315 Tasting Notes
I’ve had this tea for a while, but I’ve never really properly tasted it. I received it as one of the iHeartTeas rescued teas.
I know the real proper way to do chai is with a stove, but I usually don’t have time or access to a stove, so oh well, I just have to do it my own way. I decided to try this in half water, half milk. Without sugar, the spices were waaaay to strong for me (I’m a spice wimp, sorry!). Sugar really brings out the flavors here though. I’ve actually never had gingerbread cookies, so I can’t say if this tastes like them or not. Whatever it tastes like, it has a good flavor. It seems a bit more spicy than your average chai, but not overwhelmingly so with sugar.
I was very worried for how this tea would taste. In the bag and while steeping, it has a sickeningly sweet smell. I knew if it tasted like that, I wouldn’t be able to drink. Fortunately, it doesn’t taste like it smells. Unfortunately, it has a rather simple taste. This tea just seemed to have a general sweet taste to me. I would never get “toffee” from this on my own. It’s good enough if you just want something sweet, but you’ll be disappointed if you expect it to live up to the name.
Wow! I’ve only tried a few teas from Persimmon Tree, but they’ve all left very good impressions. They seem to have the flavoring of teas down to a science or something, because the flavored teas I’ve tried from them pull everything off so well. The tea flavor itself is there, mixing perfectly with whatever other flavor, neither overpowering the other.
Now on to this particular tea. I love love love the dry smell of this. It manages to make you feel like you’re actually eating coconut. It smells like real coconut, not the fake coconuty flavoring other things seem to have.
As for the taste, it seemed like the white tea itself was the main flavor, with the coconut creme accenting and adding to that. I can’t say much about the white tea, as I’m not too experienced with that, but I liked what I tasted. The coconut taste wasn’t too strong. It was just right. It added to the tea flavor and made the tea smooth and creamy tasting.
I only have a sample size, and I’m definitely buying more once this is gone.
I don’t know too much about unflavored black teas. Some day I want to have a little side by side taste test. But for now, this tea. I can’t pick out the individual flavors too well. It’s overall nice and smooth, but it didn’t stand out in any particular way. I think this would be good for me as a breakfast tea (big surprise there, eh?) when I’m not really going to be examining the flavors, but looking for something that tastes pleasant enough and has caffeine. Normally I like teas better without milk, but this one seems to benefit from the addition of just a bit.
I have a box of this saved up for special occasions when it is really needed. Well today is definitely one of them. I’m supposed to be teaching knitting classes at Michael’s, but I just found out that there haven’t been sign up sheets out since June. :( I’m also supposed to be hearing back from another job to see if I got hired, but I’m guessing I haven’t since nobody has called me. I have basically no income right now. On top of it all I’m sick and only seem to get more sick as the days go by. I think a nice soothing cup of tea is exactly what I need.
As for the tea itself, I’m not sure what more I can say that hasn’t already been said by one of the other many tasting notes here. The flavors all work wonderfully together. I do wish the mint was a bit stronger, but I’m the kind of person who can never have too much mint in her tea. This tea seems to be doing wonders for my sore throat as well. I can’t wait to stock up again this winter!
I meant to have this with something such as yogurt for breakfast. Somehow, that yogurt became one of the brownies my mom made. Oops. At least Lady Grey and brownies go well together.
I think this particular batch of tea that I have is a little weak. No matter how I brew it, this loose leaf doesn’t get as tasty as the bagged version I have. It only vaguely has that fruit loops taste. Taste variances seems to be a problem with Twinings in general. Or maybe this batch is just old. At least it IS still tasty, just slightly less so. This tea does seem to be a little more delicate then most blacks when it comes to temp and steeping time too, so I’ll play with that more.
I think my taste buds are a bit off today. While I really enjoyed this flavor, I kept getting an after taste of hotdogs. Obviously something weird is going on with me. Unless somebody is secretly putting hotdogs in my tea stash :( I also accidentally let this steep a minute longer than I had intended and I could taste some bitterness coming out, especially as it cooled. However, as I said, the tea itself was great.
I received this in one of my orders as a sample. I just knew it needed to be an iced tea to help combat this 100 degree weather. I also decided that it needed to be subjected to my first attempt at cold brewing. I have to say that my experiment was definitely a success! I’d been making my iced teas so far by brewing them hot, then icing them. This definitely brings out the subtle flavors more. As for the tea, I really like it. It’s not overpoweringly mango, the mango feels much more subtle, almost as if it’s enhancing the tea. Overall, I’m very happy with this.
I recently got a bunch of tea from Adagio using points I had saved up. I’m trying to get more into oolong so I figured trying Adagio’s couldn’t hurt. I made a cup of this and…didn’t drink it. I was preparing things to be mailed off, and cleaning. This poor cup sat on my headboard waiting for me to drink it. Now that I’ve rediscovered it, it’s a mild lukewarm temperature. This temperature definitely doesn’t seem to do this tea any justice. I’m getting a vague, general floral oolonginess. But nothing in particular. I’m assuming this tea is much tastier when made properly, so I apologize to the Wuyi Ensemble and withhold judgement