569 Tasting Notes
This is not a tea I would normally have purchased. I picked it up for the Secret Pumpkin exchange. Stepping outside the box!!
This one smells like a chai to me. Reminds me of Christmas spices, lots of cinnamon smell.
The tea tastes quite good. It is reminded me of pumpkin oatmeal cookies that my mom makes. Its essentially an oatmeal cookie with pumpkin paste mixed in. They are super soft and delicious. Pumpkin is not necessarily my favorite in pie form, but cookie form – delicious. There are definitely pumpkin pie spices. I taste cinnamon, maybe nutmeg.
I think the liquor could have been thicker, so next time I will have to try using more tea. I used 1 tsp for this cup. I think some creamer or milk may have helped bring out the dessert taste in this.
Overall not bad. I was worried that there was hibiscus in the ingredients but I can’t even tell its in there.
This was a free sample from Teavivre with my last order.
I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. I have tried the Dian Hong before and liked it. I was a little suspicious of rose because other rose teas I have had have been very perfumey.
Upon opening the package there are pretty little light pink rose buds mixed in with the Dian Hong. It smells pleasantly like natural rose buds (I have many rose bushes in my garden and I love the smelle of the blooming rose buds in the early summer!). It is not perfumey rose like the perfume my grandma used to wear.
I only brewed for one minute because I still had the fear that the rose would be too strong. It tastes delicious and delicate. I get the taste of the Dian Hong tea, it is smooth but moderately bold, slightly earthy, slightly malty. It is perfectly balanced with the slightest rose flavour, slightly floral but not too much and certainly not perfumey. The rose really lightens the black tea. This would be a perfect afternoon tea or a tea when you are just winding down. I think this one would have been just fine had I brewed for my usual 2 minutes.
I quite like this one.
I am trying to clear out some of my old teas. Which include a lot of bagged teas. This one is at minimum 10+ years old. I am pretty sure I bought this when North America jumped on the “Red Tea” wagon and tea companies like Tetley started coming out with bagged rooibos teas.
I never really got into rooibos tea. Some blends are ok. Most of the bagged ones are neither here nor there for me. This one still smells like strong medicinal rooibos and vanilla. As soon as the water hit the bag I got a strong sweet vanilla smell. I would say the sweetness was the pear, but I would not have called it pear if I hadn’t read the back of the canister.
The tea tastes like a not too bad creamy rooibos. There is a bit of a metallic after taste. I am actually tasting more pear than vanilla, but the vanilla is there in the background and is actually quite strong in the aftertaste.
Overall I would describe it as suitable for a bagged rooibos. There was only one tea bag left in the canister that was taking up space in my tea cupboard. Now I can buy more to fill up that space :P
Well King Tut Lemonade, I am sorry, but move on over. Because this lemonade tea is ridiculously awesome.
I had it hot a while ago and it tastes like awesome hot lemonade. So I figured it would be awesomer as a cold brew. Brewed this for about 11 hours. It is definitely sweet lemonade. Slightly tart but just enough that it is still lemonade. It is sweet enough on its own so no sweetener needs to be added. Very juicy. Mmmmm. Delicious.
I think it will be a bit better iced, but I was too lazy so just cold brewed.
I got my flu shot today and have been crying about my sore arm, this tea is making it all better.
This one is totally hitting the spot.
I have been having one of those days where I am kind of hungry and keep eating but nothing is satisfying me. I have mostly been eating the Halloween Candy in the house that doesn’t seem like it is going to make it to Halloween :)
I started craving soup, but homemade soup. I neither have the ingredients nor the patience to make a big pot of homemade soup right now. So after drinking a few other teas, I settled on this one. It is savory, the slightest bit salty. It is full bodied and thick. There is a taste of sweet, ripe and savory tomatoes but it is not overpowering. More like tomato flakes not tomato paste. I feel like I am in Willy Wonka’s factory and I am having a piece of chewing gum that is really a 4 course meal!! I am hoping I don’t end up as a blueberry.
I accidentally slept in this morning. I say accidentally because it is Sunday, and by sleeping in today, I won’t be able to go to sleep at a decent time tonight, so I will be tired for work tomorrow. Woe is me, ha, ha.
