576 Tasting Notes
The smell of this one is really throwing me off. I often get a peppery taste with honey bush. I am finding this one to be supremely peppery once brewed. Peppered coconut.
The taste is ok. I am definitely getting creamy cheesecake. Just the slightest hints of coconut, however the coconut flavour gets stronger in the aftertaste.. The most prominent taste though is peppery honeybush. Certainly not what I anticipated.
This one came from the bestsellers sampler of the Zoomedweebies kickstarter. This one has been on my shopping list for quite a while so I am glad I have had a chance to try it.
The dry tea smells like cinnamon cake, or cinnamon pastry, or a cinnamon bun. Its cinnamon with some kind of sweet bread mixed in.
The brewed tea smells exactly like a cinnamon bun, I am getting a strong cream cheese smell.
The tea tastes like the cinnamon bun/pastry/bread but I am not getting any cream cheese or any other icing. It is still very good. I think next cup I am going to add some sugar to see what happens. The taste is definitely becoming more distinct as it cools.
Edit: Brewed again and this time added some brown rock sugar. It was ok. I don’t think it really changed the taste profile at all. This one is reminding me a bit more of a Christmas spice cake/cookie with the cinnamon and spice.
Received this one from RogersCK in round 1 of the secret pumpkin swap.
I had been avoiding this one because for some reason I thought it was green tea. But on closer inspection today I realized it was a herbal (confirmed by looking it up here on steepster).
This one tastes very similar to Lucky Bamboo from McQuarries, which I quite like, even though the only similar ingredients appear to be apple, verbena and lemon grass. This one has a very sweet and light lemon grass flavour. It is quite refreshing that is isn’t knock your socks off lemon grass. I can taste the verbena as well. There is a definite sweetness to this tea. I had anticipated it to be tart due to it being cranberry acai but I am not picking up any tartness at all. I am getting the slightest hint of saltiness that reminds me of Tulsi. Not sure if it is from the flavouring or what, but it is working with the blend.
Overall I think I prefer Lucky Bamboo but this is a good substitute.
Made this one as a cold brew. Brewed for about 11 hours. It turned out very light and delicate. Slightly floral. There was more rose as a cold brew vs hot. But it was still not overpowering nor perfumey. The black base was very light. Made a great afternoon drink. Would not be one I would gulp down to quench my thirst, but perfect for sipping with a few cookies. I was sipping it while eating homemade nachos which was not the greatest combination, but I bet it would be great with a short bread or sugar cookie.
Received this from the Zoomdweebies kickstarter.
I am not a huge pina colada fan. This one pretty much smells dead on like pina colada. There are large chunks of candied pineapple and coconut shavings mixed in with the honeybush. It actually looks quite appetizing.
It tastes quite peppery to me. I am finding this is the same “spice” I get with most honeybush blends. There is definitely a pineapple taste and a coconut taste. It is not creamy like a pina colada but I didn’t add any milk/creamer ,so if I did I think it would have felt a bit more like a pina colada. It is sweet but not too sweet, which I am liking. I think the sweet factor is one of the reasons that I don’t really like pina colada drinks so much.
I feel like I am getting a hint of rum. But that may be because I often associate pina colada with Malibu rum (or because there is actually rum flavour in this blend).
Made this one again, only steeped for 1 minute, and it seemed to be better than when I had it last time at a 2 minute steep. This time the green tea is not bitter, but I am still finding it a bit sharp and not so smooth. I am wondering if that has something to do with the mint in the blend. I am getting stronger marshmallow root as compared to the mint with this shorter steep.
Received this in the Bestsellers sampler from Zoomdweebies kickstarter campaign.
Well I can see why this one is a bestseller!
I never really had any desire to try this tea before. I am not the hugest genmaicha fan. I like it but I usually gravitate to other teas.
Upon opening the bag, I am hit with a popcorn smell. And upon closer sniff, it smells like soba cha, which is one of my favs.
I quickly brewed this up. It mostly smells like soba cha to me, very light green tea smell. It tastes DELICIOUS. It is very light on the green tea, which is just slightly salty and seaweed-y but not overpowering. There is a lot of roasted wheat/buckwheat/grain smell, not quite popcorn-y, but close. At the very end of the sip I get a beautiful creamy melted marshmallow-y taste, but to me I guess it is more of a melted vanilla ice cream taste (you know when you leave hard ice cream out on the counter and it gets real soft, but it not melted into a puddle of liquid – delish).
Very impressed with this one, I didn’t think I would like it so much.
I anticipated this one to be more of a rose scented black tea, but when I opened the package and smelled it, it was very distinctly grapefruit scent.
The brewed tea is of light boldness, it is very smooth. There is a very light rose flavour but a strong grapefruit flavour. Very gently sweet. The flower petals give a slight pastry type flavour to the tea, making it a thick liquor.
Very delicious. I am actually quite happy this one is not just a rose scented tea!
Received this one from RogersCK in round 1 of the Secret Pumpkin swap.
To me this one smells weird. There are pieces of dried apple in this one, I often find dried fruit smells weird to me, kind of alcoholic like. It is also very pretty looking with little red sprinkles in it.
I used 2 tsp to brew a about 8 oz cup, which is unusual for me, I usually go with 1 tsp. But there was large chunks of dried apple so I probably have 1 tsp of actual tea with the dried fruit in addition.
The smell of this one is reminding me of dust. Like a piece of dusty furniture. It is not making me sneeze, but just the smell of it. Not sure where this is coming from.
The tea tastes not too bad. I can definitely taste dried apple, almost like a green apple but not terribly tart. I am getting hints of caramel. I can definitely taste the red sprinkles, which have always had a distinct taste to me. I am happy to say there is no dusty taste. I think the name of this was, caramel candy apple, is accurate.
This is what I want in every black tea I drink.
The dry tea smells deliciously roasty, with hints of chocolate, it is strong.
Brewed the tea is thick and strong, but not astringent or bitter. It is smooth and creamy. I am getting hints of roasted nuts, dark chocolate. I feel like there is a very light dark plum taste, but it is not sweet plum. It kind of reminds me of Laoshan black but yet it is completely different. There is a fleeting moment where I get the feeling of honey in the back of my throat right before the aftertaste kicks in.
I am quite enjoying this tea. I am disappointed I waited so long to try it!
Edit: Made a re-steep which is unusual for me, but this tea is just so good. Steeped for 2 minutes. It tastes similar to the first steep, but not as thick. I am getting some tobacco notes. There is the slightest sweet notes in the re-steep, much like honey.