1496 Tasting Notes
I love these little samples from Della Terra. I don’t like buying teas in large amounts since there are SO many varieties of teas out there, I could only drink a few cups of the same tea within a couple of years anyway. It’s really amazing that there are so many tea companies since not everyone drinks tea. I’m also very thankful that not just one or two companies owns the tea market (kind of like brand name soda), so that there are tons of choices out there!
Anyway, this is good! The steep color is an ambery light brown. Not much of a coconut or chocolate flavor…or flavor from the black tea itself. The coconut actually looks like fresher coconut pieces that I usually don’t see in a blend, so I’m not sure if that makes a tea taste like coconut anyway. And there weren’t too many tiny almond pieces in the blend, so the more noticable almond flavor must be from the added flavor and not the almonds themselves. Honestly, I would have prefered the almond be the most present flavor anyway! The second steep I completely forgot about, and steeped if for about a half hour. It wasn’t at all astringent after steeping so long OR when it was cooled.
thanks TeaEqualsBliss for including this in the trade! I’m on a tasting note spree — I just like adding them at once when I log in. If only more green teas were like this one, I would love them more! This has a very tasty green base. It is almost like an oolong flavor to me. The steep color is bright yellow. Very full and sweet. The blend I have doesn’t seem to have anything other than the green tea and a few safflowers, so I had no idea there was supposed to be peaches or orange peel here. But there is a sweetness to it that must be from fruit. Definitely no ginger flavor for me. I really wish there was more spice to it though, since that is barely there either! But I’d love this even if it were just the plain green leaves here.
ETA: Having a second cup, I don’t know how I missed the peach before! I guess I thought it was just part of its oolong-like flavor. Also, there is a creaminess to it, but I don’t know where that is coming from.
Thank you Amanda for including this one! I think Harney’s teas are either hit or miss for me, really in terms of how astringent they become when they cool down. I don’t know why I do that, since it probably indicates the quality of a tea rather than less quality. I have no idea, but since it is Harney, it probably indicates the quality of the tea. There are only a couple I’ve tried that get astringent, and I really don’t like that flavor. ANYWAY, this one doesn’t get astringent no matter how cool it gets! So it’s a hit (that reminds me of a Rilo Kiley song I love.) But I think it would be delicious anyway even if it gets astringent (so I don’t know where I was going with that anyway). But there IS a flavor of combined cherry, peaches and plums! The individual flavors are there, equally balanced. Wow! They aren’t kidding! All on a nice strong black tea base that somehow doesn’t overpower the delicate but definitely present fruity flavors. There was a wisp of bergamot and a sweetness to it as well. Add this to slowly growing pile of Harney teas I love (Paris, Vanilla Comoro & Hot Cinnamon Sunset!) I really wish their site would accept paypal…
I had to try more of Fusion’s chai teas since I tried their Caramel Chai Pu-erh and the aspect I loved most about it was the chai spices. They have a few chai blends: mate, rooibos, etc. Fusion sent me this one to try with my order. I love basil so I had to try this one! I guess I assumed that tulsi was more like a basil ( I’ve had another tulsi tea in the past and it was definitely basil) but I don’t find much basil flavor here. It is blended with a black tea and spices, so it might be hidden. But if you’re just looking at it as a chai, this stuff is GOOD. I don’t usually add milk to chai, but this one would taste great with it, since the flavors are so strong. The steep color is a nice deep brown. The black tea is like little pieces or chunks that look like little pebbles, rather than a “leaf”. The balance between the black tea and the spices is excellent. I’ll have to try it again to see if I find more basil in it. I steeped for 4 or 5 minutes instead of the recommended 3, and I’ll try to steep even less than that next time. But if this is just rated as a chai tea, this is amazing. I’d say it is the Fusion tea that I’ve tried with the most flavor!
This is certainly a rainbow of a blend! Wow, ten ingredients. I think it matters what ingredients you get in your infuser as to what this tastes like, since there are so many big flowers here. I tried to pack my infuser as much as possible. My steep color is a light green, though apparently it is supposed to be amber? The first taste I get is mint. I think there is a hint of the rosemary and lemon but it’s really a fresh and clean flavor. I’m not getting any of the flavor of any of the flowers or the pu-erh but maybe with so many flavors they are combining into one unique flavor! It seems to me like most teas would be “slimming” since you are drinking tea and not something with calories, but I like that this has a ton of other health benefits too. I’ll be trying this again since it seems every cup of this would be different (three of these flowers, four of these flowers… that sort of thing.) Thanks so much for the samples, Nature’s Tea Leaf!
