1031 Tasting Notes
I will confess, it was the name of this tea that made me buy it. Now it’s actually time to try it, though, I’m not so sure. For some reason, I’m having a hard time processing the combination of ingredients. I mean, rooibos and chamomile? Okay. Rooibos and peppermint? Okay. But rooibos, chamomile AND peppermint? Does not compute. It smells nice, though, like one of those butter mint hard-boiled sweets. Still, though. It even looks odd in the bag – red rooibos, green peppermint leaves, and yellow chamomile flowers. They clash!
Anyway, I’m going to stop making judgements about this, and actually try it. Into the water it goes. 5 minutes later, the water is, unsurprisingly, rooibos red. The scent is mainly of chamomile and rooibos, but the mint is also detectable. So far, not so unexpected. To taste, it’s actually better than I thought it was going to be. The chamomile takes centre stage, and it’s sweet, vaguely floral, and honey-like. Second is the peppermint, which adds a cool, menthol-like effect to the sip, and actually pairs with the chamomile better than I thought it would. I suppose they’re both quite sweet flavours, so I’m not sure why I thought they would hate each other. The rooibos remains firmly in the background, and actually does a pretty good job of bringing the two flavours together. It does taste a bit like a butter mint, which is actually a very pleasant flavour now I come to think about it. An unexpected pre-lunch treat!
Sipdown! I’m on a roll with these this week, but it’s just been negated by the arrival of two swap packages. Ah well.
Drank the last of this at work today. I’m pleased I had the opportunity to try it, but I think I might have out-darjeelinged myself for a little while. Time to try something else from the cupboard!
Added a pitcher of this to the fridge last night to cold brew. I took the tea out this morning, but I’ve yet to try it. I will when I get home from work, if my parents haven’t raided it first. I’m hoping that the lemon flavour will come trhough still, as it does when hot. If I’ve just got a jug of rooibos, I’ll be disappointed! I have high hopes, though — I could smell lemon when I gave it a tentative sniff this morning! We’ll see!
Managed to snag a glass of this in the end. I’m glad, because it’s actually really nice. I actually think the lemon comes out more clearly cold than it does hot, although the rooibos is a farily prominent taste also. There’s maybe something very slightly medicinal in the background too, but it’s tolerable.
The main flavour is unmistakably lemon, at any rate, and it tastes much more like it smells dry this way. I’m still awed at how clearly the lemon comes through. It’s tangy, very slightly sour — amazing! This is one I’ll definetly cold brew again in the weeks ahead, and it’s inspired me to try a few of my other Yumchaa rooibos blends cold also. A worthwhile experiment!
Tried this one with milk this evening, while it was on my mind. I do prefer it this way on the whole, I think. The milk seemed to smooth it out a little, and tone down the very slight musty/bitter flavour that emerges in the aftertaste when drank black. I’d happily drink it black again, but milk is going to be my preferred way forward here.
Oolong has not so far been my thing, but I’m willing to have my mind changed. I think that’s why I keep trying them – I know there must be one for me out there somewhere! Before now, I’ve only read about milk oolongs on here, but I’ve been curious to try one for a while now. Thanks to Sil, I finally have the chance!
The leaves of this one are intriguing. They’re rolled, I think, are roughly round, and a mottled green in colour with both light and darker patches. Once in my infuser, they unfurl pretty quickly, which is actually an enjoyable process to watch. I’ve just arrived at work, so I’m obviously easily distracted. There being 130 emails in my inbox isn’t helping on that front.
Brewed, the leaves actually smell pretty amazing. There’s a vegetal scent, as I might have expected from a green tea, but there’s also a very floral, faintly sweet overtone that I’m very encouraged by. I’ve never experienced this with an oolong before! I guess it’s what I was hoping they might be like, but instead have always found them quite bitter and mineral-tasting. The liquor is a golden yellow-brown.
