31 Tasting Notes
I bought this based on the name, but I won’t be buying it again. It smells divine prior to steeping, and hints of caramely goodness and hot sugar waiting to melt in your mouth. Steeped, this tea resembles really old urine from someone who only drinks pop (don’t ask how I know this) and the aroma is greatly weakened. The liquor itself is weak, bland and unremarkable. At best, you can taste the mild, grassy flavor of oolong while catching a little bit of buttery caramel undertones. Very smooth tea, however, bordering on being a cream tea.
I absolutely hate black teas (unless it’s sweet or iced tea) and I hate Lipton tea even more, but I’m so glad I took a chance on this one! I was pleasantly surprised to find this in pyramid mesh pouches, but the smell took me aback…it smelled just like Lipton’s regular tea. Disappointed, but hoping for the best, I made a cup and fell in love. Steeped, this turns into the most beautiful caramel amber color. The aroma is slight, but holds the attention with it’s vanilla caramel scents. The taste was wonderful, considering it’s a Lipton black tea. The black tea itself was not overpowering, but it was very present. But, toning it all down are the gentle notes of sweet savory vanilla smoothed over by the milky caramel tidbits which really makes this more of a cream tea. I will definitely keep this on hand…at work.
OMG. Chunks of pineapple, nuggets of pecans, tiny toffee crumbles and bits of coconut are scattered throughout this blend that reeks of a rich praline aroma. Brewed, it is a pale orange, but the aroma does change and is reminiscent of buttered popcorn. The taste, according to my partner to which I concur, is Jelly Belly buttered popcorn with a hint of buttery toffee, but I also taste a sweet note provided by the pineapple. While it definitely does not wholly taste like a praline truffle, it does not disappointment. Light, pleasantly aromatic, and delicately balanced…I will definitely keep this in stock.
I used this spicy little blend to make a tea latte. Upon opening the pouch, my nose was assaulted by clove and cinnamon, making me think this would make an amazing stove top potpourri. Brewing yields an unremarkable light medium amber brown color. The aroma, as with most chais, is simply intoxicating. The taste, however, is a bit underwhelming. The chai I make from scratch has SO much more flavor with only tea leaves and one spice. This particular chai begs for more cardamom. While this chai blend is decent, I anticipated a stronger, heartier and more robust flavor rolling around in my mouth. The spices blend well with the tea leaves, helped by the vigorous snap of the ginger, so I’d be willing to keep this in my cupboard…as an emergency back up.
Yes, here is a taste of yet another free sample. The tea itself smells scrumptious and chock full of cranberry, orange and other nummies, but I only saw a couple bits of fruit. Upon steeping, this tea yields a beautiful amber brown color and the aroma is light with a slight scent of orange. The liquor itself is a bit disappointing due to the delicious aroma. While it’s not bad, I don’t think I’d buy it. While pleasant on the tongue, this tea is full-bodied but light with a hint of citrus and a slight bite of cranberry. Not a favorite, but as best, it was simply pleasant.
I got this as a free sample so at least I’m not out of any money. The name of this tea is a turn off…I hate Colorado, let alone Boulder, so…When I opened the pouch, I was excited…it didn’t look like much beyond dried grass shavings with some purplish fronds mixed in, but it smelled just like strawberry Bubble Yum! I couldn’t wait to steep and taste! Granted, the loose tea unfurled beautifully and looked quite pretty, but my excitement waned as soon as it hit the mug. The delicious aroma disappeared and the tea resembles old pee. The taste, super light and unremarkable. I didn’t even want to waste any sweetener on it. Not knocked out, not disappointed. I’d drink this again if I absolutely had to, but I’d never buy it.
Probably like you, I got this as a free sample with my catalog. Among the ingredients are licorice root, which I happen to hate, but I gave it a try…even after the super strong cinnamon slapped my nostrils from one side of my face to the other. Bracing myself for what I thought was going to be a super strong brew, I was surprised how mellow this tea is. I could taste cinnamon and it had a little bite, but that’s about it. The overwhelming flavor, despite the lustrous reddish brown color, was hot boiled water.