539 Tasting Notes
I hate this tea.
I don’t know if I’ve ever had a tea this terrible before. I cannot even bring myself to take more than a few sips. It just tastes weird. Sweet, kind of bitter, and has this sharp odd flavor I can’t pinpoint. I don’t know what to do with the rest of this box, but the trashcan is looking a bit inviting.
I’m so glad my tea samples arrived today! I thought they had been eaten by the post.
The bag this came in did not have a suggested temp. on it, so I just went with boiling water.
Dry, this smells very nice! I can smell the violet, which is the biggest reason I chose this one. Once brewed the base is very tasty, it reminds me of another gift tea which I have logged on here somewhere. The violet is very upfront. There are other flavors too that I cannot put my finger on, probably the rhubarb (I’ve never had it!). This is a really great dessert tea and I can’t wait to brew this again.
I’ve come to really love this tea. It really helps calm my stomach when it’s feeling upset. This is, as I’ve said, a no-nonsense tea. All the flavors are very sharp and in your face, especially the lemon balm. But there are also notes of black tea, nuts, and chocolate competing for the spotlight. I would definitely buy this again.
sipdown! The tea-cupboard cleaning has been a hit so far and today I plan on working with my samples. I am planning on doing a handful of steeps with this one.
I love the color of the liquor; light olive tan.
The main flavors have been chocolate and barley notes. Feels quite thick on the tongue, but smooth and not bitter at all. This is one of my very favorite plain black teas. Perfect for getting that caffeine boost for drawing.
I’ve always been iffy about this one. The flavors are very strong, but aren’t really what I was looking for. The carrot/apple in this is very up front; which was always pretty surprising. I like this one much more cold than warm because it tones it down just a bit.
I only had one of these left and I will be steeping it quite a few times so I can get the most out of it.
This tea is very light, but the pineapple is really great. The greatest disappointment with these were that the amount of flavoring seemed really spotty. I had a few that were very intense and others that felt flat. I think that because of this I would never buy the blooming teas at full price. If you find them on sale though, I would suggest at least trying one of Teavana’s flavors just for novelty.
I am really sad to be out of this one. It has always reminded me drinking a cookie. I liked this one because it was so uncomplicated. I can’t believe that it lasted so long in my cupboard. But I do plan on ordering this one again at some time in the future because it is (a) so tasty and (b) such a good deal. The tins on the 2012 zodiac set are so beautiful and the perfect size for keeping my art supplies in. The cost is so minimal for them too.
I am making an effort to clean out my tea cupboard, as it has just become a mess. I am trying to drink the ones with little left in them first.
Onto the tea! This has been in my cupboard for a long time because it really isn’t my favorite blend. The rooibos in this mix really isn’t my favorite. But it is pretty good for an herbal and you do get a lot of it. So I’m a bit torn to say the least. If you enjoy grapefruit and rooibos, then this would be a great blend for you!
Ouch. I seem to have woken up with a “book hangover.” As in I stayed up until 2am finishing The Secret History and then couldn’t sleep because omg. I’m really hoping the caffeine kick in this is enough to brighten me up a bit!
I really love the chocolate chai from Adagio, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to assume that this would be pretty good. I couldn’t taste the chocolate as much as I was hoping. I’m not a big chocolate+orange person, but it is nice once in awhile. I’m not sure it needed the cream, but it isn’t unwelcome.
Having this right after some chocolate. It was not my favorite. I mean, who puts freeze dried raspberries in chocolate anyways? shakes head I should’ve picked up another Dagoba lavender bar. They’re amazing.
Back to tea! Well, This smells very nice dry, I can smell a bit of cinnamon and the caramel. Other than that, mainly smells of black tea. Once steeped it is pretty intense in the pu’erh department. And just a bit oily (a thing I tend to not like). But this tastes quite good! I like pu’erh quite a bit and the other flavors are there just enough to make it taste really rich. It isn’t hiding the pu’erh at all and I think that’s a great thing about this one