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314 Tasting Notes
Oh boy, this tea has character! Upon opening my sample packet, I was surprised on how fragrant the leaves were! Peppery, bready, peaty and herbal. Once steeped, the taste is bold, smoky and very peppery! On cooldown the earthiness asserts itself. Very smooth too—no bitterness and not much astringency. I guess you could call this a “piquant” breakfast blend?
(I added just a bit of milk)
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This tea looks very light with an appealing toasty aroma. I think I’m detecting “toastiness” a lot in my teas, nowadays. Maybe I’m just reacting to the warmness of the water? But in any case, this tea does, initially, seem very “toasty” to me. I think toasty is tasty, so that’s good. On first sip, I taste buttery gardenias….yummy! On subsequent sips, I’m reminded of GM’s Coconut Pouchong sans coconut. This must be the “oolong” aspect. It’s almost like roasted green tea mixed with steamed banana leaves and white flowers. The aftertaste is very orchid-like.
This is good but if I were to rate the GM oolongs (on personal preference), it would definitely be Coconut Pouchong first, Sugar Caramel Oolong second and this third.
Finishing up the last of my pouch! I added milk and it’s smooth and creamy. What a tasty afternoon treat.
Goodbye White Chocolate Cashew Black Tea! You were a delight!
I’m finding myself drinking this a lot for someone who doesn’t like rooibos! It must be the yummy sweet coconut flavor. It’s comforting and warm and it kind of makes me feel calm and sleepy. Very good for nighttime.
Upping the score again!
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Tastes like unsweetened soymilk!
Barest hint of molasses-like sweetness.
Green tea is a bit bitter and astringent. “Standard” green tea characteristic, I think.
Very toasty flavor. The scent is like roasted soybeans.
Strangely satisfying and refreshing, this morning.
I added a little bit of milk to this and the almond flavor is greatly enhanced! Without milk, the taste is like a mild amaretto. But with milk, the almond turns wonderfully creamy! This is less sweet then Almond Cookie and non-bakery. It reminds me of those egg-white, Italian almond-puff like things. Like a bittersweet almond. The black tea base is mild and softly astringent.
This is actually pretty delicious. I’m glad I bought it at such a great deal! I may “splurge” on even more! I think this is a very good “everyday” flavored black tea.
Drinking the last bits of this today. This was a good, personal, memory-evoking blend for me, while it lasted—but it wasn’t perfect. If I can reblend this flavor now, I would not use this mild Ceylon base, but a nice, strong Assam or Keemun. The high rating was purely due to subjective reflections on my own carefree youth!
Farewell Clotted Cream!
Taken with a bit of milk, this is a yummy, strong blend. There is a fair amount of mouth-puckering astringency that’s softened by the milk. But it’s not unpleasant and gives a nice “bite”. The brewed aroma is mouthwatering roasty and malted—almost cocoa-like (but I don’t taste cocoa).
A pretty good, satisfying breakfast blend!
Hmm..this does not seem as yummy at work today. The flavor seems curiously flat and sleepy. Wake up flavors!! I know it’s the water—it’s not hot enough. The hot water spigot at our water cooler tops out at 190. Definitely not hot enough. This needs to be steeped in boiling water (a “roaring boil”) to realize its full potential. I need my own hot water kettle for my desk!
How sad—I was looking forward to toasty Almond Cookie comfort today!
Lowering my score a bit for this tasting. :(
This is absolutely delicious !!!! It’s toasty, doughy, almond cookie deliciousness!!! I’m so happy this is in my life now. :P
No, seriously. I am. This is like almond croissants in a cup. Or almond biscotti. Or cinnamon toast with giant dollop of almond butter. All that delicious stuff is in my tea right now.
I can swear now—that any tea seller who sells anything remotely almond cookie-like is reselling this. I think this is the original. It’s sooo inexpensive—only $5.95 for 4 oz! This has to be the original!! And it’s so yummy, it can’t not be.
Almond-lovers, you must have SpecialTeas’ “Almond Cookie” in your tea repetoire. Your life is incomplete without it.
(wanders off in an almond cookie induced haze of happiness)
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You know, I have to admit this is really not too bad. The coconut flavor is nicely rich and sweet and satisfyingly dessert-like.
Of course, I can still detect the rooibos quite strongly and it’s its usual “pipe tobacco” self. But I made this stronger than normal, using two and a half heaping teaspoonfuls in 12 oz. and it’s pretty tasty….in a “rooibos” way. So, I’m upping the score a bit.
I would love this flavor in a regular tea!
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Today, this tastes like very soft, slate-y peat moss. The “slate-y” aspect is pronounced. It’s very much how I imagine rain-soaked granite to taste like. There’s this stone-like, almost sandy (but not gritty), lichen and clover flavor.
Yes, this is very soft and slate-y. Not getting too much brine or earth, right now.
I brewed this super-strong and added lots of milk. It’s very delicious, of course. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.
As usual, Thomas can do no wrong!
But he’s almost gone! Just a few teaspoons left in the tin. Maybe Simple Leaf’s Mountain Malt can replace him?
Hmmm….Ginger Chicken with Asparagus?? ;)
Actually, no that was just my initial impression—it’s the steamed ginger scent that’s throwing me off a little bit. But this does taste kind of “brothy” to me. I’m not detecting any sweetness like the description implies.
This is definitely a warming cup of tea and seems soothing to the stomach. But I guess it’s the white tea I’m not favoring too much. Very faint and tannic.
A sort of “anemic” tea that’s been invigorated by ginger.
The more I sip, I can’t help thinking that this reminds me of chicken soup! There’s this noodle restaurant near me that serves the best chicken noodle soup and they put a lot of ginger in it. So, I think this would be very good if you have a cold….kind of like a tea equivalent of “chicken soup”, I guess?
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I deliberately overbrewed this using boiling water and keeping the leaves steeped in my travel mug—and it still tastes wonderful! The flavor is deliciously toasty and potent but the overall effect still manages to be bright and creamy. There is briskness toward the end, but no bitterness!
This is a very easy-going tea. It seems I can’t go wrong with it.Jasmine Green really is a star!
(instead of a demanding, high-maintenance diva :) )
I drank this all day yesterday (one teaspoon in 12 oz. lasted me up to three infusions each). Its sweetness really help curb my trips to the office candy jar at work. But, in a moment of weakness, I actually fished out all the white chocolate chips out of the packet and ate them! :P
I’m happy to say that the the lack of chips does not affect the flavor at all. They’re there just for looks, really.
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