1322 Tasting Notes
Tea bag appearance: A mixture of finely ground and loosely chopped pieces in a see through teabag.
Tea bag scent: Thickly herbal but with some sweetness from the ginseng.
Steeping Instructions: None are given on the packaging but knowing this contains green tea I will use water just under boiling for approx 3-5 minutes. Also, a quick note to say the teabag string is a little short and needs to be tied around the handle to stop the bag from fully submerging, string and all.
Once steeped a green brown liquid is the result with a mild sweet grass scent.
In flavour this is sweet and soft, somewhat matching it’s scent. There is also a honey like quality about it from the ginseng. It’s not bitter nor herbal tasting but it does have some dryness in the after taste but it doesn’t linger for too long. The green tea itself is noticeable but it’s not bold so I think it would be suitable for those that are new to green tea or perhaps are not overly keen on it.
So, an energy tea…frankly I am all for more energy! Despite it being a tea bag I found this one pleasant in flavour and ease to brew. It’s sweetness was not overly strong but subtle enough to be refreshing and leave a pleasant (though short lived) after taste. Again, with a name like energy this tea is more than just something to taste nice. Green tea is well known for having energy boosting properties though it seems it doesn’t work for everyone after reading through a few forums. Personally I do feel a little change, I mean I couldn’t run a marathon but I feel focused and ready to tackle my goal list for today. Than in itself is an improvement from my zombie like state pre tea. I have a feeling it’s too early to say yet but hopefully my energy will increase slightly throughout the day.
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Ingredients: Nettle Leaf, Peppermint Leaf, Burdock Root, Dandelion Root and Artichoke Leaf.
Tea bag appearance: Fine ground herbs with some medium sized, fluffy pieces. Some are so small they fall through the bag, which is see through and easy to look at it’s contents.
Tea bag scent: Herbal with a delicate peppermint hint.
Steeping Instructions: None are given on the packaging but knowing this is herbal I will use boiling water for approx 5-7 minutes. Also, a quick note to say the teabag string is a little short and needs to be tied around the handle to stop the bag from fully submerging, string and all.
Once steeped a brown liquid is the result with a soft, sweet mint scent and a touch of mixed herbs in the background.
In flavour this is full bodied with noticeable peppermint and burdock flavours. A subtle sweetness but thick herbal after taste with dark burdock tartness. As it cools the herbs don’t increase in strength and it remains easy to drink with it’s sweetness, the mint having a creamy feel against the dark, wooden burdock.
It’s herbal and while not a fan this blend is not offensive in strength nor flavour and is a little different given it’s rather strong burdock after taste. The mint is not strong enough to be called a mint tea but it does leave that slightly refreshing taste in my mouth. However, this is not a tea that necessarily requires to taste nice, it’s a functional tea after all. In terms of it having detoxifying capabilities I will not know for the time being, though I do understand that nettle is a diuretic and peppermint is good for aiding digestion.
For pictures and more info please view my blog: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2016/05/09/blendology-functional-teas-review/
This morning has been lazy but I needed it after my few pints of Guinness last night (I can’t drink like I used to, I’m too old for it now). I hoovered my carb (husband is very messy) and now I’m watching Jurassic World. My treat for doing anything so far is a large pot of tea and I chose this one.
Steeping Western style with roughly 10g combined with 800ml boiling water. Something I intend to keep re steeping throughout the day.
Colour is dark brown.
Scent is toasted hay with flowers and tree bark.
Taste wise it’s rather chocolate like with elements of toasted nuts and a sweet yet light and milky floral aftertaste. Much nicer than I expected and the chocolate similarity is very pleasant. It’s not too strong or sour either considering it’s age.
Tonight’s tea which is a re-visit after not drinking this in a while. Plus after a cold it’s nice to go back to tasting tea.
This is a yellow, light bodied Darjeeling which I vaguely remember from previously with a soft muscatel scent with hay.
Flavour is soft with butter, hay, flower and dry wood notes. Extremely mild in strength which must be why this is down rated.
I think this tea can be given to my husband to use up at work.
My mother got me a beauty set from Neal’s Yard Remedies as a gift, they are mostly organic face and body creams and such but there was also a tea included. Well a tisane to be more politically correct. An organic blend which boasts the abilities to “Balance the emotions, uplift, sooth, and relax.” All served in a caffeine free and bleach free bags.
I admit, this did make a nice addition to the set but at the same time it boasts too much and I have my suspicions. While it may taste nice (which I shall see very soon) it may not necessarily be calming. I do dislike the hyped up tea/tisane benefits that some companies boast.
Opening the box I can see the bags are sealed into individual sachets which is a nice touch but something I did expect.
When I open the sachet I see the bag has a long steeping tag and the bag itself is white, it’s too thick for me to make out the quality of the contents. However, a sniff of the bag reveals a dry, thick, herbal scent of frankly nothing pleasant. I hope it doesn’t taste it smells.
