48 Tasting Notes
Based on the description, I really wanted to like this one. And yet, I found it totally underwhelming, even a bit off-putting when I smelled it in the store. Anyway, I got a sample with my order, so I figured I should give it a go.
And meh. There really is a strong orange/citrus presence to this one. I don’t know what mulberries taste like (But their leaves are lovely – thanks Mulberry Magic!), but I’m pretty sure they didn’t make or break this tea. I mostly taste citrus with a spice background, and a hint of caramel. Like if I really think about it, I can taste caramel maybe.
So yeah. Not so much on this one.
Yum. So much yum.
And I’m a bit surprised to be saying that, actually.
I smelled this one in store and didn’t care for it much at all. I passed it right by on my way to some other favourites instead.
But when I received a sample in my order the other day, I figured I should give it a go. And hurray that I did!
The aroma of this is very apple-y when brewed, smells almost like hot apple cider, which I think is lovely. Just the right amount of spice, and the green tea does add a dimensionality here as well.
The taste is tart apple with a nice natural sweetness. The tea isn’t lost in all the fruit, and there’s a good balance. I think I’m going to get along very nicely with this little number for the next couple of months!
Well, I love Genmaicha, so I suppose it wasn’t too much of a leap…
And what a joyous leap it was! I have fallen deeply in love with this tea.
The smell is delightful – just like caramel corn. Brewed up, the apple and maple flavours really come forward. It is definitely sweet, but there is a nice tartness from the apples that balances it out. My only wish is that the green tea flavour was a bit more prominent. As it is, I like to steep it on the longish side to get just a hint of bitterness from the tea – I think it offsets the sweetness a bit.
I like it with just a drop of agave as a dessert. Or plain and naked during the day. Or yes, smuggled into the movie theatre.
A definite favourite.
I wasn’t expecting to like this one much, having had bad experiences with mate in the past, but it’s so popular, and the description sounds so yummy, and I’m rather fond of spicy teas… so, I bought some to taste.
And it’s good! I get a lot of cloves from it, some cinnamon, and a little sweetness from the chocolate. I like the roasty, earthy flavour (is that the mate? The coffee? Or the “other roasted barks”?), and it has a surprisingly full body.
I drank about half of the cup unsweetened, and then added a bit of agave to see what that did. I like it both ways, but would definitely want the sweetener if I were replacing a morning coffee. There’s just something about warm and sweet that does it for me first thing in the morning.
Glad I took a chance on this one!
I love the smell of this tea. LOVE IT!
But, I’ve always found myself wanting more from it. It’s a bit underwhelming in the cup, honestly. It feels a bit thin, and when/ if I add milk, it becomes almost watery. And this is even after steeping it for a long time. Like 10mins long. I’ve varied the steep time all over the map and have found the same every time.
I decided that after several cups didn’t live up to the glorious smell, I would start messing around a bit. I crushed up two cinnamon sticks, and added them to my remaining 25g. If I thought it smelled great before, this was pure heaven! I am a fan of spicy teas, and adding a bit of cinnamon kick to this one enhanced the scent of the chocolate, and brought out the heat from the chillies. Brewed, it had more body, and didn’t fade away when I added milk. Seriously delicious.
So, I still feel “meh” about the tea itself, but with a little home improvement, it has become one of my favourite dessert teas.