I will admit to being a little apprehensive about this before taking my first sip, but I needn’t have been. I think I’ve finally found my kind of oolong! There’s no trace of bitterness at all – it’s smooth, sweet, slightly floral, and with a wonderful milky creaminess. I’m not sure whether it’s specifically orchid I can taste, but if it is, then orchid is a flavour I like. Who’d have thought it? I could happily drink this all day – it’s the complete opposite of what I was expecting, and, thankfully, has blown my preconceptions about oolongs out of the water.
Many, many thanks to Sil for finding me an oolong I can get behind!
First tea of the morning. I’m glad I chose a black, because I’d already had my first two visitors before I’d even taken my coat off. Sipdown on this one! I’ve got three other samples from this pack to finish, but this has been nice. Sweet, peachy, clean, fresh. Sad to see it go.
Haven’t had one of these in a while, so I made up a cup with milk last night. Really, really enjoyable — more so than I remembered, actually. I’m not sure whether I’ve tried it with milk before, but the berry flavours were clear and strong, complemented by the smooth creaminess added by the milk. The woodsyness of the rooibos was all but absent. This is one I’ll be adding to my evening rotation. I must remember to try it as a latte as well.
I’ve had this in my cupboard for a while, but this is the first time I can recall trying it. The box is open, though, so maybe I’m wrong about that. Anyway, I’m kind of assuming that this tea is what I’ve got – it’s the bagged version called Cinnamon Spice, but it’s essentially cinnamon flavoured black.
The dry leaf smells reassuringly of cinnamon, exactly like a freshly opened pot of the ground up spice. There’s actually quite a lot of dust in the little packet it was wrapped in, so maybe that’s what it’s actually flavoured with. In that case, no surprises. Brewed, this smells almost exactly the same as it does dry. There’s something in the scent that’s making me think of Butiki’s Cider Guayusa – it’s kind of earthy, and I imagine (but can’t actually remember) that they share cinnamon as an ingredient.
To taste, this is much more palatable than I expected. I didn’t brew it for the recommended 5 minutes, as I have no milk. I gave it about 3 minutes, and it’s a pretty dark brown, so I was expecting to taste Adagio’s black base a lot and maybe not much else. It’s not like that at all, though. Cinnamon is definitely the predominant flavour, and there’s something deeply earthy and maybe a tiny bit smoky-spicy in the background. I will try it with milk at home, because I think I’ll definitely prefer it like that. I’m getting on with this a lot better than I thought I would, though. I feel I’ve been spoilt for Adagio’s blends now by all the other kinds of tea I’ve tried and loved, so I can’t help but think I would have liked this a whole lot more earlier in my tea journey than I do now. It’s not bad, though, and it’s certainly one of the better Adagio flavoured blacks I’ve tried.
I actually drank most of this iced over the bank holiday weekend, but I managed to salvage a couple of cups worth to drink at work today. Iced, the main flavour is papaya, closely followed by hibiscus. I guess that’s understandable, but it seems to lack depth a little bit, given all of the fruit flavours that are in there. I’m hoping this will shine more hot!
Dry, it does smell irresistibly fruity. I can definitely pick out the papaya, passionfruit, mango and orange, and it just screams “tropical”. The summer we’ve been having so far hasn’t been all that wonderful, so it’s nice to have something sunny in my cup if nowhere else! Brewed, this has the tell-tale colour of hibiscus – the ubiquitous pinky-red. Thankfully, though, it doesn’t taste overwhelmingly of hibiscus. The mango contributes a pepperiness, which is very welcome, and cuts through the sweetness of the papaya and passionfruit. There’s a slight citrus tang that I assume is from the orange, and a tartness that’s almost certainly the hibiscus, but no one flavour really dominates. Of all the tropical fruit blends I’ve tried, this is one of the more convincing ones! It’s genuinely fruity and very refreshing. It’s a shame it seemed to lose some of its punch cold, but I’m more than happy to drink it hot – it’s how I prefer my tea anyway! Another great blend from Bluebird!