69 Tasting Notes
This…isn’t pleasant. I’m a big fan of Zen Tea but not of lavender. It doesn’t do anything for me – the same can be said for Jasmine. I’ve had worse, but this isn’t my thing. The rooibos has a nice sweetness and this tea is a dark color. Smooth flavor, tad of sweetness, the floral isn’t overpowering but layers.
Flavors: Lavender, Rooibos
Not for me. I’m not a straight vanilla in tea fan anyway so I had doubts I’d like this. It’s not the worst thing but not something I can keep drinking or will drink again.
The smell is slightly artificial but kind of pleasant. The taste is…well, not good for me since I don’t like vanilla teas. People who do like a Vanilla extract taste in their tea (which is what this seems like to me) should dig it.
It’s like blending a pleasant Roobios with a ¼ tsp. of Vanilla Extract.
Not my cup of tea.
Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla
This tea is from my local tea shop. I haven’t been impressed with everything I’ve tried from there, but love the place – so cute and cozy. They are moving right now to a bigger location.
This pumpkin rooibos has pumkin seeds and flecks of all kinds of goodies. This is the first Roobios I have tried – I was hesitant to try it because the smell of Roobios kind of repels me. I am surprised – it’s very good. And actually is very sweet without any flavorings having to be added.
For this one, the taste is more of a pumpkin spice out of a can rather than the fruit pumpkin or anything like pumpkin pie. Have the cinnamon dabbled in there for sure, can taste it richer the more I sip. I can almost picture a dab of whipped cream on top.
It works – and works well. There’s something else it reminds me of, but I just can’t place it.
Thankfully I have more of this left. I also have their carrot cake roobios to try.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Rooibos
I was so curious about The Black Lotus. Even the name is awesome. The reviews are great. It arrived here fast – loving the design of the bag. So sad Butiki is closing right when I am discovering them.
I brewed this twice – the first time I must have done it too hot a steep and too little as it wasn’t quite strong enough. I resteeped at a cooler temperature, added in some more leaves, and more of the flavor came out.
Both steeps had flavor and were pleasant. I agree with some of the reviewers who said it is more of an afternoon treat tea. It has the blends of a morning breakfast but typically I see breakfast blends as more robust. This is creamier and smoother, and perfect for an early evening on the porch or an afternoon pick-up.
There are a lot of flavors described in this mix – what I taste, with my weak buds, is an earthy, smooth black tea with a bit of mushroom. Very nice. The mushroom shouldn’t turn off anyone who doesn’t like mushrooms either, it’s just pleasant, earthy, hard to describe. Even the coating of my mouth and tongue seem to feel smoother after frequent sips.
There is absolutely no bitterness or astringency – thankfully. I steeped it a long time the second time (forgot about it for a second) and still no bitterness. A great quality tea that really tastes great quality.
When I think of breakfast blends, I think of waking up – with this blend, I think of relaxing and mentally stimulating at the same time.
I love Teaguys website, colorful teas, names, and pricing. I have four samples to try, and this is the first one I dug into.
The smell of this one is strong in the package – delicious. Smells good brewing as well. Big chunks of almonds -
It’s called Toasted Almond Cookie, but it tastes like an Oatmeal cookie to me. Very smooth, no bitterness at all. I steeped as 1 tsp, but not 1.5 as recommended (didn’t read directions). Next taste test I’ll do 1.5 tsp. and get more flavor.
It’s a rather light tea, but I wouldn’t want real strong flavors of these combos, so that works fine for me. My taste buds picks up some of the cinnamon but I have trouble finding the coconut. Maybe it blends in and is what is making the oatmeal cookie taste? Not tasting a strong almond makes sense since they flavor is almost impossible to come across strong unless you use artificial stuff, and that’s just cloying.
Overall a nice, unique dessert tea that’s good with sweets. I sprinkled on some cinnamon-sugar to sweeten it further. It has a natural sweetness of its own from the cinnamon and flavouring.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Oats
Got this generous, yummy smelling sample from Tealated today.
Since Christmas is over and I’m about to put away the holiday stuff, decided to use a cheap but cute teaset from my mom a few years back that’s Christmas themed:
This chai smells amazing – strong, spicy, flavory.
I steeped for 10 minutes with almost two 2 tsp. in the small teapot.
Drank one cup with sugar, one cup without. I have a sugar-chai connection, think it enhances. The cup without was the second cup and was just as good.
The first sip I tasted a little of the clove…it’s a pet peeve of mine if clove is too dominant in chai blends. This wasn’t, but the clove was there, and my tongue almost started feeling a little numb after a while of ungracefully gulping.
I didn’t taste ginger, although that’s in there and I was curious about it. It must be very subtle.
An excellent chai, very relaxing and cozy.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove
I remember once having a boxed set of tea as a teenager which was a black tea and lemon blend. I loved this set and devoured it – I was never able to find or duplicate it again. I couldn’t remember the company of blend- although, seriously, grocery stores don’t have that much variety so never solved that little mystery.
Anyway, I’m gungo-ho to try lemon blends because of that nice box experience. It can be so hit or so miss. There’s different lemon flavors, applications of it, and sometimes it works alone…sometimes it just doesn’t.
This one isn’t exactly bad, but it has an unpleasant bitterness I don’t understand. It’s not supposed to be a strong tea, a breakfast tea, or a brisk tea – lemon tea should be pleasant and bitter free. I did do a healthy teaspoon of brew, but this is my staple spoon and staple size with my staple cup – bitterness is rarely a problem due to user effort.
There’s a citrus bitterness/astringency but it’s not wholly lemon. I would guess, if trying blind, this was a blood orange black tea. There isn’t sunny, tartness, or freshness.
Not nauseating, but not something I drool over.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Orange Zest