833 Tasting Notes
On first smell of this brewed tea, it smells exactly like sweet orange cream by Kally tea, which I reviewed yesterday, so I was a bit skeptical. It smelled exactly like rockets, the candy.
On first sip it was very strong hibiscus. But after I let it cool it was much better. Still very strong hibiscus but was not too bitter or tart. More like blunted hibiscus. There is a bit of a citrus undertone. I do not get blood orange from this at all which is disappointing because I love blood oranges. Still on my search for an authentic tasting blood orange tea.
I am going to try to steep for less time next time and see what happens.
Overall makes a good tea, just not what I was expecting.
Thanks to Sil for this sample.
I can’t recall if I have ever had a straight yunnan before. I find this taste to be odd. Not odd in a bad way, it’s just different than what I expected. I did brew it at work so I have no control over the temp of the water I used but it was probably under boiling point.
The tea brews a nice golden colour. It smells sweet and maybe a hint of vanilla. The tea tastes light and kind of sweet and earthy. There is a bit of an astringent aftertaste but it not too bad.
This is a nice light breakfast tea in comparison to a strong one like English breakfast.
Thanks Sil for this sample.
On first smell it is very delicious orange creamsicle smelling, then BAM – Hibiscus! I figured I had to give it a try anyway, sometimes hibiscus can be deceiving.
I am unsure of the smell of this tea. I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like. Maybe creamy hibiscus.
I am also having a hard time describing the taste of the tea. I am getting the Rockets taste, like Raritea. There is creamy vanilla, citrus, hibiscus, slightly floral, but not necessarily rose. There is a sweetenss to it but it is also tart. Knowing the name of this tea I can certainly understand why it is called sweet orange cream. But if I had this tea in a blind taste test without knowing the name, I am not sure I would come up with sweet orange.
Overall is a good tea, but it feels a bit all over the place. I have some left and will try a cold brew to see how that tastes.
I made the last of this as a cold brew. It turned out ok. Something about the lemongrass is just hitting me the wrong way. It tastes very lemon peppery to me as a cold brew. I feel like I would like this tea if there was no lemongrass in it. It is not bad but I thought I would love this iced when in fact I prefer it hot. Guess you never know until you try :)
Thank you Nina’s Paris USA via Kittenna for this sample.
The dry tea smells strongly of rooibos, there is a nutty or woody scent.
The flavour of the brewed tea is very strongly rooibos. There is still a nutty flavour. The tea is very creamy. There is a very slight fruit flavour. I am not sure if I would say it was peach or apricot without reading the description of this tea first.
Overall the tea is good. I am just not a huge rooibos fan.
Received this in a swap from Sil.
The dry tea smells like a buttery green tea. The brewed tea smells buttery and nutty. As it cools off more, there is more of a fruity smell to it.
There is definitely a caramel taste to the tea. A fruity type caramel flavour. The aftertaste is more nutty, buttery green tea.
Overall a good tea. I am not too fond of the fruity flavour, but it goes well with the caramel.
Another sample from Sil. She spoiled me!
On first opening the little bag of this, I was a bit worried becuase I could smell an earthy aroma, which I associate with a pu-erh. I then looked up the description of this tea, and was greatly confused. Black tea scented with orange? That can’t be what I have here.
While brewing I could still smell the earthy aroma, I got from the dry tea. But after brewing and once it started to cool, there was that orange scent! It was a black base with a light orange scent. The taste is absolutely awesome. Very refreshing. I almost want to try putting orange slices into my black tea to see if I get the same taste.
Thanks Sil for this tea. I quite enjoyed it.
Brewed this one cold last night. Brewed for about 14 hours. It brewed the most beautiful bright fuschia liquid. It tastes like what I imagine dragonfruit juice would taste like. There is just a touch of sweetness. No need to add any sweetener to this one. I think I prefer this one cold.
This tea is going to become a cupboard staple I think.
I had this one cold in a water bottle this morning, as a practice run for when I bring it to work.
When I first opened the ziplock I had the open package in, I was hit with a whiff of raspberry. I think this one just needed some time to cure a bit because It did not smell like this when I first opened it a few days ago.
Drank cold, there is a strong cinnamony and pastry type taste. You can taste the cream. There is a very slight raspberry taste. I think I almost like this one better cold, than I like it hot. I forgot to put a bit of sugar in it too, which I usually do. I think adding a bit of sugar will bring out more of the fruit sweetness.
This dry tea is just large chunks of dried fruit. The dragon fruit pieces are fair sized slices, and the cranberries are whole. I have to admit I ate some dried dragonfruit. I was super good. The only downsize was I bought 50g but it didnt give much becuase of the weight of the tea.
The tea brews up a beautiful dark pink colour. It smells of dragonfruit and slight tart berry, but not necessarily cranberry. The tea is quite light. I thought it would end up tart with the cranberry, but it isn’t. It tasted predominately of the dragonfruit. I did have to add some rock sugar to sweeten it a little bit.
Jule, the owner of Cuppa T, recommended to try this one cold brewed, so I have a pitcher in the fridge brewing overnight.