17 Tasting Notes
This tea is an interesting one. Of all the three limited edition blends released for T2’s #gentea campaign, this was the one I wanted to try the most, all of the ingredients looked like they would appeal to me immensely. I bought all three on a whim at T2 today, and this is the first one I’ve opened (naturally, since I wanted to try it so bad). It wasn’t on tasting in store, so I had no idea what to expect.
I opened the box (which is beautiful, by the way, I would buy them for the boxes alone, but that’s just me), and took a whiff. I almost fainted. And not in a good way. The first thing that hit me was this scent of chocolaty cream, which the first thing I was reminded of was Baileys Irish Cream. And I am NOT a drinker. It could be an olfactory response triggered in my system somewhere but this made me almost feel sick. Not a good start for poor Bree.
However, if YOU love Baileys, and other creamy sweet related liqueurs, this scent will be right up your alley. Unfortunately I couldn’t smell much else, as going in with the nose seemed like I was daring somebody to make me puke, so I decided the trial would be in the tasting.
My best description of the brew colour is a gorgeous caramel-ey orangey red, unlike anything I have ever seen before. I love my fruit infusions, but this was something different, looking into it you can’t quite figure out what it is. But it IS pretty.
The Bailey’s scent has died down a tad now. I’m brave enough for a proper smell, and I can smell rose, chocolate and strawberry. Quite pleasant.
This was brewed quite strongly, for the amount of water there was, but I wanted to try get as much out of my first taste as possible. First sips I immediately could note rose petals, strawberry, tartness from the apple pieces, sweet chocolate flavour and a hit of beetroot. The apple flavour lingers in the back of your mouth after swallowing, which is quite nice if you’re an apple fan like me. All other florals mentioned in the tea description seemed lost, to me, but then again my palette might not be quite trained enough to sense them yet.
It was nice. Drinkable. Sweet, naturally. For a name such as Rose, I wish the rose and florals were more prominent. The chocolate and fruit flavours working together is a welcome surprise though, for so long I have longed to taste chocolate and strawberry together in a drink, and I got my wish with this one.
This is definitely a fruit tea to me and I think more than anything the other florals were included to bulk up the volume and add a range of colours to the dry leaf to make it look enticing. Which is totally does. It’s just a shame I can’t smell the damned dry leaf without wanting to rush for a bucket.
As I said all along, this tea is interesting. I’ve never encountered something which was so horrible (IMHO) in some elements, and downright delightful in others. The taste is lovely, only thing would be certain elements get drowned out, and are probably there for show. Smell, well, you know. And the liquor itself is the prettiest thing I have seen in a long time.
I can honestly say I’m glad I bought it and gave it a go. And I will definitely be finishing the box. But is it worth stocking up before limited time is up? No. I don’t think. Not for me anyway. Having my cupboard smell like Baileys would probably kill me.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Flowers, Stewed Fruits
This tea hits you over the head with the ever so strong scent of dried blueberries upon first examination. The tea itself looks beautiful, and the cornflower petals look simple and elegant. I remember being a bit concerned that the blueberry was going to overpower the brew but found I had nothing to be concerned about. It’a a very subtle influence, and the fragrance of the cornflower make it a very luscious tea, classic and refined. I like it with lots of milk and a bit of honey to sweeten it, although my SO thinks it’s perfect just as it is. The second brew is lovely to drink straight as well, the blueberry influence still lingering, sweet and scrumptious. I’m sad you can’t get this anymore, because I would definitely get it again. Guess I’ll just have to savour it and take my sweet time.
Oolong Bamboo spice is a unique tea, very sweet due to oolong’s natural flavours combined with licorice root. I find myself it’s a little too sweet, but those looking for a naturally sweet blend will love this, plus the health benefits of oolong can never be sung about enough. I think I went into this expecting a bit of kick, but that’s just my preference. Nonetheless it is a beautiful tea. Was very glad to give it a go considering you can no longer get it from T2. I’m known to pick things at random to try so this was a good experience.
A very tart and mouth puckering effect may throw some off ever so slightly, but for somebody like me, this is heaven. Not the best of fruit teas that T2 has to offer (Vanilla Slice and Southern Sunrise both much more universally appealing and unique tastes I find), but this is a very yummy tea indeed. When drank hot it’s very crisp, yet somehow soothing, almost like drinking hot tea with lemon when you’re sick. Despite the tart finish this tea is actually quite light.
I love this iced, so I might leave a note when I decide to make another iced batch. The weather doesn’t seem to be letting me enjoy iced teas though. I thought it was supposed to be summer!