difficult to replicate, as I have yet to find a company who has it spot-on. This tea takes a decent stab at it, however. It’s delicately fruity without tasting artificial and there are vague pear notes, although in general I gotta say that it’s more of an indistinct fruit flavour than anything else. The green tea base is decent as well; not too bitter, and subtle enough so that it acts as an accessory to the fruit flavours rather than overwhelming them.
It yields a resteep that isn’t weak or watery, which is a point in its favor – lots of teas are great tasting for the first round but the resteep is total fail.
Keeping this one. :D
The last Oooli tea that I drank intrigued me, so when I saw them on sale in the health food store today I decided to try one of the other flavours (I think I saw four different ice tea flavours on the shelf from this company).
Lemon-flavoured iced tea is relatively common – lemon flavoured jasmine iced distinctly less so, however. It sounds a bit odd, almost contradictory, to mix a sweet, floral tea with the sour, acidic flavour of lemon; but oddly enough it works. The flavours mix into a cool, refreshing drink that isn’t ‘too’ anything. The jasmine isn’t overpowering and nor is the green tea bitter as are many iced green teas that use cheap greens for their bases. The lemon adds a subtle sour bite that contrasts nicely with the jasmine.
Another tea from the Traveling Teabox and I have to say I’m liking this a lot better than the last one I tried! ;)
The tea smells fresh and minty and it reminds me as nothing so much as that Tident spearmint-flavour gum. The green tea looks like it’s been rolled into loose little gunpowder-style pellets and it looks and while some gunpowder teas will take on a dull, dusty appearance, particularly if they’re old – this tea looks fresh as well as smells fresh.
It’s nicely balanced in term of the flavour of the green tea and the flavour of the mint, with neither overwhelming the other. Both mint and gunpowder green tea can be bitter or astringent, but this tea is neither – it’s refreshing, light and slightly sweet. It’s too bad summer is over – this would be excellent iced and maybe with a bit of agave nectar.
I’m def keeping this one! :D
A lot of people really disliked this tea so when it showed up in the Travelling Teabox I decided to give it a try out of morbid curiosity.
The smell wasn’t too promising – it was an oddly yeasty, almost spoiled sort of scent with a bit of fruitiness mixed in. I reduced the steeping time dramatically from what Adagio recommended to see if that helped.
It wasn’t too bad at first – it tastes a bit dusty, and a bit fruity. But the aftertaste – dear god it’s horrible! It tastes similar to how it smells – strongly yeasty, like the tea has gone off. And it lingers. A lot – I can taste it on each breath. Bleh, this has to be the first time I’ve dumped a cup of tea after just one sip, but this aftertaste is making me gag.
You’d think that something with the word ‘tropics’ in the title couldn’t go wrong, but somehow Adagio still managed to create massive Tea Fail out of it. This doesn’t even taste remotely like anything I’d associate with the tropics. I mean yeast? Come on!
There’s always the chance that the tea really is spoiled, so I’m debating chucking this in the garbage rather than back in the TTB. Thoughts?
*chugs cranberry juice to get rid of the taste *
Another tea out of the Travelling Teabox – I imagin I’ll be trying many of those as I try to decide which teas from the box I want to keep and which ones to send on. :)
It smells like a typical Yunnan – that sort of slightly smokey, slightly tannic scent. People have likened it to tobacco (not cigarettes), though since I avoid tobacco on principle I really don’t have a good idea what it smells like.
It’s not as ‘dense’ a tea as other Yunnans I’ve tried have been, instead it’s quite smooth and surprsingly light. It has a surprisingly sweet note in the middle of each sip before it trails off into a more tannic sort of aftertaste. It’s a little bit drying on the mouth I find, but not too bad. I may or may not keep this one.
It’s not tasting as bark-like this time ‘round, but there’s still a tannin-like taste at the start of each sip that I’m not fond of. It trails off into something that’s a bit greener and smoother, but I’m still having trouble picking up that milky/buttery quality that milk oolongs are supposed to have.