515 Tasting Notes
I opened up this pouch not really knowing what to expect and was smacked in the face by a very strong, acidic and artificial raspberry scent. The blend is very pretty: chunks of fruit, small rosebuds, lemongrass and mate. As this tea steeps, I wonder if this would be better as an iced tea, but it’s too late now.. I’m going to have this hot first!
This blend brews a very pretty crimson cup. The scent becomes much more of a mix instead of individual ingredients now. It reminds me of a Celestial Seasonings fruit blend… not one in particular as they all sort of melt together for me. Sipping… hmm, I was expecting more hibiscus. This isn’t to say that it’s not there.. It’s the strongest note, actually… but I was thinking that there would be way more hibiscus to the point where it would cover everything else. I can still taste a sweet raspberry in the background, similar to a raspberry lemonade. I do pick up on the lemongrass and mate towards the end of the sip, but they really just add a general “herbal” note to the finish. I can tell that this will be a nice tea for when I need something tart, fruity and a little bit sweet.
I bought some of this tea hoping that it would resemble the first version of pumpkin milkshake. Even though I wasn’t crazy about version 1.0, it definitely grew on me and I wanted to buy more. The scent of this tea is of creamy pumpkin and spice. I do smell a lot of cinnamon in the dry leaf, but after it’s steeped, the pumpkin definitely comes out more.
The start of the sip is creamy pumpkin, very reminiscent of version 1.0. It is abruptly put to an end by the most unpleasant bitterness. It seems that every cup I’ve had has turned out this way and I’ve brewed as recommended, adjusted temperatures & steep times. I wish that the blend weren’t altered because it was so much more delicious with the other base.
I’ve had a busy week and can finally sit down and write a tasting note! I’ve had this one for a while and decided it was time to give it a try. This is a nicely bold cup of tea with a hint of banana. I find that the banana comes out at the end of the sip. It’s not artificial tasting, but reminds me of a pulpy, perhaps overripe banana. This particular cup is more astringent than I think it typically would be. I happened to forget about it and steeped it a minute longer than I should have. I think that this cup would take milk and sugar very well, though. Likely will try it that way next time! There are other teas from Bluebird that I like more, but I am happy to have given this one a try. Thank you KittyLovesTea for a sample!
I’m having this one again and this time I added a bit more leaf. It certainly brews up a lovely, dark cup once again. This cup has a bit more of a molasses kind of sweetness. It’s thick and has edges that resemble burnt sugar. It’s not really a milk caramel flavor, but one that is a little smokey, woody and wrapped up with that molasses. There are still earthy and bready flavors that pop out towards the end of the sip — mostly hay and sourdough bread, for me. The sweetness lingers on the tongue long after the cup is empty. Delicious!
My first sip of this tea is creamy, milky coconut. Yum! It’s absolutely delicious! The sip quickly fades into that sour note that coconut sometimes lends to a tea. As it cools, it still remains milky, but becomes greener and more of the floral oolong notes come out. This is definitely a tasty tea, but I have to be in the mood for it. As this isn’t just a milky oolong, but a coconut one, I really have to want coconut for this to be a good cup.
Before I sipped this tea, I thought that it was going to be nearly identical to Strawberry Pie Honeybush only without the cinnamon. I wanted to love the Strawberry Pie blend, but the cinnamon and other flavors made it a bit too sharp. That tea also left a bad taste in my mouth.
This one is much more smooth. I feel like I can finally concentrate on the beautiful strawberry and the honeybush background. I don’t think that there is much milkshake flavor here, but the strawberry and honeybush combination is lovely without cinnamon. It’s a rather simple and light tea – not too spectacular, but pleasant. I can see myself going through this pouch quickly! Might have another cup tonight.
I popped open this pouch of tea and wow, it is beautiful! I love the different chunks of orange peel and apple mixed with the rooibos and flower petals. What a treat! It smells of citrus and creamy vanilla, as expected. The rooibos becomes more present after water has been added, but it seems to be a creamy extension of the vanilla.
Sipping… hm, this blend is very straight-forward in its flavors. I was expecting there to be a little more depth, but it’s orange + vanilla + rooibos and not a whole lot else. The orange and the vanilla seem to come all at once and the rooibos lends itself to both the sweet and tart characters of the other ingredients. I love the balance of all of the flavors – nothing stronger than the rest. I think I prefer lemon and vanilla/cream teas a bit more, but this is a strong blend that is enjoyable and yummy.
I like tea blends that have chamomile, but they have to be done well. This one makes me a little nervous because of the licorice, but I’m hoping that the vanilla and chamomile will be able to hide that flavor. The blend is quite heavy on the chamomile flowers – I almost can’t see any of the other ingredients except for the lemongrass. The scent is light, slightly herbal and sweet.
Sipping… the chamomile is the first thing that I taste. It changes quickly into the nicest combination of flowers and vanilla. The finish is sweet, but a little strange. I’m getting some notes of licorice (that throat-coating sweetness) and stevia. I wish that this blend could just be the vanilla and chamomile because that mixture is lovely. The stevia and licorice finish ruins the cup, in my opinion. It’s not undrinkable, but leaves a gross feeling and flavor in the back of the throat.
I gulped down the vanilla cacao blend from Herbal Infusions so I decided it was time to order more! The strawberry smells so sweet and bright and doesn’t leave much room for the cacao to shine. After water has been added, the strawberry and cacao balance out. It reminds me a lot of strawberry candies covered in chocolate.
Sipping… the sweet strawberry comes first and is slowly hugged by the cacao. There is the nicest creamy chocolate note that finishes the sip. While it’s tasty, there is a part of me that feels like strawberry doesn’t belong with cacao. It could be that the strawberry is a little on the artificial side and the cacao naturally brings forward a chocolate flavor. I don’t think that I like this one as much as the vanilla cacao. It actually tastes worse as the the cup cools. Eh.. not so delicious anymore.
I’m a little nervous to be trying this tea after reading some of the reviews. I went back and forth on whether I should buy some of this and decided.. well, it’s oolong + raspberry and I love both.. so let’s give it a try! When I opened the pouch I was expecting the tea to smell rather gross, but it is actually more natural than I was expecting. The oolong is tightly rolled and uniform and the raspberry is light and pleasant. Curious to see how this will translate to the actual flavor!
Sipping… The raspberry loses some of its bite and actually tastes a little bit like raspberry jam. There is a tart note that blends well with the oolong base. The oolong tastes of butter and minerals. Definitely very tasty! This isn’t my favorite fruity oolong, but it does hit the spot this evening. Yum!