30 Tasting Notes
Bog standard black tea, a touch of green added. Tastes faintly of jasmine, but the bergamot is undetectable. Not pleased with this one, which is a shame. The concept is thrilling, but the execution lacking.
Flavors: Almond, Jasmine
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While not the highest quality green tea underneath the added flavours, this definitely tastes of lime. It begins on the palate as a burst of vegetal flavours that aren’t exactly pleasant, highly reminiscent of the smell of freshly cut weeds in a garden. After a time, however, and continued sipping, it really begins to taste strongly of freshly squeezed limes and lime rind, especially on the rear of the palate. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, which I suppose invokes the aspect of this being Lime Gelato, rather than just limes.
Not one I’d buy, personally, though I /do/ love citrus. If the tea itself was of higher quality and/or character, this would definitely be standard faire in my household. Being a lime-flavoured run-of-the-mill green, it isn’t quite worth owning in my opinion. Definitely worth a try though.
Flavors: Bamboo, Cut grass, Green Melons, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime
While flavoured teas aren’t usually my thing, I’ve always had a soft spot for Earl Greys. In this case we’ve got a bog standard Earl Grey, albeit with vanilla overtones. It tastes very sweet, although there seems to be no added sweetener. If you sip and drink it slowly, it’s like swallowing molten vanilla ice cream. When drank quickly it tastes mostly of quality black tea with a touch of bergamot and vanilla extract.
The quality of the tea underneath these added flavours is quite high, I really do enjoy the tea itself, and the bergamot isn’t too powerful. The vanilla seems a tad over the top to me, but I did enjoy this cuppa nonetheless.
I wouldn’t buy a box of this to keep at home as I don’t see it as a tea I’d come to crave. That said, if I saw it available in a cafe I’d drink it every so often. I’ll probably grab a cup to drink next time I make a journey to DAVIDsTEA to buy some other teas to try.
Flavors: Anise, Caramel, Orange Zest, Vanilla
Black tea with oranges and who knows what else, the can says it’s got a vodka-like aroma and notes of orange and grapefruit, and they’re really not wrong. Described by a family member as the “Screwdriver” of teas, as it smells just like the popular mixed drink.
Once it’s brewed, however, the story changes. I tried it at 6 minutes (two above the encouraged 4 minute steep time) and it’s still a tad weak for my tastes. Tastes like standard black tea at first, but the finish is all oranges all the time. It’s like drinking warm orange juice, but with a tea twist. A great accompaniment to breakfast. I enjoyed this one, but need to let it steep a little longer next time.
Almonds, vanilla and spices. Does what it says on the tin, but the tea manages to overpower the added flavours, and also taste somehow weak. It does not evoke a sense or the spirit of Christmas to me, so I think I prefer the French name. I swear I taste rooibos in this.