Instructions – “Use one teabag per cup, cover with boiling water and allow to infuse and release the herbal goodness for 5-10 minutes. Remove teabag and enjoy”.
Once steeped the liquid is golden brown and bares the same herbal scent as it’s raw state (in others words; yuck!).
I tried to come into this with an open mind but so far I am very unimpressed. Unfortunately I usually am when it comes to tisanes, particularly pre-bagged. This is bared in mind as I take my first few sips. It’s as herbal tasting as it smells though there is a slight sweetness which lingers in the after taste. It reminds me of clove as it has a refreshing quality, perhaps it’s the skullcap?
A few more sips reveal a touch of flowers but they are very subtle amidst the thick herbs that they are indeterminate.
Frankly this is going to come into one of two categories for me: Drinkable and Undrinkable. I severely dislike thick herbs in any tea or tisane and unfortunately for me this fits the bill. I could finish this mug though honestly I will not be looking forward to it, but the idea of drinking the other 19 teabags in my possession fills me with dread and as a result I’m pulling a screwed up face at the idea.
The face creams and products are actually amazing but the tea is very disappointing.
I love that this comes in a can rather than a pouch. Plus it’s got a ring pull to open it for a real sense of freshness. Not to mention the plastic re-sealable lid for ease of use.
As I open the ring pull the Matcha is revealed, it’s a glorious shade of grass green and bares an amazing, sweet aroma of lightly toasted grass. Delicate but beautiful!
A quick inspection of the packaging reveals that this comes from Sakae-cho, Odawara, Kanagawa in Japan.
I will be preparing this Matcha Uji Style with water temp 75C.
he resulting Matcha is silky and bright green in colour with a wonderful, thick froth. Scent matches it’s raw state to that of toasted sweetgrass.
Flavour is sweet but with some astringency. Grassy notes mixed with cream and seaweed. Very pleasing and thicker than I thought it would be from the scent. A touch of dryness in the after taste but with a lingering grass tone.
This was extremely pleasant and a joy to drink. It also has to be said this got bonus points for being organic. I’m generally a fan of NaturaliTea and this holds to their quality and style. In terms of it being a ceremonial Matcha I would say this was a very nice example and it compares very well to some top names/brands.
For these reasons I will be rating this an 8.5/10. Almost a 9 but for me there was perhaps too much sweetness.
For pics please view my blog: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/11/03/organic-matcha-memories-with-naturalitea/
Flavors: Cream, Grass, Sweet
I found one remaining tea bag of this left over from Christmas, a single bag looks lonely so I decided to use it. It’s lost a bit of flavour and spice through being stored but it still has some pleasantries. The nutmeg is stronger than I remember but essentially this is now a normal bag of tea with a slight twist. Perhaps keeping it for so long was a mistake, oh well. At least it made for an interesting breakfast tea this morning.
Around 2 months ago I reviewed this tea and gave it top marks, essentially it had everything I look for in a black breakfast tea. Though I have continued to drink this I thought I would review it again to make sure the top mark rating is just.
Taking 1.5 teaspoons of blend and steeping with boiling water for around 3 minutes.
The resulting liquid is thick and malty with some sourness and a hint of smoke in the after taste. Despite being full on in terms of flavour this is not astringent and does not require milk nor sugar to drink it. The sourness adds a charm to the blend and works well with the malt notes. There is also a touch of sweetness to it which becomes noticeable after a few mouthfuls.
I still do really like this tea, it’s perfect for me in the morning. I don’t like using milk or sweetener when I can help it and this blend means I don’t have to, but it doesn’t compromise on flavour and I’m not pulling grimaces between sips because it tastes too rough (which sometimes happens with other breakfast teas). Either way I will need to get some more of this when I run out because it would truly be missed.
In short, this blend is still a winner.
Upon opening the packet I am met with a large leaf and floral blend, which was not quite as I imagined it somehow. I was expecting pieces of butterscotch in the blend to create the flavour, instead we have ‘natural flavours’ in their place to create a synthetic version. With that in mind I give it a sniff, and while it’s sweet (and again floral) it just is not butterscotch like. It does smell creamy and well it’s still a pleasant scent but not quite right.
This will be interesting! I put two teaspoons of leaf (as it’s large leaf) into my steeping mug with 90C water for roughly 3-4 minutes.
The resulting tea liquid is golden brown in colour and bares a sweet scent that actually does resemble butterscotch rather well. Less floral than it’s raw blend form but not as creamy or thick as actual butterscotch.
In terms of flavour this is very pleasant, a dark, toffee and treacle mix (without a lot of sweetness) with some creamy, floral undertones that linger in the after taste. It’s not bitter but I think the flavours would be enhanced a bit better with some sugar or honey, just to make it more butterscotch like. Even without anything extra it still does have a butterscotch essence and though it may not be perfect it’s still very well created.
As it cools it becomes creamier and a little thicker in the after taste, particularly the floral tones. At this point I can taste the white tea a little better and it’s also becoming increasingly dry.
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