34 Tasting Notes
I can’t believe it; a tea with hibiscus in it that doesn’t make me scream, clutch at my throat, and drop to the floor in death throes. Again, picked up by accident (note to self: read the box more thoroughly), but in this case a happy one.
I was enticed by the idea of a blueberry and cream-flavored tea, so I purchased this. I guess the blueberry and cream flavors cut into the hibiscus and made it bearable, or this flavor just doesn’t have that much. I smell it more than taste it, though there is a slight suggestion of it at the beginning of the sip. It doesn’t taste overwhelmingly of blueberry either, but it’s creamy and sweet. Not bad at all.
I’ve never tasted anything barberry-flavored before, but hey, normally if it’s berry anything I’m down for it.
I didn’t realize when I bought it that it had the devil weed, hibiscus, in the blend. I hate hibiscus; I find its flavor obnoxiously strong and its presence in so many teas proof that some cosmic entity out there hates me. But I’d already spent money on it and opened the package, so I figured I’d give it a shot. The dry blend smelled nice, so I had some hopes for it. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. I brewed some up, took a sip, and…
‘HI ORPHIA I’M HIBISCUS. :D :D :D’ Yep. There it is, overshadowing the much more pleasant fruity taste in the background that I assume is the barberry. A shame, because I like the berry taste, but it’s hard to get over the pushy hibiscus, as usual. The berry flavor makes the hibiscus tolerable, but only barely. I finished the cup, at least.
Maybe it’ll be better iced, I don’t know. Whatever the case, I doubt I’ll be buying this again.
As far as pumpkin spice teas go, this is more pumpkin than spice. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any spices in the mix; no pieces of cinnamon, no cloves, nothing like that. It doesn’t smell particularly spicy either. Just the faintest whiff of them under pumpkin.
The spice comes out in the taste, but like others have said, it’s subtle. It’s got a definite pumpkiny flavor though. Not bad for the fall at all, and probably nice mixed with a little chai.
I’ve had some chocolate teas that were really chocolatey. This isn’t one of them. It doesn’t even really have a chocolate scent; it’s more buttery than anything.
For a bagged dessert tea, it’s actually pretty tasty. While I don’t get any chocolate, I do get a butterscotch flavor that plays nice with the black tea base. Maybe I’ll experiment later and see if milk coaxes out any chocolate flavor. In the meantime, I’m just going to say that this is really more of a toffee-flavored tea as opposed to chocolate toffee.
EDIT: For the love of all things good in this world, don’t add milk to this. Just don’t. Sugar yes, milk no.
Like several other people here I’m a Sagittarius, so I had to snag this for myself. The tea tastes like Earl Grey Moonlight with raspberry instead of orange peels. I think I prefer this to EGM, actually.
Also the tin’s purple. Not that it had anything to do with the rating; purple’s just my favorite color, along with black and red. Also it’s a black tea with red flowers. Happy day!
I’d suggest not going any longer than four minutes on the steep; I usually go for five with black teas, but when I did it had taken on a nasty bitter taste. Four was just right.
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First off, this isn’t a real milk oolong. Milk oolong isn’t supposed to have milk or any other flavorings added to it. It’s a fake.
Secondly, it’s not even that good. A friend gave me a cup and I was polite enough to drink it, but the fake milky flavor was honestly pretty gross. It’s a sub-par tea at best, and certainly not worth the price.
This was a bit of an impulse buy, since the idea of a S’mores-flavored tea was something that piqued my curiosity. The dry mix smells more like a chocolate breakfast cereal to me than a s’more. Then again, a lot of chocolate-based teas do.
Flavor-wise, it’s more like a weak hot chocolate than anything. It’s alright, but not something that’d make me immediately think of s’mores. There is, however, a faint taste there that I don’t like. Plasticy? Burnt? I don’t know, but it distracts a bit from the marshmallow and chocolate. Milk made it taste like the milk from a bowl of chocolate cereal, only warm.
I don’t think I’ll try resteeping. I doubt that after all the melty bits have dissolved it’ll really turn out well. Probably won’t restock it as it didn’t really impress me.
I’ve been looking for an apple-flavored black tea ever since Adagio discontinued theirs. That’s harder than it sounds, since there are so many apple cinnamon teas and very few that are just apple.
This makes for a decent substitute. While it’s bland when hot, after it’s cooled a little it’s good and strong and appley. Planning on trying it iced next.