1108 Tasting Notes
Of all the 52 Teas blends, this was the one I hoped, prayed, that Frank would reblend. This is how, in my insanity that was Black Friday (NINE boxes of tea right now, NINE), I ended up cracking this one first.
This smells really… odd out of the bag. I was a bit concerned, only because it’s hard to put my finger on it. Sweet dirt, perhaps? Not a bad smell, almost like some pu-erh I guess. Just… odd.
Drinking it is okay, however I’m grasping to find much other than cheesecake (fairly prominent) and a teensy bit of peanut. I can smell chocolate after steeping, and there’s a bit of it on my tongue with mouthfeel. Sweetening it definitely gave it more punch, and more chocolate, but then I’m stretching for the cheesecake and the peanut.
I do like this, I may just need to play with it more to get the steeping directions right. Overleafed purposely (1.5 tsp/cup).
I suspect this comes from somewhere else and gets repackaged, although I have no idea where; this is where I purchased it from however.
A pretty straightforward vanilla rooibos, with a hint of something caramel in there after a few sips. I wanted more hit-me-in-the-face flavor, and it’s just okay.
Ooh, I got more the spice today out of this than last time, which makes me love it more than before. I loves me some spice, especially in my teas that (I think) are meant to get things moving! Great for cold winter mornings, or when I want things to start moving around in my sinus area.
Thanks to CelebriTEA for sending me a few samples of this!
Spicy comes through loud and clear, and something… soapy? I’m confused. Heat from pepper, spice from cardamom and cinnamon, and something.. weird. It doesn’t taste like soap, it just has the mouthfeel. I have no idea what this is, or why I’m feeling it. I like the heat though, it’s making my eyes water and there’s a tiny bite that I quite enjoy. Still, this weird mouthfeel is getting to me, and there’s zero vanilla in here.
Thank you Herbal Infusions for the free sample in my last (first) order!
I oversteeped this a huge amount – 33 minutes – because I like my mint’s strong. Perhaps that was a bit of a mistake, or maybe just right? All I know is, this is a very strong lemon rind flavor coupled with mint. Zen? Perhaps. Tasty? Definitely, if you like a lemon mint tea. A bit rind-y for me though, and likely something I’ll pass over on my next order. Still grateful to have tried it, and more than enough to share if someone else would like a taste.
When something has the word ginger in it, I want to taste the ginger. Unfortunately, I’m struggling to find the ginger in this, or anything really. Sweetened I got more pineapple and mango than anything, and zero cake or cookie. Still moderately tasty, just should be called something else (in my opinion).
I used to drink a tea like this all the time from the Tea Centre on Vancouver Island. They were the first company (many years ago) to introduce me to yogurt in my tea, and how it created a creamy tang that really added depth to some teas. Although far from a ‘purist’ perspective, I really enjoyed it.
This tea has the exact same name as that tea, and so I had to try it. The differences between the two however are immediately noticed; this has cornflowers (I think) in it, and it smells little of anything other than rooibos to me.
Steeped, it’s okay. I don’t get much apple or cinnamon other than lightly with both, however some Truvia did sweeten them up and bring them out nicely. An okay tea, probably one I’ll not re-order though in the future.
Decided to steep this up as I packaged some up for a swap with Sil. I should try it first before sending it out, right? :)
This smells strongly of mango, and tastes only moderately so when it’s straight. Add some sweetener though, and holy moly mango! By far the most authentic and strongest flavored mango tea I’ve had to date. Got a bit bitter at the end, almost like a black tea, yet this is most definitely a rooibos. Maybe it’s late/early, or maybe I’m just tired. Still, getting some tartness at the end bottom of the cup.