941 Tasting Notes
It’s been a black tea day for the most part which my husband has enjoyed because his favourite teas are black. Still watching Luther (series 2 episode 3).
The tea whilst raw has a strong, smoky, dark, wooden scent. Just the way I like a black tea to smell.
Brewing this with a drop of soy milk.
Once steeped this tea smells robust, wooden and malted.
Flavour is wonderfully strong and sweetly wooden with elements of smoke, earth, leather and malt. It also has a musky quality and dryness. This would make a perfect breakfast tea or simple a ‘pick me up’ tea.
Very nice drink and I shall try it next time without the milk, I may even try it in the morning. Happy I tried this sample, may have to get some more of this.
Thank you adagio breeze for this sample.
Watching series 2 of Luther and going through some samples to help clear my cupboard. Served this tea with only a drop of soy milk.
Flavour is softer than expected with a slight smokiness and malted with little to no astringency or harshness. A little too weak for me, I used 1tsp of leaves so next time I will try it with 1.5tsp or maybe even 2tsp and see how it bares as a breakfast tea. Still it’s an average Russian Caravan blend and worth trying.
Thank you Dexter3657 for this tea. I kept it safe until October when I begin to crave pumpkin teas.
This blend smells spicy, sweet and light with pumpkin/squash that smells oddly fruity. My husband said apple and I think he hit the nail on the head, like an apple and cinnamon tea with a difference. Not the pumpkin spice tea that I was longing for…
Serving this with a drop of milk and sugar.
Once steeped the tea smells much more like pumpkin than it’s raw form but it’s still not perfect…it’s one of those teas that has a flaw but I just cannot put my finger on what it is. Smell wise so far anyway.
Flavour is mild and slightly spicy with a touch of citrus cardamom and what I would describe as squash but not pumpkin. It’s an unusual flavour but it’s not horrible, just not what is expected. It really reminds me of another tea but I don’t know which one or whom by. I almost want to say watermelon or cantaloupe melon but not nearly as nice as those. As soon as I said melon to my husband he said that is exactly what it tastes like, some sort of melon. We have been trying to work it out.
As I said it’s not a horrible tea but nor is it pumpkin. Will have to try this again in a few days and see if my view changes. No rating for now.
Cleaning out my cupboards whilst the kettle was boiling and I found two teabags left of this tea. I thought I had finished them long ago but apparently not. I remember this being disappointing and a little odd tasting but hopefully milk and sugar should make it smooth enough to gulp it down.
The sugar brings out more vanilla but it’s still not up to much. Such a shame because rose and French vanilla could have been something special.
A quick rest and then I’m going to try and find my Yunomi monthly club parcel, I seem to have misplaced it :s Got a clean large tin to blend my own Genmaicha and I loose the tea…bloody typical!
It may not be morning and breakfast has long passed but I am in urgent need for a builders tea (strong, sweet and milky). I’m trying to do my house chores which should have been done on the weekend but I was out of the house most of the time. I need to defrost my freezer and clean the fridge, mop the kitchen and do some clothes washing. I’ve done a few other bits but my back is killing me today, must have been all the walking I did on the weekend. A cup of tea and a little time to relax should do the trick before I carry on.
This is a nice tea, subtly smoky and malty but smooth and with good strength. Perhaps not as strong as my personal taste for a breakfast tea but not far off. Half way down the cup and it tastes much richer than it did before and with a touch of gentle spice.
Good quality and nice flavour considering it’s a bagged tea.
Thank you Lala for this sample.
It’s Matcha Madness Monday and this mornings matcha is Raspberry and Cream in robust flavour. I love having matcha on Monday mornings when my soy milk is delivered, I used to be allergic to milk as a child and still to this day if I drink cows milk it gives me a painful, bloated stomach. So even though I am not vegan I use soy milk though I’m not sure if that makes my matcha late’s any different in taste compared to a cow milk one? No idea but thought I would mention it anyway.
So, this matcha does smell very sweet and like raspberries but there is something there hard to describe other than artificial. Reading Lala’s review she also said there is a chemical smell and honestly I smell it too. It’s not terrible but not the nicest matcha to enjoy the aroma of.
Some quick whisking and tada I have a lovely iced matcha late.
My first few sips reveal a sweet raspberry flavour that is rather on the subtle side despite being the robust blend. It does taste creamy too but it’s very hard to determine if it’s the blend or the soy milk. The green tea is mild in flavour but noticeable in the after taste.
Compared to Red Leaf Teas – Raspberry Truffle this Raspberry and Cream blend is much softer and lighter which can be good but I just don’t like it as much personally. I’m not usually a fan of chocolate anything (I have a savoury tooth instead of sweet) but it seemed a better fit for me than the cream.
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This blend smells strongly of apricot, very sweet and juicy. Much stronger than expected actually.
Once steeped this tea smells just as sweet as the raw blend but the apricot is a tad softer.
In flavour this is much lighter than the scent but there is a delicate apricot glow amidst a malty black tea and artificial sweetness. That might not sound like a fetching review but it is a nice artificial fruit blend. It’s honestly as expected, I just wish that the apricot carried in flavour as strong as it is in scent. Oh well.
The raw blend smells like delicious, juicy blueberries and dark spicy Assam. If anything it’s more cakey or malt loaf than Danish and I couldn’t smell any cream cheese.
Once steeped the aroma is strongly blueberry and somewhat buttery. More fruity than the raw state but more mellow overall.
Flavour is of mellow strength with sweet and creamy blueberries and a touch of earthen spice from the Assam. There is also a sourness to it behind the berries.
It’s nicely blended together and is certainly something I would recommend to any fruit tea lovers (especially blueberry). I have two other blueberry blends that I prefer to this one is goes down as my ‘Third favourite blueberry blend’.
Thank you for this sample Bluebird Tea Co.
Once steeped this smells like spicy cocoa, very peppery and rather dry.
Flavour is similar to the smell, very peppery and dry with hints of cocoa and coconut. It is leaving my mouth rather dry though for some reason which is a shame considering the overall taste is nice.
It tastes very similar to something else but I cannot recall what…one of Yogi’s Chai’s I believe.
Overall this Chai is not one for me. While it tastes nice it misses some Chai elements for me such as the clove should be stronger in my opinion, and also it left my mouth bone dry in between sips. I would drink it again but would not buy it.