532 Tasting Notes
Christina didn’t like this one. Good news for me, because I liked it quite a bit and she sent me the rest of hers. Thank you!
This is a nice oolong with a strong undertone of vanilla. It’s good hot, but I’ve just accidentally discovered that it is amazing cold. The smooth vanilla comes to the fore without drowning out the oolong. Man oh man this is going to be lovely as the weather warms. Whee!
I don’t think I’ve ever had a floral rooibos before!Based on the smell of the dry leaf, I did not think that I would enjoy this. It smelled very artificially floral. Once brewed, this becomes a veritable bouquet. If this is what a day in Provence feels like, then I need to book a flight. The lavender and rose play nicely with the woody quality of the rooibos, which keeps the florals in check. As this cools, the berry flavor comes out. It’s almost like a different tea actually.
Overall I find this very soothing and expect to finish it off quickly. It’s just a lovely lovely bedtime tea.
I wanted to make this for some guests today. I didn’t have enough leaf for a whole pot, so I mixed up what I had with Nina’s Versailles Rose. It went over big. I think. It’s hard to tell with some guests whether they genuinely like something or are just being polite. But I think they liked it.
For me, it kind of just tasted like black tea. Very dry with a citrusy aftertaste. The Versailles Rose improved on the citrus aspect, but the Troika toned down the best notes of the Versailles Rose.
I actually picked up both of these teas at the Taste of France festival back in the fall. The Troika came from Fuzzy_Peachkin (I think) and the Versailles Rose from Laurent. Thank you both!
sipdown of the Troika
I’ve never seen a black tea/rooibos blend before. I’m intrigued! The dry leaf smells like caramel and citrus. I would almost say orange, but I know it’s not. The color of the brew is definitely orange, though. The rooibos is very assertive. Woody. It’s tempered by a hint of caramel and citrus. The citrus peeks out at the end of the sip. It’s a generic sort of citrus flavor. I wouldn’t know what it was if I didn’t read the label. The creaminess comes out in the aftertaste and lingers pleasantly long after the sip is over. Caramel builds up in the aftertaste as I near the bottom of the mug.
This tea is ok, but nothing special. I’ll probably get my dad to drink the rest.
I saw something very similar to this at Trader Joe’s. I considered buying some to compare with this mix, but then I read the nutrition label and totally changed my mind. It had 10+ ingredients, loads of chemicals, and a whole lot of fat. So yeah, that didn’t happen. But of course I ended up thinking about this mix all the way home.
I decided to try it with cold rice milk this time. It turned out ok, but too sweet. This is much better hot. For dessert or a leisurely weekend breakfast. Somehow I can’t see this or any matcha as a regular breakfast drink. It’s just too thick and sweet for that.
Holy hot cocoa batman! This tastes exactly like hot cocoa. Amazing. I bet this would taste incredible iced. This tea is way too good to wait until it cools, though. I got two solid steeps out of it. Also, it takes beautifully to a shot of Bailey’s. This is so going on the ideal cupboard list. Thank you MissLena!
Thank you for sending this to me, MissLena!
I was really worried that this got contaminated at first. What’s up with the spiciness? I was expecting creamy orange! Instead, the dry leaf smells overwhelmingly of cinnamon and, weirdly, clove. There’s a touch of vanilla at the end of the sniff. The brewed tea has a more balanced smell – equal parts cinnamon, vanilla, and orange.
The taste is sharp cinnamon and woody rooibos with a tart aftertaste. It actually reminds more of a chai than any kind of creamsicle. There is a nice sweetness that comes out at the bottom of the cup. If the whole brew tasted like this, I’d probably be a bigger fan.
Sipdown. I received a teabag of this with my sample set… wow, a year ago. It’s still wonderful. I had forgotten how much I adore sencha. The dry bag smells grassy and light and sweet, almost like cantaloupe. The tag is notched so you can stick it on the mug. It’s a small detail but I really like it. I really hate when the tag falls into the mug and I have to find a way to fish it out.
The tea brews up a gentle, light green. It smells grassy and sweet. The flavor is grass and a touch of roasted rice. I’ve had better Den’s Teas, but then again this one probably tasted better a year ago when it was fresh.
This was one of the relatively few teas I could drink during Passover. Alas, it contributed to my chometz-deprived crankiness.
The dry leaf has a very chemical strawberry smell. The brew smells the same, perhaps slightly less chemical-ish. It is, unsurprisingly, red. That’s because this tea would be more aptly called “Creamy Hibiscus”. I don’t automatically hate hibiscus, but I don’t like how hibiscus often overwhelms any other flavors in the blend. Thankfully, this can be made more palatable by brewing it along with a bag of Wissotzky Cinnamon Magic. The cinnamon in that tea can actually stand up to the hibiscus in this one and add a little complexity to the cup.
I had to look up what Panna Cotta is. Apparently it is a gelatinous dessert. As a vegetarian, I have never and am unlikely to ever taste it. So I can’t speak to the presence/quality of the panna cotta taste. All I can tell you is that there’s some creamy aspect in here that I imagine is supposed to be the panna cotta.