403 Tasting Notes
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!
Screw it. I don’t care if this IS a cheap, low-end teabag – I am quite enjoying it. The description is mostly dead-on. This is all sweet apple and cinnamon with a hint of creamy sweetness on the back end. I’m not tasting any chocolate notes though. This is a nice, caffeine-free evening tea for chilly weather.
Lovely as always. I had this for breakfast in my travel mug. It was actually too pastry-esque for my mood. Just heavier than what I wanted, though I didn’t know that before I started drinking it. Still, it was delicious! I’m looking forward to trying the Brioche Free now that there’s a non-black tea version of this.
Mmmm. Lovely bedtime tea. I even managed to finish this one! Unlike many of my bedtime teas which I forget about halfway through…
The lavender and chamomile really are beautifully balanced here. It’s soothing without being cloying or overly floral. I had some lavender scented oil going last night too, which complemented the tea just right. Come to think of it, I did sleep better than usual…
Thank you to Sophie and Laurent from Nina’s Paris for the sample!
This is a nice, juicy strawberry tea. Tart and sweet. Somehow I’m still not picking up on the creaminess though. Maybe I brewed it wrong? I used 1 rounded tsp for 8 oz, boiling water, for 5 minutes. I have enough left for another cup so I can play around with it again.