1510 Tasting Notes
It’s been awhile since I drank this tea so I thought it could stand a revisit. It’s really the only one of the Savoury Teas set that I really like and might actually consider buying again. It’s a nice mix of fruity and tangy in a decent green tea base. Actually it tastes like it could be something that would make a neat tea cocktail – maybe I’ll try that one day.
Thank you Meghann for giving me a sample of this tea to try.
I went for a rather light steep this first time and had it without milk. That seems to have become “standard operating procedure” for tasting a new black tea – having it steeped lightly and plain first and the next time steeping it stronger and adding some milk.
This tea came out nutty-tasting, intermingled with the smooth sweetness of vanilla which becomes more prominent as the tea get cooler. The flavour is a little faint, but that’s likely due to the steeping time, but what I can taste I’m liking.
I got this tea on sale at my local health food store, not realizing until I got home that the ‘rose’ part actually referred to rose of sharon – the dreaded hibiscus. Still, in the interests of trying something new I decided to give this tea a chance.
It’s packaged in rather large teabags, unlike most mates I’ve comes across, so the convenience is nice. The bags smell citrusy and herbal with a bit of a tea-like odor and hints of something spicy. That seemed promising so I followed the steeping direction, brewing the bag in a 10 oz coffee mug for 5 min at 90ºC (boiling water apparently can ruin yerba mate).
Unfortunately my worst fears were realized and the tea turned out to be mouth-puckeringly tart, the citrus and hibiscus forming an unholy alliance in my mouth. The mate is only faintly detectable as a herbal undertone, but it’s not really there all that much. I’ll try lowering the steeping time, but right now I can’t say I’m impressed.
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. :(
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.