3 Tasting Notes
Very difficult and unforgiving to brew. I tried this tea 3 times according to the instructions, and it always ended up BITTER. So I decided to use 165 degree water, and 1 minute (instead of 175 degrees, for 2 minutes). It turns out a bit better, and it’s drinkable, but I only drink it for the caffeine.
I wouldn’t say that it’s the worst tea I’ve ever had, but I won’t buy it again and I can’t really recommend it.
I absolutely love Thai Iced Tea from Thai food places. I would say that this isn’t like any of the Thai iced tea I’ve ever gotten, but that’s not a bad thing at all. This stuff is seriously amazing— even my non-tea-drinking friends love this stuff.
It has a very distinct spicy, nutty flavor that does make an excellent iced tea, but this stuff really shines HOT, and with sweetened condensed milk.
I also steep this twice, despite suggestions saying not to. The second steep is a VERY different flavor, but it’s amazing in different ways— the pineapple really shines through on the second steep while the anise and the nutty flavors take a back seat.
This tea has a much stronger smell than taste, which I’m fine with because the aroma is INTENSE! As other reviewers said, it smells like cake! The flavor is a little more difficult to pin down, but it’s creamy, fruity and a bit floral. It’s VERY sweet on its own, and doesn’t need any additional sweeteners (and I usually add a bit of sweetener to everything!).
Since the flavor is fairly subtle, it mixes well with more fruity teas. I tried it with a strawberry-flavored mix in the store, and it was lovely. I can imagine it would work really well with pineapple, too.
I’d recommend this tea, but for me, it’s not an everyday tea. It’s more of a late night/dessert tea that I would have every once in a while.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Flowers