501 Tasting Notes
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.
Nom nom nom. I wanted something tropical for dessert and this really hit the spot. The pretty dry leaves smell of mango, as does the brewed tea. The taste is very natural. For whatever reason I’m getting mango rather than guava, but that’s just fine by me! There’s also the faintest hint of ginger here to keep it from being too sweet. The tea even holds up nicely to a second steep. Thanks to Stephanie for the sample!
The spices are nicely blended, but it’s just missing something… it’s like the bottom just falls out towards the end of the sip. I fear the rooibos isn’t a strong enough base, leaving the chai feeling kind of thin. It gets better as it cools, though. The ginger comes out to play and there’s a touch of sweetness to compensate for the weak base.
Overall – meh. There must be a better non-black-tea chai out there. I wouldn’t refuse this if offered, but there are a lot of bagged teas I would choose first.