445 Tasting Notes
This is probably my favourite berry rooibos tea so far, perhaps because it’s relatively simple and straightforward. There’s rooibos, which is as rooibos always is. Woody, slightly earthy/brassy. Over the top, there’s the distinctive flavour of grenadine — syrupy, sweet, strawberry wonderfulness — augmented by the sweet creaminess of vanilla. It’s wonderful, lovely, gorgeous. All that and more. I haven’t tried the black version of this yet, although I’ve got a tin unopened in my stash. I like the rooibos here, though. It just seems to fit so well with the fruity, slightly floral flavour profile.
This note seems unutterably brief for a tea I like so much, but it really is that uncomplicated. The two main elements are the best they can be, they taste wonderful together, and that’s all that really matters to me today. I gave it about three minutes, and added a splash of milk, but I think it’d be equally palatable without. Definitely one I’ll revisit often this autumn!
This one’s interesting. It brews to a pale golden brown, even when left for four or so minutes. I can see things I like in the dry mix, though — cardamom, pepper, fennel seed. There’s not a lot of tea leaves as far as I can see — it’s mostly marigold petals. I’ve never had an oolong chai before, so it’s a first for me.
Despite my reservations, I like the taste. It’s very pale in colour, maybe a touch on the weak side, but I can taste the spices, and it’s got a certain creamy edge to it. There’s a hint of pepper, a lot of cardamom, something gingery, vanilla (hence the creaminess, I assume?). I can taste chocolate, but it’s not particularly strong. It just contributes a cocoa note in the aftertaste and a sweetness to the overall flavour, and reminds me of hot chocolate more than anything.The base tea contributes a vaguely grapey taste, with a slight raisin note. It’s sweet, and contrasts well with the other flavours — certainly unique!
Not my favourite chai, but interesting to have tried. Thanks to Queen of Tarts for the sample!
I have mixed feelings about earl grey, on the whole. Some I love, some I hate. To my surprise, this one definitely falls into the former camp. On opening the tin, the main scent is bergamot. It’s very strong and quite harsh, and that alone made me worry a little, because I don’t like very strong, harsh or bitter earl greys. Fortunately, this loses some of its potency once brewed.
After about three minutes the liquor was a pretty dark brown, so I added a splash of milk. There’s a slight astringency here, but it’s nothing terrible. Enough to make me glad I added milk, but that’s all. The bergamot is lovely — beautifully balanced — adding a cirtussy top note to the relatively sweet, slightly malty black base. There’s a very faint floral edge, too, which almost reminds me of jasmine. I can only imagine it’s contributed by the cornflowers, which are copiously scattered throughout the dry mix.
Overall, I’m really pleased with this one. My dad tried it first and really liked it, but then he’s usually happy with a decent quality earl grey. Our tastes differ a bit, but this is definitely one we can agree on. I’ll enjoy drinking the rest of this tin over the coming months. It’s one of the nicer EGs I’ve had in a while. Great stuff!
Feeling better today, so I started the morning with this tea. I’m going to have a Mariage Freres tasting day today, I think. I’m still not in the mood for anything heavily flavoured, so I’m going to start getting my tea mojo back with a couple of these.
This could well become a favourite with me. It’s so chocolatey and gorgeous, and very easy to drink. It’s sweet, malty, with delectable notes of dark cocoa, and not a hint of astrincency. A perfect plain black blend, in my estimation! It’s nice to be drinking tea again :)
This is all I’ve been drinking today, because I have a really awful cold. It’s so unlike me, but I just can’t face the thought of anything flavoured. It’s not great tea, but it’s a hot drink and it’s making me feel a smidge better, which is more or less all that matters to me right now. Hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon. I’ve got all kinds of tasty tea heading my way!
Second cola tea to try hot. This one works better than Cuba Libre, I think. Perhaps because cherry and vanilla are more conducive to heat than lime and rum. Either way, it tastes more plausible hot than Cuba Libre did.
The cherry and vanilla come out very clearly, perhaps slightly more so than they did when I drank this iced. The cola, on the other hand, is more muted. It’s there, more noticably as the tea cools, but it’s second fiddle to the cherry and vanilla. That’s fine with me — I think that’s actually what I wanted anyway, thinking about it.
Like Cuba Libre, I definitely prefer this cold. I was curious to try it hot, though, and it’s more successful than I thought it might be. I might even drink it hot again, if the mood strikes me. If it doesn’t, I can always look forward to finishing it off iced next summer! Either way,as a cherry coke fan, this one scores points with me.
Two wordS; chai latte. One word; love. It more or less has to be autumn when I start drinking chai, and it’s something I look forward to all summer. This is a long-time favourite, and one of the first chai blends I tried. It’s relatively mild, as chai goes, and especially in latte form, but I don’t mind that. It just tastes all the more creamy!
I had another bad day at work, so I used two bags in a big cup, brewed with half water and topped up with hot milk. Even the smell cheers me up; it’s warming and comforting and familiar all at once. I can primarily taste the spice here; cinnamon particularly, but also cardamom. That’s actually all there is, other than ginger and vanilla, and the assam base. That’s why it tastes mild, I think, but I quite like that about it. I have more in-your-face blends for when I want that. This one is quiet and unassuming.
I don’t like this one quite as much as Teapigs’ Chilli Chai, but it’s up there. It was certainly just the tea for this evening, and for many evenings to come, no doubt.
Sipdown! I’ve finished my sample packet, but I actually wouldn’t mind drinking this again. I’m not usually a fan of plain honeybush, but as they go this one’s really quite nice. It’s not fun, but sometimes fun isn’t on the agenda. A nice, vanillary, comforting (and caffiene free) tea. Well done, Adagio!
This is better with milk. A lot better. I’m still not really getting blackberry, but there is a fruitiness and it’s more defined now that the base isn’t so overpoweringly bitter. I’m increasing the rating a little. It’s friday, and I feel charitable.
Another Jenier that’s kind of weird. I’m not having the best of luck with these. This is a black/green blend, flavoured with…what? It contains cornflowers and mallow flowers, but they’re not contributing much in the way of taste. The black and green teas are mostly what I’m getting, and the effect isn’t 100% pleasant. I gave up and read the description – the black teas are assam and Ceylon, the variety of green tea isn’t specified, and the flavour is supposed to be blackberry. Well, well. I’m not sure I’d have guessed.
The black teas are quite strong and astringent, and the green tea tastes pretty murky. The recommendation was to brew this in boiling water, which is what I did, but I think next time I’ll try letting it cool for a bit. That might help the green a little – I imagine it certainly can’t do any harm. There is a hint of fruitiness now that’s what I’m focusing on, but I wouldn’t say it’s specifically blackberry. What this is, mostly, is bitter.
That’s perhaps apt given my mood at the moment, but it’s not the tea for me right now. Back to the drawing board with this one, I think.