I needed something to get me moving. So I pulled this one out of the cupboard. It smells of a strong yet somewhat sweet black tea blend. The tea tastes full bodied, it is slightly malty. There is a slight natural sweetness from the black teas. It is very smooth. I anticipated a bit if astringency but there was none. Wow! I am impressed. It is making my stomach a bit raw because I haven’t eaten anything yet, but I am starting to feel a bit more human now.
Made this one as a cold brew. There is just wwaaaaaaaaayyyy too much hibiscus in this blend for me. When I picked out most of the hibiscus and brewed it hot, it was actually pretty good. But I don’t have the patience to be sorting through the tea today. So I made this as a cold brew. For the most part I do not like hibiscus in a cold brew. So I only brewed this for about 4 hours. I was a bit worried but the colour was bright ruby red. But it actually tastes not too bad. I think I took it out in time. It is just on the verge of being too bitter. There is a good balance between the sweet peach and the tart hibiscus. I did add a tsp of white sugar for my cup to balance out the tartness a bit. Very juice-like. Reminds me of raspberry juice. Definitely can drink the rest of the tea this way.
So for some reason, I completely assumed this was a white tea. From the time I purchased it, until I received it, and even as it sat in my cupboard for a few months. So this afternoon, after drinking copious amounts of black tea and matcha, I thought a lighter white tea would be nice as it is getting into later afternoon.
So I opened this up and looked at it and thought, this is the weirdest white tea leaf I have ever seen. Then I sniffed it and it was the weirdest smelling white tea I have ever smelled. I though this must be the wrong tea. It kind of looks like guyasa or mate. I checked the label, it said tangerine creamsicle. So I came over to the computer to email Stacy from Butiki to ask if maybe the wrong tea was sent and it dawned on me that the problem was not the tea, it was me. Ha ha. One of those days.
This tea smells very vegetal and earthy. There is a citrus and orange rind smell. At the beginning of the sip, it is earthy and full bodied. By mid sip, there is a quick taste of an orange creamsicle – like the outer orange popsicle part of a real creamsicle. By the end of the sip it is very dark green vegetal to me. In the aftertaste I definitely get a very specific tangerine citrus taste. After cooling for a few minutes, it definitely starts to taste very creamy. After adding a small piece of brown rock sugar, the flavour meld together a bit more. It is much less vegetal and much more citrus rind taste.
Amazing blend! Glad I was actually able to figure this tea out :)
So I am at the point in my tea life where if I don’t like the tea, I am not going to force myself to drink it, or keep it in the cupboard forever in case I decide someday I am going to like it. So I would rather just give it away, or throw it away, or get rid of it somehow.
I tried mixing this one with French Vanilla flavoured matcha and regular matcha. Mixing it helped to blunt the chemical/perfume/soap taste of the matcha, but still not enough for me to enjoy drinking it. I think the matcha itself is good but there is just too much flavouring in it, so it is giving it that chemical taste. I think from reading other reviews, it would have been better with a more delicate flavouring.
So this is on the take away thread if anyone is interested in trying this (after reading my rave reviews of it and all – haha). :P
I love bergamot. So naturally this one was a must try for me. On first opening the package though, I was a bit disappointed. There is a very strong bergamot smell but it also very much reminds me of soap. Dinosara stated in her tasting note this one reminds her of cleaning solution and I would agree.
I ordered this one robust flavour, basic grade. I decided to first try as a hot latte. Mixed 1 tsp matcha in about 8 oz milk. There is definitely an Earl Grey taste but there is also that chemical taste that I have gotten with some of Red Leaf’s other flavours. It is not undrinkable but not as delicious as I had hoped. It is leaving a perfume type aftertaste in my mouth. It seems the matcha is having some kind of reaction with the milk, the milk is fizzing and frothing in my cup, similar to dish soap. This is weird. I am thinking I should have gotten a less level of flavour instead of robust. The hazard of buying before trying.
I am going to try mixing this one with other matchas and see what happens, if not I guess its going onto the take away thread.