602 Tasting Notes
I brought this tea with me to class today and paired it with a muffin that a fellow student shared. The muffin was delicious and actually worked well with the tea. I’m not crazy about Earl Grey, but this was a relatively solid cup. I liked how I could taste the base of the tea which seemed smooth and bitter at the same time. I have a feeling I would like this tea more if I enjoyed drinking Earl Grey more often.
This tea had always interested me whenever I saw it at the store and I finally got to try it. The dry leaf is very pretty: little bright petals in a bed of pretty rooibos. The scent was rooibos with a TON of apricots. I didn’t smell a bunch of caramel or honey, but pure apricot fruits. Steeped, the tea smelled equally as fruity. It even retained the juicy character of the apricots. Each sip had a nice balance of apricot and rooibos, and the slightest bit of honey flavor. As much as I wanted to love this tea, I just couldn’t. Something about it didn’t taste RIGHT to me. Maybe I had imagined this tea to be something beyond delicious – I think I wanted apricots dipped in honey & caramel. It’s not a terrible tea, just not as good as I wanted it to be.
I bought a box of 80 tea bags of rooibos yesterday as I was looking for just a plain, unflavored rooibos tea. I’m glad that I grabbed this one! The scent of the tea bags is VERY characteristic of rooibos teas: wood, earth, a bit of spice and sweetness. There is also a scent that reminds me of the zoo. I’m not sure I can explain that logic, but it makes me think of animals, dirt, wild plants and grasses. This is a fabulous, basic rooibos. I feel like it offers more than the other one-dimensional red teas out there. I taste wood and a sweetness like caramel or vanilla which fades in and out of the cup. I’m glad that I purchased this brand & look forward to having more mugs!
I, like others, noticed that the leaves look almost identical to an oolong. In fact, I was really surprised when I popped open the bag that clearly says Silky GREEN. I’ve had quite a few cups of this one & initially brewed them around 190-195. At that temperature, I tasted an overwhelmingly large amount of pure floral flavor. To me, it was so floral that it was almost like soap or perfume. I was just about to give up on this tea before I tried it again at a lower temperature. There are still floral flavors, but I’m tasting much more of a buttery component. It’s not my favorite, but I like that I’ve found a good temperature for this tea. I wish it could be more buttery and less floral.
I didn’t really know what to expect from this tea. I like Teapigs tea, but I’m also quite fond of FLAVORED white tea, not plain. That being said, this is a very interesting cup. I like that it has different layers: a little bit of sweet grass and a little bit of vegetables. I’m not sure that I would like to have boxes upon boxes of this tea, but it is naturally nice.
I can’t remember who sent me a bag of this tea.. if you did, I’m sorry I can’t remember! Thank you! The taste is of absolute rooibos and the wood flavor is most prominent. I also detect a creamy taste toward the end of the sip. Otherwise, there aren’t many layers to this tea. It’s just a bit of wood and the tiniest sensation of a creamy tea. This isn’t a terribly bad tea, just a bit boring. In my experience, I’ve found that there are other rooibos teas with many more layers and dimensions, but this cup is quite decent for this evening.