297 Tasting Notes
I can’t believe there are no ratings for this by me. This is my favorite Assam in my cupboard and the one I drink most often.
Normally I have it hot and it’s wonderful.
Today I’m reporting on the experiment of cold-brewing it.
Just like when hot it’s excellent. But very different.
It’s not at all bitter from a longer-than-expected brew time (I forgot about it, it’s been in the fridge about 20 hrs).
It’s sweeter than hot-brewed. Very floral tasting and feeling through the roof of the mouth with a sweet honey-ness in the back of the mouth and throat when swallowed. The finish is dark under the tongue and a light feeling at the roof of the mouth. The flavor is complex but refreshing, at the same time. I can’t fully describe it. -But I definitely can recommend it.
I’m running low on this and it’s delicious both hot and cold; I’ll have to buy some more!
The steeped tea smells a bit like wine, but a bit more like raisins.
The taste is black tea and a overlay of a wine-y taste. The tip of the tongue has a slight sweetness but most of the wine taste is in the back of the mouth. It’s not a strong wine taste, but not too weak.
Not a buy-again, but not bad.
The unbrewed tea smells sweet and of RUM. Strongly rum.
The steeped tea is pleasantly sweet in a vanilla way and a rum-sweet way.
The flavor shows no rum, it is somewhat watery with a buttery secondary taste… maybe a hint of rum in the nose but not really any flavor of it.
I’ll try this with more tea and longer steeping times.
The dry tea smelled very fruity and yummy.
The steeped tea is more sedate, smelling mostly of blackberries with a hint of tartness.
The flavor is likewise and balances well with the green tea. Not overly sweet at all, just a taste of fresh berries and green tea. The cranberry isn’t so much tasted as sensed… you don’t get cranberry flavor, you just get a hint of its tartness or redness to hold together the rest of the tea.
Not a must-have for me, but a good solid fruity green. I might get more depending on the store price, as I think it would be good as a cold or sweet tea, but the sample is a one-serving amount and not enough for experimentation.
This is one of the personal-designed teas from Design A Tea that I got a sample of.
The pre-steeped tea is cloyingly sweet smelling, so is the brewed.
The flavor only has the barest hints of amaretto and is otherwise ALL chestnut.
Which does taste great in quality. The black tea base fits nicely with it.
I’m rating this mid-to-high based on the chestnut flavoring, but not higher due to the lightness of amaretto and the scent, and because I personally didn’t think it was awesome, for my own taste preferences. For me, the chestnut is too strong.
But if you love earthy, rich, nutty teas, this is for you. As said, the chestnut is Strong in this one.
I can never get over how lovely this tea smells when brewed. It’s a strong dark and smokey scent… just lovely and pleasing.
The taste, as I’ve said before, is quite smokey, too. Nothing about this tea overwhelms, it’s a delicious flavor that balances just right in your mouth.
The tea is very festive looking, in the bag. Colorful and very candy-like in scent.
Steeped, it is a pinkish, orangish yellow and smells of apple and mostly the lemongrass, giving it a bit of a Pez scent… again, candy-like. As he just passed by, my husband commented that it “smells like strawberry shortcake -the doll, not the food”, so each his own lol.
The flavor is much less sweet than the smell. The apple and lemongrass flavors balance out pretty well. The apple is very mild and like dried apples without the sweetness, just plain apple without the sugar. The lemongrass taste comes from the back of the mouth and tongue. I can’t pick up any of the raspberry that is listen in the ingredients.
It’s a pleasant fruit tea, but nothing outstanding or gotta-have about it, to me. One I’ll use for trade and a rare cup… might try it cold-brewed and/or as iced tea and see how that goes… perhaps I’ll find more to it with some experimentation.
But anyways, a good tea that I’d recommend to fans of apple and lemongrass.
This is my first (and last, most likely) chocolaty tea, so bear that in mind.
The smell of the unbrewed tea is of bitter chocolate and something artificial-scenty. It’s strong and, IMO, nasty.
The brewing scent is the same, I had to stand several feet from it while it steeped. I couldn’t stand to be close to it.
I’d read the ingredients and noted the chocolate contents before buying it, but since it was named Peach Truffle I thought, well, maybe all the ingredients together made that flavor somehow -because sometimes teas DO surprise you.
Once it cooled enough I sipped it. The flavor itself isn’t bad at all, but I can’t report on what it tastes like because I had to sip it while trying not to breathe so that I wouldn’t smell the horrid scent of it. I truly couldn’t stand to be near it and breathe in. I’ve struggled to take 3 sips and have now just wrote it off as “I don’t like it”, officially.
This would likely be a great tea for those who do like chocolaty scents and teas, so I’ll use it for tea swaps. But I won’t be tasting anymore myself.
Am now trying this as iced tea, the last little bit of the sample I had.
I was right, it’s very good as an iced tea. On its own and would probably make great sweet-tea, but I’ve only this last bit to experiment with. I think I’ll be buying more for ice tea usage.
Added agave nectar to the last half of cup. Awesome.