4 Tasting Notes
This tea smells great, very fruity and sweet, and because I read so many wonderful things about goji berries I decided to try it. The fruit flavour is not overpowering and the initial flavour is actually quite nice in my opinion. However, this tea seems to have a very long and bitter aftertaste that makes my mouth feel dry and unpleasant, much like most bagged tea tastes to me now. Maybe the batch of this tea I got was just not of the greatest quality, but I never really managed to brew a great cup of this tea and since I’m on my last teaspoon of it I probably never will.
I bought this tea mainly because the smell of it was very familiar. Later I realized that the smell reminded me of a type of cookie I used to eat in Holland, a “bitterkoekje” to be precise, much like the Italian amaretto cookie, but better. Now, every time I have a cup of this tea, or simply get a whiff of it, I crave these cookies.
The smell is a very good indication of the flavour, meaning you can really taste the almond-ness of it. There’s also a hint of cherry, which is a nice touch I find. Maybe it’s because this tea bring back fond memories of my childhood, but I really enjoy drinking it and as of now have only about one teaspoon remaining.
This is the only honeybush tea I’ve ever had, but if it is any indication of what this type of tea is typically like I should really try some more.
This tea, to me, has a very well balanced flavour. It’s more sweet than most of my other teas and very fruity with a lot of subtle flavours. You can really taste the orange peel. If I had to throw some words at it I’d pick things such as “round”, “smooth” and “mellow”. It’s just a great relaxing tea and, since it has no caffeine, I like to drink it before I go to sleep (like tonight).
Further, it’s got a very pleasant aroma, and if I were to rate it based on smell alone it would rank highly amongst my other teas. I also think this would be great iced and will likely try it as such sometime this summer.
One of my first loose leaf tea’s was pomegranate green from Teaopia and loved it. I ordered this tea, among others, hoping it would be like pomegranate green, unfortunately it wasn’t really. Even though they smell similar, this tea is a lot more bitter, even when steeped at a cooler temperature and shorter period (it does say it’s sweetly tart in the description so maybe my expectation was just off). It’s not that I dislike this tea, it’s still simple and pleasant enough for me to drink on a daily basis, but will refill my container with pomegranate green.