545 Tasting Notes
The scent of this blend is so delicious — mint, vanilla, chocolate. It really does smell like mint chocolate ice cream! After water has been added, it smells much more earthy, woody and minty… sharper, almost… but I can still smell the chocolate.
Sipping… the first thing I taste is mint paired with some rooibos. It almost seems like it is going to be too sharp, but it slowly changes into something smooth and creamy. The chocolate flavor itself is subtle, but the creaminess is lovely! This tea has such a nice balance of rooibos and mint. The mint isn’t too overwhelming for someone who isn’t crazy about it. This is really yummy! I would definitely repurchase this in the future.
This is a great tea for this afternoon. It has just started snowing and it’s freezing outside! I pick up on some soft cocoa notes, something earthy like soil and a savory hint of buttered or salted fruit. The end of the sip brings out a bitter raisin flavor, too. There is a lot going on in this cup and it seems to have a little bit of everything. While it’s enjoyable, it isn’t my favorite from Whispering Pines. I’m so happy to have tried it, though. Thank you, Ost, for the sample!
The scent of this tea reminds me of some fruity gummies. I’m not really sure if I could decide on a specific type or brand, but it’s definitely reminding my nose of something fruity and chewy. When I move my nose closer to the cup, the green tea becomes more prominent. From the scent alone, though, I can tell that this tea base and the flavoring are matched perfectly. Where the green tea seems to end, the fruit picks up and continues with a delicate sweetness.
Sipping… hm, I think this smells better than it tastes. It’s not awful, it’s just a bit weaker than I would like. I find that Lupicia’s fruit teas are a little muted and that I want a stronger fruit note. The green tea is a little astringent, but it works with whatever mystery fruit is in this tea. My tongue can’t really figure out what it is (mango? raspberry?), but it’s still enjoyable. Tokio isn’t a repurchase for me, but I’m glad to have tried it.
Now that the weather is getting cooler, my tea consumption is increasing! I get cold easily and want to be drinking tea more often than usual.. which is good because my tea collection is overflowing at the moment. A chocolate tea is another sort of tea that I’m very picky about. I’ve had chocolate teas in the past that have just tasted so artificial and gross that even the tea base isn’t enough to keep me around. For me, a chocolate tea should be smooth, rich and possibly creamy on its own. It can’t have that artificial note or else down the drain it goes!
This tea smelled brilliant right from the bag. Hot chocolate! The tea base comes forward a bit after water has been added. The first sip of this tea reminds me of a bitter, unsweetened cocoa powder. The tea itself is a little astringent which adds to the darker flavor of the cocoa. As I continue to sip, however, the cup becomes sweeter and softer. The chocolate mellows and joins the black tea’s sweetness. I only wish that it could be richer and with a little more body.. but then again, I have to remind myself that it is a tea and not a real hot chocolate. Even though the tea base isn’t my favorite and is on the verge of being a little too.. earthy/stinky/there’s something about it that I don’t particularly like… this is a solid chocolate blend. I think that this cup would be even better with some milk so I’ll try that next time.
I was really pleased to see this one pop back up again since I missed it when it was first blended. I love custard, pastries, maple and honeybush so this blend sounds like a dream!
Sipping… Yet again all I taste is honeybush with a very mild maple flavor and a bit of sweetness. I really don’t know where I am supposed to find the custard or long john.. but they’re definitely not in the cup. It’s not a bad cup of tea, but if I wanted plain honeybush, I’m sure that I could find it for less money.
As much as I love 52Teas blends, I really don’t think I’ll try their honeybush blends anymore since my tastebuds recognize them as plain honeybush. Disappointing.
This tea smells quite yummy.. it reminds me of an artificial vanilla cupcake or cookie. It’s certainly tempting, but has me worried that it might be a little too fake. I think that I might have to add milk to it even though I like trying all of my teas plain. This tea just calls for it.
Sipping… weird. This tastes almost like a scented candle. It’s like a caramel vanilla candle dunked in a weak black tea. I’m disappointed because I thought this would be rich and tasty. Yuck.. I can’t seem to sip any longer and I don’t think adding milk would bring this cup back. Down the drain it goes!
You know.. I have to be in the mood for peppermint teas, but when I am.. they are so refreshing! This one is nice and I reach for this more often than I thought I would. The peppermint is tamed by the chocolate and marshmallow leaf, but is still very much the star of the cup. I’m glad that it doesn’t remind me of toothpaste or gum. The flavor is smooth and natural. The marshmallow leaf adds that savory, more herbal layer. I don’t pick up on too much chocolate, but it does come out towards the end. Overall, a refreshing, but sweet treat to have in the evening.
I’ve been drinking this tea more often lately.. it just seems to fit fall evenings. This tea is incredibly roasty, but sweet. While this tea isn’t that pretty (lots of twigs and stems), its flavor evokes images of burning fires, dry leaves and oozing caramel. As it cools, it becomes more smooth which makes it even better!
I’m a bit behind on some of my tasting notes. Life has been busier for me lately, but once I’m a little more settled in with a routine, I’ll be more regular with sipping and writing. I couldn’t seem to get it together tonight to pick a tea and all my mouth was saying was “something tart, please!” so there really isn’t a better choice than hibiscus in that department.
The color of this tea is beautiful. It’s dark with a deep berry color. Definitely something you wouldn’t want to drink over a white carpet! The scent is pretty much one dimensional, but that doesn’t come as a surprise as it’s plain old hibiscus in the tea bag. It does smell a lot like a really sour, flowery sort of grape.
Sipping… well, this is a bit more complex than I expected. It actually tastes a lot like wine. There is a savory note at the beginning, the obvious tartness, but then a sweetness that reminds me of raisins. I think this is definitely something you need to be in the mood for unless you truly love hibiscus. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be and is more enjoyable alone than in a blend because it’s not taking over the entire cup.
I’m happy to have given plain hibiscus a chance, but it’s not something I’d like to drink regularly.
Hmm. I’m not sure about this one. It smells quite strongly of a winter/autumn candle. My mom also said that it smells “like Christmas” to her. It does steep up to a beautiful deep crimson color.
Sipping… hibiscus is the first thing I notice and wow, it’s very strong! It lingers for a long time, but slowly changes into something like a spiced cider. I suppose that it’s cranberry that I’m tasting, but to be honest, it’s more of a weird cranberry candle + spice mixture. This is surprisingly drinkable given how much hibiscus is in it.. I think it also helps that I’m in the mood for something tart. I don’t hate hibiscus, but wish it didn’t take over everything in the universe when it’s included in a blend.
While I finished the cup, I don’t think that I would repurchase more of this blend. I think less hibiscus and more of a real cranberry flavor would have helped it out. It really is like drinking a candle only without a waxy flavor.