594 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the sample!
The leaves are so pretty! I love the many shades of brown, from so light it’s almost yellow to a nice chocolate hue. The actual brew has an interesting warmth to it. It took me a while to place the flavor, but it’s fresh-baked Russian black bread and manuka honey. I got about 6 solid steeps out of this in my little gong fu teapot. The flavor didn’t vary notably over the course of steeping, but I’d like to try it with my aroma cup and see if that makes a difference. Lucky for me, Teavivre samples are generous so I’ll be able to play around with this tea a bit more!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey
I like this. I had it at work today with a bit of brown sugar. It smells like a bouquet of roses. Frankly, the teabag looks like it too – all I could see was petal bits, no actual tea. The flavor of the base is kind of interesting. It’s heartier than I expected from a white tea, but it balances nicely with the natural rose flavor. I want to drink this a few more times before rating it, but so far it’s enjoyable.
There were a few bags of this blend in a variety box I ordered recently. It’s still delightful. The chamomile and citrus are well blended and refreshing. This is better hot than iced, but it is still palatable cold. It’s nice for an afternoon work tea when I need something energizing but caffeine-free.
This blend is way too heavy on the clove for my taste. It lives at the office, where I hardly ever drink it because the flavor taints my travel mug. I brought a bag home just so I can review it properly. Turns out there isn’t much more to say than what I’ve said before. The clove just overwhelms everything else. I tried adding rice milk to mellow it out, but that did not help. The rice milk might actually have made the clove even more prominent. As rooibos chais go, this one’s pretty unimpressive.
I had the second steep of this for my breakfast tea today. I added rice milk on a whim. The smokiness was much more prominent this time than it was when I had the first steep unadulterated yesterday. As it cooled, the smoke mellowed out and the sweet creaminess of the rice milk played up the banana flavor. I have not decided yet whether I prefer this with rice milk or straight…
I picked this up in store when I was in Tampa. It smells delightful. The mint hits first, but the lavender and vanilla are quick to follow. The flavor is an even balance of refreshing mint and soothing lavender, rounded out with vanilla and a woodsy rooibos. The mintiness lingers long after the sip. I’ll be sad when this is gone…
Thanks to Dustin for sending me some of this! The trick to this blend is to steep it with a cinnamon stick. I don’t know why, but that really brings out the vanilla and a touch of creaminess. The rooibos base here is quite good, too – woody and clean. One of the better vanilla rooibos blends I’ve had.
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla, Wood