14 Tasting Notes
A delectable iced tea! I haven’t tried it hot, but it hits the spot for a nice summer day when iced.
The raspberry comes through very strong, with just enough lemon without being overpowering. To some the strong taste may come across as artificial, but not to me. It has a very fresh quality to it.
I like my tea with a strong pop of flavor, so I generally put in a tad more than the recommended amount and steep it for 6 minutes, then add some Truvia afterwards. I’d tried raw sugar, but it didn’t sweeten it enough for my taste. (Iced tea is supposed to be sweet and flavorful. It’s one of the key rules to life happiness. Duh.)
Overall, fruity and pleasing. It makes me think of a bright summer day just from a single taste. :)
Flavors: Berries, Lemon Zest
Want to hear my scariest horror story yet? My mother likes making iced tea. But not real, authentic tea that tea snobs like myself approve of. No, this was the Lipton bagged dust kind. Upon making her tea, she puts the water in the microwave to heat it, then places the tea bag in the water to steep. . . and leaves it steeping for up to a full week. faints All the while adding more water to her mug to get more tea out of it.
I vowed to never again let this happen, so I bought this tea to show her what real iced tea should be like. While I myself didn’t care for it, (I expected it to be fruiter, but then again, to me the fruiter the better), my mom absolutely ADORED it. Said it was the single best iced tea she ever had.
So am I a big fan of the tea? Not really. If this review were solely based on my experience my rating would likely be lower. I found it a bit bitter and expected to taste some more mango in it. I hardly tasted any at all.
But my mom? She loved it. And isn’t that really what’s important? For the purposes of this review it is, at least. :)
As a hot tea, I’ve never been able to brew this just right. I originally got this when I came down with the cold to soothe my throat with some honey, but . . . it just wasn’t good. The first time I tried it I made it way too weak, then once I used a tea bag for the regular 8oz it was WAY too overpowering. Bitterly so.
But iced? OOOOH BOY is this tea wonderful iced. The peach comes out very nicely, and while the ginger is present, it’s not so pronounced that it’s a turn off.
This is a lovely kettle! It’s efficient, simple, and durable. Plus, you can’t beat the price for the quality you get! I particularly enjoy that it has different temperature settings.
For those who say they’re worried about the small amount of BPA plastic on the inside, I believe I read a statement from the company saying that it was in fact BPA free.
The only drawbacks I have for this kettle are that you need to heat at least two cups of water each time, (I’d prefer to only heat the amount I need so I don’t pour too much water in my pot for the amount of tea I’m using), and that I occasionally can’t hear the “ready” alarm go off. A longer cord would be nice as well, though I can see how on a countertop shorter cords are more pleasing to the eye.
Overall, this is a stout and useful kettle!
Absolutely delicious! Funny story, I got this tea for my birthday a while back and despised it. (I also didn’t know how to make tea as well back then, so that might explain something.) I had half a mind to toss it out, but couldn’t bring myself to do that. So, I brewed up a cup with cream and sugar this time and found it to be divine tasting. It has a very mellow chocolate undertone, with a hint of fruitiness. Add the creamy taste I added in, and this makes a wonderful dessert tea.
EDIT: This is one of my boyfriend’s all time favorite teas, so I gave the rest to him. (True love, I know. ll have to look around and see what else is similar, or what I can blend for an akin flavor. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Cream, Stewed Fruits
Absolutely delightful! One of the tastiest teas I’ve ever had, hands down. It has a nice aroma and taste of fruit, – I get more of a peach taste than pear though, but I like that-, and the ginger was very subtle while still being present. I took it with some honey.
Highly, highly recommended.