37 Tasting Notes
I got this tea as part of a “Tea of the Month” sample pack from my sister for Christmas, and decided to finally try it. Although this tea smells amazing I’ve been putting off trying it because of the reviews I’ve read being predominately negative.
Since its winter and I don’t particularly feel like iced tea at the moment, I decided to make hot tea with this, I steeped for seven minutes, which was probably my first mistake. (The package said 5-7 minutes, but I really should have known better)
First Sip: It definitely tastes tropical, and slightly bitter. However not as bitter as I was expecting based on the reviews. The tropical flavor is definitely stronger but not overpowering, I was expecting it to be a lot stronger because of how long I steeped it for. So far though, I like it enough.
After finishing: I actually didn’t mind this tea. I’ll have to try a few more cups (and experiment a little with steeping) before I make a final decision but it’s definitely not as bad as I was expecting.
I was pleasantly surprised by this tea! I steeped it for 5 minutes and 30 seconds instead of the recommended 3 minutes. The first thing I noticed was the smell, which was horrible. Really really horrible. I almost didn’t drink it, but decided to anyways because I hate things going to waste. And I’m glad I did! Because it tasted MUCH better then it smelt. Genmaicha is one of my all time favorite types of tea, and I find this one particularly enjoyable because it tastes different then most of my other genmaicha teas. I know other people have said that it tastes a bit sweet, but personally I didn’t taste any sweetness. That might be because of how long I steeped it though. I loved the nutty undertone. Overall a very enjoyable tea, I’ve already had five cups of it today. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one.
I placed a massive order with Teapigs a couple weeks ago, and just got it in the mail a few days ago. Since I’ve been feeling under the weather I decided to try out this tea, as a sweet treat to make myself feel better. Teapigs recommends steeping this tea for only three minutes, but I like my tea on the stronger side, and I usually don’t steep for less then five minutes. I decided to go with four minutes, since I don’t always enjoy licorice root.
Smelling this tea you can definitely smell the peppermint, it is quite strong. However with my first sip I was disappointed because the actual peppermint taste was extremely mild. On the other hand I found the licorice to be perfect, it was nice and flavorful without being too overbearingly strong. This tea did have a bit of a cough syrup sickly sweet undertone, but it wasn’t too bad. I think if I steep it for the recommended three minutes next time that it will fix that problem. I do still wish that the peppermint flavor was stronger though.
It’s a shame that David’s Tea discontinued this one! I’m glad I stocked up when I had the chance. I’m a huge green tea fan, so add in the fact that I currently have a wicked cold and this was a must drink for me today. I know not everyone is a fan of the taste, and while I don’t think it’s the best tasting tea in the world I definitely don’t mind the flavor. I can definitely taste the lemon, and I find this tea quite soothing when I’m sick. I’m not looking forward to having to find a replacement once my stash runs out.
Normally I’m not a huge fan of chocolate flavored teas, but this one is definitely the exception. Its a mild chocolate flavor, but in a good way! It doesn’t taste watery, which is a problem I’ve had in the past. It also doesn’t taste fake, which is also a problem I’ve had in the past. Its the perfect hint of chocolate without being too mild or too strong or too fake tasting. But if you’re looking for a tea that will taste as strongly of chocolate as a hot chocolate does, then this isn’t the tea for you.