10 Tasting Notes

97

Brewed with filtered water at the perfect temperature, this is absolute heaven. With plain tap water, it’s damn good. Either way, it smells so amazing, I just have to sniff it constantly while sipping.

Loose in a pot or in a basket are both great. With small bits of coconut flake and almond, the water should be almost-boiling to get the flavor from both and the time should be increased. The downside to this is the balance between brewing the black tea for it’s best flavor and coddling it while trying to get all the coconut and almond flavor out. The 97/100 rating is for having to balance the temperature and steeping time together. Luckily, I had the seller make a pot in the tea room and got the perfect advice for brewing this; Heat filtered/bottled water to boiling, take the kettle off, let the boil subside, pour water over loose tea in pot with plenty of circulation (either in a large basket or free,) and let steep for at least 3 minutes. If the tea’s going to sit and cool, more time is fine. If the tea’s going to be kept warming, less heat to brew is best.

Flavors: Almond, Coconut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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75

Earthy rooibos, creamy citrus zest, this is beautiful. The creamy orange isn’t subtle, but it’s not strong enough to label this acidic. This is the closest I can imagine an upscale orangesicle rooibos tea could be, not a cheap artificial flavor kind. Imagining San Diego while drinking this is about right. The smell of the citrus zest almost implies strength, but the creaminess tempers it nicely. It has an almost implied cinnamon note. Husband says it smells like potpourri. He doesn’t like many flavored teas, he’s a classic kind of guy.

Brewed as recommended; 1 rounded teaspoon per cup, steeped 8.5 minutes at 210 degrees.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML

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90

This is quite an awesome bagged tea. I love a vanilla rooibos for nighttime comfort, and sometimes day comfort. This is my (current) jam. It’s warm and rich with that slightly earthy rooibos awesomeness. As far as bagged rooibos goes, this is delicious beyond reason.

If I add creamer, this is still great and super-rich. Until I find a better quality option with this great flavor, it’s on the top of my vanilla rooibos list.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60

I need a nighttime tea for comforting that I can also drink anytime without caffeine. I love vanilla and it goes great with rooibos, so that’s my nighttime jam. This tea has the pleasant rooibos and a little bit of that warm vanilla. A little underwhelming. This is an alright option for me, but not my favorite. Madagascar Vanilla Rooibos by Celestial Seasonings is my favorite rooibos vanilla in a tea bag, it’s warmer and richer.

It’s good for the price and the quality is very good for bagged tea. I’ll definitely finish this, but I won’t repurchase.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

I love Earl Grey tea in general, and I love the Creme versions for a standard cuppa. Point Loma Tea is run by a wonderful woman who gets the teas from a certified fair trade vendor and hand-blends the teas and it shows. I love this tea from an Earl Grey standpoint, and I like it from the Creme standpoint. I would buy and drink this again.

The loose leaf smells citrusy and slightly creamy and medium strength. When brewed, it opens up and the bergamot comes out a bit more, but the creaminess is still there. It tastes a bit more mild in the cream and the bergamot is the forefront flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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62

4 minutes at just under boiling at pour. This is a very fine tisane with some medium chunks. The smell of the dry blend is rich, creamy, sweet, and a bit of astringent ginger. Brewing brings more astringent taste than I like. You never know if there’s pumpkin in the blend and if the pumpkin pie spices make one assume there’s pumpkin notes in the blend.

I don’t love it. I like it. The tart and rich cheesecake note is there, the spices are way in the background, and the sweetness of the honeybush is nice as always. Wouldn’t buy again.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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86

A delicious flavored Ceylon from Tealuxe. Another hit for me. 4 minutes just under boiling and it wafts caramel and richness. Creme de la Earl Grey from them has the same rich cream smell, which I’m in love with. The caramel blends well with the Ceylon base. It’s delicious as it cools as well. Any bitterness that may seep during cooling isn’t unpleasant with the rich cream notes. I would order this again.

I liked this tea a lot the first time. I reserved “love” for something I would come back to again and again . With my small sample, I couldn’t, but I can say all three times, this was smooth and delicious.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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100

This is my favorite of all the EGs I’ve tried! The flavor is smooth, creamy and only slightly acidic. The bergamot is a little sweet and full of citrus fullness and blends with the creamy tea flavor perfectly for me. I love it plain in water, I love it with creamy plain soymilk, I love the smell of it in the tin. Beautiful from beginning to end, in a to-go cup or fancy tea cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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61

I love earl grey, cuppa of choice. This has a pleasant and smooth black tea flavor but it’s not very strong on bergamot. It’s enjoyable and tasty but not a Holy Grail earl grey. My husband likes it better than the powdered EG from supermarket-available brands but would like a little more bergamot. Overall; not as good as the EGs from Tealuxe (creme de la earl grey is my HG fave so far.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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