507 Tasting Notes
Received my monthly tea package from Frank a few days ago and decided to try some out this morning. I think I’ll be mailing 3 of the 4 out without even tasting them first, but for one I don’t like any of the ingredients, for another I am pretty sure I won’t like it either, and the 3rd I’m allergic to. So there’s that. But then there is this tea.
The smell when you open the package is amazing. It smells so good! I need a candle with this smell so I can scent my whole room with it. I could sit here huffing this tea for a long time, but I won’t because that would be weird looking.
The smell dies down as it is brewed and the liquid tea has some smell, but the black tea in the smell is more prominent than the raspberry or cream now. And the taste, divine! Ah, this is raspberry and cream…or anything and cream really, done right. The raspberry flavour is definitely the ‘natural’ flavour it says on the package because it seriously does taste like an actual raspberry! A raspberry candy in my drink because I added sugar to bring out the taste and boy it did! The cream is creamy and I made it even more creamy by adding milk and I think this tea is really good with milk and sugar. It would probably be good iced as well, for those who like iced tea. I have never met an iced tea that I have liked so I tend to stay out of that. But anyway, this tea is really really good and I’m now off to Frank’s website to see if there are any left.
Trying this even though my mouth is contaminated with too spicy freezer pizza. I can smell cinnamon and apple in the brewed tea and that’s making me a bit reluctant to take a sip. I am not a fan of cinnamon at all.
And it definitely tastes of far too much cinnamon for my tastebuds. I’m quite impressed with the apple flavour though. It actually tastes like apple rather than just ‘sourish fruit’ taste. I just wish it weren’t paired with cinnamon, though I know it’s fairly common to do that in baked goods. The peach flavour really only lends itself to tasting some over the top fruity flavour which is not doing this tea any favours either. Don’t like. Glad I only had the one sample.
I got into work an hour early this morning because I have to leave early for a doctor appointment and of course the cafeteria isn’t open at this hour so I couldn’t get milk for my tea. I typically take most black teas with milk because I like the creamier taste and feel better than just plain. This first mug of my pot, I am drinking without milk. It tastes…sharper. Heavier. Just all around more strong and also quite a bit more…sour I guess is the word I’m looking for. I don’t enjoy the lingering aftertaste as much as normal.
Made this up because it’s my fifth pot of tea for the day and although 2 others have been herbal also, I really don’t need any more tea today. But I’m having some anyway.
I’m not sure how much I’m going to like this one. I don’t know what “luxury” rooibos means but I don’t like teas with a strong rooibos flavour, I’m not a fan of blueberries in general, and I remain undecided on lavender. Have to wait until it cools off to try it. I did sweeten it because my last cup of tea was unsweetened and I didn’t like it as much as the one before it that was.
This tea is…surprisingly good. The blueberry actually makes me like it in this and the lavender is quite good. I don’t pick up much of the rose or anything though, mostly lavender and blueberry and rooibos, which isn’t obnoxiously strong either. Pretty good. I might order this again.
There is a LOT going on with this tea. It’s very pretty and steeps up a nice yellow-brown colour. I can mostly taste the chamomile and hibiscus and rose, though the rest is faintly present in a come-and-go fashion. I don’t properly know what a lot of the ingredients taste like separately so I can’t really tell you if some of them come out specifically or not. I don’t actually see the aloe vera in the ingredient list unless it is under the ‘flavouring’ heading.
This is a nice tea, though I would consider it faintly medicinal due to all of the ‘good for you’ ingredients in it. A decent herbal blend for the days when you want something complex and caffeine-free.
Got some of this from The Tea Sipper in trade, so trying it out.
I agree with most of the posters that I really don’t get much flavour out of this, mostly faintly in the aftertaste but it doesn’t linger. What I do taste doesn’t really do anything for me. I’m not sure if it’s that I don’t really like the black base or what, but something just seems a bit off in this tea for me. Can’t say I like it much at all.
Trying this one now, my last sample from the Nina’s Paris catalogue. The cherry flavour in this is a bit overwhelming to me. It’s really really there, and I can taste hints of rose too but it’s very faint. The cherry on the other hand, I mostly taste the sour cherry, which is fine, I love sour cherries, but it’s faintly artificial tasting to me and although it doesn’t taste exactly like a cough drop, it does remind me of one. That sounds more terrible than it is, really. I like this some, but not a lot. Glad I got to try it, but I won’t be ordering it.
Got this sample from Nina’s Paris during their sample promotion. Just enough for one oversized mug, plus another steep after as soon as I finish this cup.
This is SO STRAWBERRY! And in a good way, not that terribly artificial stuff that plagues a lot of strawberry tasting teas. This is really good! I was a bit disappointed with my first Nina’s tea, but this one totally makes up for it, and I heard that it resteeps well too, though I haven’t tried it yet. But I will in a few minutes! This tea is pretty brilliant. I pick up faint hints of vanilla, but mostly just strawberry and that’s interesting, but not a bad thing. Mostly the vanilla just leaves a creamy edge to the taste. I approve of this tea.
Having this again, though I brought it into work this time for some tastiness at work. Good way to get a nice taste in my mouth. First steep came out very burnt-caramel with hints of vanilla and I’m steeping it a second time right now.
Drinking the second steep right now, I think, for the first time ever that I have experienced in flavoured black teas, that the second steep is better than the first. The first steep, the caramel flavour was overwhelming. Nice, but a bit POW IN THE FACE and tongue and the second steep, the flavours are a bit more nicely balanced and delicate. Overall, this a tea that holds up well to two steeps, though I won’t go for more than that.
I think I got this sample from momo but I’m not entirely sure. I opened the envelope from her last week and then it got mixed with other stuff.
Anyway, I didn’t realize this was a pu-erh tea. Generally I do NOT like pu-erh teas, but I haven’t tried a flavoured one before now so this may be what the doctor ordered. Possibly a gateway drug into the world of pu-erh? I had another sample of this directly from The Persimmon Tree, but since I got this sample from my trader friend, I sent that one off to someone else. The sample I got was just enough for a normal sized pot for me, maybe a little weaker than it nominally would be, but that’s not a bad thing.
I’m drinking this now and while the coconut and cacao work well together and taste good, I’m still not liking the base tea very much. It adds a flavour to the taste and especially to the aftertaste that is musty and earthy and very pu-erh if that makes sense and it’s just not to my taste. It is an interesting tea though. Definitely weaker than I might be expecting otherwise but I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to finish this pot. Just had a big gulp and it made the pu-erh flavour worse.
Glad I got to try this but it just confirmed my feelings on pu-erh tea.