400 Tasting Notes
I’m quite ambivalent about this one. I had the first cup straight (no milk, sugar, etc.) and found it thoroughly unremarkable at best. I tried adding rice milk to the second cup, which didn’t improve the taste. Nor did adding a dash of cinnamon to that cup. Finally, for the third cup, I tried it with a few crystals of brown rock sugar. That definitely brought out the flavor. So in the interest of giving this tea its best chance, I am only reviewing that third cup.
This is quite pumpkin-y and a bit creamy. The pumpkin creaminess hits you first, then the cinnamon comes in followed by the other spices. The aftertaste is definitely spicy pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor tastes pretty natural, not at all artificial. This isn’t terrible, but there’s something about the spice blend that just isn’t doing it for me. I’m in no hurry to have this again.
And the reason I just downed three cups of chai when it’s nearly midnight is that this is now a sipdown! Whoo! I got this from our Taste of France swap. I think it’s from teamore. Thanks for the taste!
The dry leaves smell absolutely amazing. Vanilla, pumpkin, and a whole lot of spice that I can’t place but smells absolutely delectable. Cinnamon, but something more too (and yes I realize that cinnamon isn’t a listed ingredient).
Mmm this tastes creamy and spicy in equal measure, with a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. With a touch of brown crystal sugar, it’s all creamy spicy vanilla with just a hint of pumpkiness. As it cools, the pumpkin flavor really comes out and it is dead on for a pumpkin milkshake. That same creamy pumpkin flavor really lingers on the tongue.
Second steep: boiling water, 3 minutes. It’s still pumpkin vanilla-y goodness, though a touch too watery. I probably should have brewed longer or at a lower temp. Even with some sugar, the flavors are fainter than in the first cup. Still tasty, but I’ll have to play around with second-steep parameters.
Third steep: 180 F, just over 8 minutes. Still pumpkin vanilla numminess, but that wateriness is still here; not terrible at all, but not quite as robust as I’d like. Then again, it is a third steeping of a flavored tea, so this is kind of to be expected.
This is just a perfect autumn tea. I’m looking forward to testing whether it will be a good breakfast travel mug tea!
Not bad, but a bit heavy on the lemon balm for my taste. I like the mint here – it doesn’t come out in the flavor so much as the sensation. Tingly! The chamomile and lavender are fine. The flavors all work together nicely, it’s just kind of tart for a bedtime tea. Many thanks to adagio breeze for the swap! Where’d she go, anyway?
Hmmm. The dry leaf smells exactly like root beer, with a touch of sweetness and creaminess. Brewed, this is exactly like root beer. Down to the fizziness (how do you get something to taste fizzy without actually being fizzy anyway?). A touch of sugar brings out the vanilla creaminess more.
This tea lives up to the name. However, I just learned that drinking hot soda is not enjoyable for me. High marks for high quality, but low marks because I just don’t like tea a la soda. Thanks to Stacy at Butiki Teas for the sample!
Lately, I keep falling asleep without finishing my bedtime tea. It’s a shame to waste good tea that way, so I’ve decided to switch to the inexpensive, readily available stuff.
I’ve had positive experiences with this tea before. Last night it just tasted like tart hibiscus. Wayyyy too much hibiscus. I’m not sure why it tasted so different this time from previous times, but it’s definitely not an improvement. Oh, well.
The dry leaves of this smell just like cantaloupe. And these leaves are so cool — the long needle-like shapes unfurl into these beautiful big, full leaves. The brew smells delicately but distinctly like cantaloupe. How does this taste JUST LIKE a nice juicy cantaloupe? Oh wow. The cantaloupe hits you right up front. And all the way through. The creaminess really comes out towards the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. I think this is the same cream flavoring that Stacy uses in the Pistachio Ice Cream, but this tea doesn’t have the same ice cream-y quality. Maybe the nuttiness of that tea versus the sweetness of this one makes the difference?
This resteeps beautifully. The cantaloupe flavor is still just right. The creaminess is mostly gone, but that’s fine. The base tea really comes out instead. It’s grassy and dry, complementing the sweetness of the cantaloupe.
Heck, this even holds up to a third steep. As you might expect, the cantaloupe flavor is diminished further, though it’s definitely there and somehow still juicy. The base tea is really lovely here – vegetal and lush. I suspect this might hold up for a fourth steep, but I have other teas to get to so it’s time to move on. Again, though, I ask in wonder, how does this taste so perfectly like cantaloupe? I’m SO glad that I bought this one!
Mmmm smooth. The dry leaves are so darn pretty and tempting. Seriously, I just wanted to pick out the walnuts and banana chips and have them for a snack. But I resisted!
I’m not picking up on the banana flavor as much as everyone else seems to be. As the tea cools, there’s more of a banana flavor with a hint of walnut, but still… meh. It’s good tea, just not quite as strongly flavored as I would like. I did eat the walnuts and banana chips after brewing, and they were deeelicious.
Many thanks to Stacy at Butiki Teas for the sample!