1165 Tasting Notes
A sample from MissB. Thank you. :)
So first. Ingredients.
South African rooibos, rosehip shells, black currants, rose leaves, lavender, red currants, blueberries, natural flavouring*.
South African rooibos, blueberries, rosehips, rose petals, rose leaves, lavender, raisins, black currants, red currants, artificial blueberry flavouring.
DavidsTea! You need to do better. Which one should I believe? Are there blueberries in there? Rose petals? I have no idea! Thankfully I’m not allergic to anything in either of the ingredient lists, but it doesn’t make me feel like I could trust either of them. I could serve it to a friend and find out about surprise!raspberries, or surprise!strawberries… and honestly it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Because this keeps on happening.
Anyways. The tea smells amazing. Yes, like Blueberry Jam or Blue Lagoon. I guess the same blueberry flavour is used in all of them. But since this one is a rooibos, it is a bit woody. Maybe it’s a tiny bit floral, on the end of the sip. IDK. It’s hard to tell, what with all the blueberry.
This is another rooibos I like that isn’t a dessert flavour. Nice and fruity. But would I have room in my cupboard for both Northern Berry from Zen Tea, and this one? Probably not. And I’d probably go with Northern Berry because it has cranberries in it. Mmm, cranberries.
(Sample pack in 16 oz. 1/4 tsp honey.)
This is very tasty this “morning”.
I slept through my alarm, and am still exhausted. Pain takes a lot of energy to deal with!
So now I’m off to the clinic to see my x-ray results, then to work for a few hours to hopefully manage the next step in an experiment. Not too sure about that, due to the sore, but I’ll see. If not, I have paperwork to do and I can do the next step tomorrow.
(1 tea bag for 12 oz, 1/8 tsp sugar, almond milk)
WAY better as a cold brew, wow.
6 cups water, the leftover leaves from hot brewing, the other 7g of leaves, overnight (about 18 hours).
The base is nice and mild, although the tea is a little drying, and I like the smell/resultant flavour better.
This is the way to do it. Probably still only 1/2 packet at a time though, as 8 cups is a lot of one tea.
This is a terrible description, but also really accurate. It’s like Murphy’s Oil. Woody, lemony, orangey. Not really rooibosy, but woody.
I really like it with a little honey. Really really. Definitely something to consider picking up when I finally make it to a Tea Desire.
(It’s taken me 20 minutes to write this and I totally forgot to thank MissB for the sample! Thank you. :) )
(1.5 tsp/14 oz)
Ok, ok, I lied. I’ll have a white or green tea tonight. This one is from VariaTEA. :)
Basically it was an “Anything that smells amazing!” choice. As long as “anything” wasn’t a black or oolong.
So this. Dry, it smells like fruit candy. Mmm.
Steeped (for 5 mintues!!), it smells like fruity candy plus tea.
This is really good! I don’t specifically get rhubarb and pineapple, but I do get tea and fruit and sweet-with-a-little-tart. Really nice balance. I wonder how this is iced, or cold steeped. Hmm…
(2-2.5 tsp per 14 oz)
I have Dexter3657 to… thank for this. ;)
I decided to brew it up now because 1) I’m feeling awful and will be sticking with non-caffeinated teas tonight and 2) I am starting a soup with bacon (it will have loads of veg and homemade chicken stock). Bacon goes with bacon, right?
Umm, wrong. Oh, the smell of the tea is not making me happy. It’s making me extremely apprehensive. The smell of the bacon on the stove, however, is making me look forward to my soup.
So I tried the tea hot, and I tried the tea cooled somewhat. It smelled bacon-ish, but tasted like woody dirty sour socks.
It might just be me today – I have another cup worth that I’m debating on trying in the future, or maybe giving away to someone.
(1.5 tsp/12 oz)
This sample is from MissB. Not the latest batch, but the batch before!
I quite like this one. Caramel and spices. Mmm. I took it to work with a little brown sugar, and I’m doing a second steep now in almond milk on the stove, to which I will also add brown sugar.
So yeah, I’d consider getting this tea again. In the distant future. Once the trouble with
tribbles samples has been taken care of a bit. :)
Another sample from Dinosara!
I don’t know that I’d exactly call it chestnut, but it is definitely nutty and delicious!
Really! It’s SO good. Reminiscent of chestnuts roasting outside on a cold day, really.
I’m having it with a little sugar and almond milk because I don’t want to be getting ready for work right now. So tired. So sore. And first up I have a 2 hour meeting of sitting in uncomfortable chairs, which… no. Maybe I’ll sit on the floor.
Anyways. This tea. Delicious. But if you’re completely and totally anti-smoke, don’t try it. It is roasting chestnuts, and all that entails.
It’s going on my wishlist too. :)
(1.5 tsp/12 oz)
When I opened the package, I was almost overwhelmed with the smell of rum. That’s pretty much all I got from the tea. (Edit: Apparently it’s bourbon and brandy flavours. Well. Booze then. It smells like booze.)
So I decided to mix it with a little marshmallow leaf. And it’s really good this way, although I don’t notice any cinnamon or nutmeg flavours at all. Just
rum booze, sweet marshmallow leaf, honeybush.
I think this will need to marinate a bit longer to reach full potential. Either that, or I need to shake up my package better.
(1.5 tsp honeybush, 1/2 tsp marshmallow leaf)
I’ve also mixed up some of the honeybush and marshmallow leaf in a small tin, as an experiment. Same ratio. :)