547 Tasting Notes

78

I was honestly worried about trying this tea because of the negative reviews. I personally think that The Republic of Tea does rooibos well, and I love rooibos.. so I thought, why not? The cinnamon is a bit like cinnamon candy or gum. I don’t normally like cinnamon, but when I do, I prefer the darker, richer flavors. I must say that the cinnamon blends well with the wood flavor of the rooibos. I don’t detect much vanilla in this cup, but I’m content with the mild cinnamon and rooibos combination. It’s a warming cup and its name fits it perfectly! I DO want to dream by the fire while sipping this tea. I don’t think I’d purchase any more of this, but it definitely has me looking forward to the holiday season.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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78

I really do like RoT’s cuppa chocolate tea collection. I enjoyed the red velvet cake tea and so I was eager to try this one. I very much am interested by the combination of banana and chocolate. Plus, rooibos? Yes! This tea had a similar taste to the red velvet cake tea, but with the addition of banana flavor (slightly artificial). I drank the whole cup, but will I go back and purchase more tins of this? Probably not. If it were more creamy or flavorful and not as artificial, I think I would like this one much more.

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80

I happened to be in the mood for this tea as I had made a carrot cake for a birthday celebration. This tea is best when it’s hot – the flavors seem a lot brighter then. I taste mostly orange (a little like Motrin) with a bit of carrot. I don’t think I’d be able to identify that flavor as carrot if I were given a cup of this without knowing its name. It’s a very creative, flavorful and almost juicy cup of tea. I don’t think I’d buy a ton of this tea because I enjoy the plantain coconut green bush blend from Republic of Tea a bit more.

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79

This is a good standard cup of green tea. I love its muted, cloudy lime green color. Slightly astringent, a little bit smooth, somewhat grassy. It’s not spectacular and it’s a bit basic, but I would pick this one over a generic tea bag. I am looking forward to having another cup!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

I’m lowering the rating on this one, unfortunately. I brewed this tea exactly as directed and I was surprised to taste just an ordinary oolong. The texture was smooth, but nothing to go crazy about. I didn’t taste any milk, cream, vanilla… Nothing special! I wonder what happened? As of right now, this tea is not living up to its price tag or reputation. Any suggestions of how to make this cup awesome would be appreciated!

Infusin_Susan

I always brew this one at about 180, for four minutes. I forgot what the directions say. But if I brew it less than four minutes, the flavor seems weak. Also, I add a pinch of Stevia, and that seems to bring out the creamy, milky flavors more. And, I don’t drink it immediately. I let it sit for at least 15 minutes after brewing. It just seems to taste better if it has time to sit. Those are the only suggestions I can offer — hope it works better for you next time!

QueenOfTarts

I’ll try that! Thanks for your suggestion! Does 2 tsps for 12 oz sound about right? That’s what I’ve been using.

Infusin_Susan

I generally use a little more than that. Maybe 3 tsp.

American Tea Room

We suggest a rounded teaspoon for 6 oz so for 12 oz two teaspoons should work. If you like a heartier stronger flavor by all means steep this a little longer. You should be able to get several steepings non-the-less. This is our most popular oolong, but everyone’s taste preference is slightly different – so sometimes adjusting the steeping time or the amount of tea will create the profile you like.

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81
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
547 tasting notes

The description of this tea makes one believe that he/she is in for a real treat! I love the name and the idea of a tea that reflects the indulgence that is buttercream. The dry leaf smells fruity and strange at the same time. I used quite a bit of leaf for a 12 oz. cup. 2.25 teaspoons. As it steeps, I’m getting a rather rich, sugary scent — one that is paired with fruit. Sipping… To me, it tastes like apricot with a weird aftertaste. Something grassy? Perhaps the white tea? & I really wonder how I am supposed to go about getting the buttery taste (I ALWAYS seem to miss butter notes unless they’re from an Oolong). The tea becomes VERY smooth as it cools, though.. like silk! Maybe that’s the butter? The idea of adding milk and sugar to this tea seems strange, and I don’t know if I can stomach doing so. Maybe those additions make the tea even better. If it’s written on the package, I should give it a try? I wish this tea were more BUTTERCREAM without as much fruit, but the smoothness is awfully enjoyable.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

It is such a smooth and strange tea!
I’ve tried it with a little dollop of whipped cream with a sprinkle of sugar, and it made it creamy for sure, think peaches and cream but it’s mango/apricot instead of peaches… sort of. haha! Worth a try anyways, it’s quite palatable!

QueenOfTarts

I think whipped cream makes anything taste better! :) mmmm never tried it in tea, though. Do you think a splash of 1% milk (no sugar) would make this tea even more delicious? :)

DaisyChubb

I don’t see why not! I’ve had 2 percent and it was pretty creamy, and if 1% is your milk of choice I think it would do just that. Doesn’t hurt to try n_-

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84

I found this tea to be quite pleasant! I’ve tried all of the almond cookie/biscotti teas that I know of and this tea didn’t taste that unique to me. I think that the black tea base was a bit stronger in this blend, but there was definitely a cookie aspect to the tea as well. There wasn’t much variation from other almond cookie teas I’ve had, but it was a yummy cup. Thanks to LefTea for the sample!

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92

I’ve increased the rating for this tea. I’ve learned that it’s quite good as long as it’s steeped correctly. I think I will buy more of this when I’m out. Floral, buttery & clean.

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79

I have to admit that I don’t normally like chai tea. Yes, I do have the occasional chai tea latte from Starbucks.. but as far as bagged or loose chai tea at home.. no! I’m not sure what prompted me to buy this tea. I thought that I was done with Zhena’s Gypsy Tea as I hadn’t been impressed with really any of the ones I’d had.
The idea of cloves, black pepper, licorice root, cardamom and ginger root doesn’t appeal to me. BUT this tin says that this tea has a caramel/vanilla flavor… plus, it has a red tea base.. so I thought that it would be worth a try.
This tea has a relatively calm combination of spices which I prefer over BOLD chai. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. I find this tea to be more enjoyable when it’s hot. When it cools, I can taste the ginger and licorice a bit more.. and I’d rather have the other flavors instead. There is nothing distinctly like caramel, but I suppose that it smooths out the chai spices. I think that this tea is ideal for the start of fall. It’s warming & comforting.. just perfect for the changing leaves and cooler weather.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
MaddHatter

I’m quickly learning that unless it is a sugary-syrupy latte from starbucks I can’t seem to steep chai correctly unless it is a red based or purely herbal tea. This one sounds good until you mentioned that the licorice has a slightly more prominent. I have a hard time with fennel, anise, and licorice flavors in tea.

QueenOfTarts

I also have a difficult time with the flavors you’ve mentioned. I think the licorice is pretty mellow until it cools. In this blend, it’s definitely not so bad for someone who dislikes it.

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49

[Backlog] – I thought this tea would be delicious, but unfortunately it was a bit too artificial tasting. I am quite glad that I was able to try this one, but won’t be drinking it again.

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Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

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