45 Tasting Notes
This is a pleasant tea, but, as others have said, it’s not what it thinks it is. I get a nice caramel taste, although not very strong, but I really have to stretch my imagination to get anything close to either cheesecake or cherry, either in aroma or taste. Still, I’m enjoying drinking it. (Thanks, Starfevre.)
I added sugar and skim milk.
I haven’t had too many green teas, and this is my first Sencha tea. I really like both cardamom and peach, and so was looking forward to trying this sample. (Thanks to Starfevre.) The smell of the dry leaves in the package is divine.
The steeped tea is really nice — I can pick up mainly peach (a really good, sweet-tart-fruit taste), against a background of wonderfully complex… again, words fail me. I don’t know what Sencha alone tastes like, so maybe it’s mainly that — green and herby and a slight whiff of cardamom. I think I get the cardamom mainly in the aftertaste — something mildly aromatic — along with the aftertaste of peach. Yumm!
I first tasted it with added sugar. There’s a bit of astringency which I didn’t like and I tried to quell it with some warm skim milk, but I’m not sure that was a good idea. Maybe next time I’ll try steeping at 170, and add sugar but no milk. Although as I’m reaching the bottom of the big 16oz mug, and as it cools a bit, I like it better and better. Yum!
Used 2-1/4 tsp for 16oz mug. Steeped at 177F for 2 min 15 sec. Added sugar and skim milk.
I really like this! The sample package says that it’s Assam tea. This is my 2nd Assam. The first one was a revelation (‘Awesome’ Assam Banaspaty, by Yokotea), as it opened my senses to enjoying black tea.
This Ginger Peach Assam is just as good, perhaps more interesting because of the added flavouring. Lovely mild peach scent/taste, not overpowering, and that really good flavour that I can’t name or put my finger on, and presume is the black tea itself. Maybe “malty” says it. (I can’t really taste the ginger, but I don’t care because the tea is great.)
I added a little sugar and skim milk.
I’m glad to have an ample sample (ha!) packet, and thanks Starfevre for bringing Assam tea into my life.
A pleasant, lemony tea. The dry leaves in the packet smelled fabulously of citrus. When it was steeped, I was a little surprised that I couldn’t really detect much of the other ingredients, except for lemon. And I couldn’t find the bite from the pepper. Maybe it was all there, but too subtle for me. It was a nice tea, though, and I was glad to try it. (Thanks, Starfevre.) Maybe I’ll keep sticking my nose in the bag and inhaling.
I tasted it with a bit of sugar, and it seemed a little flat, so then I added some lemon juice and more sugar, and it was better.
I love raspberries, and this is a really nice raspberry black tea. The taste in the cup isn’t as strong or punchy as the smell of raspberry in the dry leaves, but it’s still a nice gentle raspberry against the black tea background. I would have liked the raspberry to be stronger, which seems strange to me, since other folks here seem to be tasting it more than I can. Sigh. :-\
The black tea base was pleasantly not-bitter. I have trouble detecting “cream” flavouring in anything, it seems, so I’m not sure about how people taste that – maybe it comes across as a sort of mellowness. Anyway, overall it was a good mug of tea. Thanks to Starfevre for this!
I added sugar and skim milk.
It’s strange, in an interesting way — I got a nice little Persimmon Tree sample package (thanks much, Starfevre!) labelled “Vanilla Berry Truffle”, but the tea inside is actually this one, “Mint Chocolate Chip”.
I’m certain of that, because it has none of the ingredients of the former (no white chocolate, no black currants, no hibiscus) — but it does smell of mint, it has big chunks of dark chocolate. And, as a few people here have noticed, it also has those pieces of apple which aren’t listed in the ingredients (at least not here on this page, I mean, and I don’t have the correct package to refer to).
(P.S. just updated the ingredients, from Persimmon Tree website)
Anyhow… that’s all good, because I’m pretty sure I’d prefer the Mint Choocolate Chip Rooibos, to the other one. (White chocolate isn’t something I’d reach for.)
So, the tea. I really like it. It’s nice and smooth, the mint is not too strong, the apple adds a nice hint of fruit. But I wish it tasted more of chocolate. Although I steeped it for 9 minutes in boiling water, a lot of the chocolate pieces didn’t melt. I think it would be perfect with some added chocolate syrup.
I added sugar and a little skim milk.
(Oops, I wonder why it says steep at 200F for 3-5 mins? I guess I overdid it. :-)
I have enough for another cup, so I’ll try it again the “right” way.)
Finally, a tea that has just about enough chocolate flavour! ;-)
I could smell the chocolate and vanilla a little more than I could taste it, and I, too, found a kind of bitter aftertaste, and also something a little odd about the chocolate, maybe. But still, it was a nice flavoured tea.
I’m still finding my way with black teas, and I’m not familiar wtih Yunnan, so maybe it had to do with the flavour of Yunnan. I liked the chocolate curls, and I didn’t mind the murkiness they made in the tea.
I steeped this at 195F for 2.75 minutes, and added sugar and skim milk.
A pleasant tea. The dry leaves had a lovely strong strawberry-and-something-else smell, but when steeped, I couldn’t really get a whole lot of flavour – a titch of strawberry and a pleasant sweet dessertyness. Thanks to Starfevre for this one.
I steeped it as per instructions, 185F at 3 minutes, a tiny bit more than 1 tsp per 8 oz. Next time, I’ll try it at 175 for 2 minutes, and see if the flavour is stronger.
I added sugar and skim milk.