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thanks Amanda for including this in your sample sale! I really wanted to try this one. Raspberries & chocolate are one of my favorite combinations. My sample looked mostly like black tea.. I didn’t see any chocolate pieces or raspberries, so I figured the flavor was infused in the black tea. But the ingredients list here is listing actual chocolate and raspberry pieces. I love that this is a mixture of black and rooibos teas – I really want to try more black/red blends. Infused, the color is a deep red, almost like it is a rooibos. The fragrance is a lovely chocolate raspberry. I don’t get any tangy raspberries in the flavor, only sweet! I’d say the chocolate flavor is tangier. The chocolate is of a bittersweet or dark variety (my favorite) which REALLY goes well with this base. I’m not sure where the chocolate ends and the black tea begins. It works really well together. There was no astringency at all, unlike the TeaGschwendner Lemon I tried a while ago that was so bitter it was almost impossible to drink as it cooled. This one is nice!
Tis the season for apple teas! This is one I get to sample from the sale Della Terra had. I don’t love this one as much as the Apple Cinnamon Yogurt. I love that there are two different kinds of apple here, but the flavor wasn’t as good as I hoped. There was some kind of flavor there I couldn’t place. The steep color actually looked like apple cider. I couldn’t taste much caramel either, except on the aftertaste. The black tea base was mild but I may have had most of the apples fall into my infuser. There was one chunk of apple that still had the skin on it! The first steep was for six minutes, the second steep had hardly any flavor. I like this one, but it could be better. I love the idea behind the blend though!
Thanks TeaEqualsBliss for including this one in our swap! I tried this one yesterday. The description says it’s a “China black tea” which tastes perfect with the perfect amount of pomegranate flavor! Not too sweet or too sour. The tea was never astringent, even while drinking it at the bottom after it was cold. I think I’ve reviewed at least one new tea a day for months now! Sheesh. It can’t possibly keep going though, can it? I love it though. And I’m amazed that anyone reads my tasting notes, as they are really just for reminding myself about these teas, really. Like I just looked up my notes on the ESP Emporium almond to see how much I thought it was like Joy’s Teaspoon almond. That sort of thing!
Thank you again Amanda for including this in your tea sample sale! I’m so excited I get to try so many 52Teas since I know they are sold fast! I LOVE pancakes. Pancakes are my favorite breakfasty food. I especially love putting yogurt and fruit on top. But this tea is of the syrupy variety! I like the black tea that 52Teas uses, since it isn’t so strong of a black tea that you can’t taste the amazing flavors that is the specialty of 52Teas. I usually like super flavored black teas, but I can go without the strong black tea for 52Teas! I was wishing for more flavor here than there is, but there is definitely a buttery bakey syrupy flavor. Also, it tasted better after drinking it with the sugary oatmeal I was eating for breakfast. I think I’ll have to start putting in just a tiny bit of sugar in each cup because it really brings out the flavor. But I feel like I already eat so much sugar. I don’t know. The flavor reminded me of the Zoomdweebie’s Maple Blueberry black tea which somehow I’m the ONLY person to write a tasting note for that one? How is that possible? That one is my favorite Zoomdweebies (of the few I’ve tried)! But the flavor here is delicious, I just wish there was more.
I adore this one! Wow! It is probably my favorite minty tea I’ve tried. It’s the perfect blend of chocolate and tons of mint leaves on a rooibos base. The mint is so cooling. I’d say the mint has more of a presence than the chocolate. But that is because there is tons of mint here. I thought I’d try this one since I have a headache and I’ve heard mint helps those dang things. It’s like those Andes candies or thin mint cookies! But honestly, I’d prefer this tea to the cookies, though those are good too! It tastes great when I let the last bit of the cup cool too. Thank you Zen Tea (zentealife.com) for the samples! Zen’s samples are very convicining. I’d love to buy some of this and the Energizing Chai I’ve tried from them. My stash has to go down a bit first! This will be my go-to mint tea FOR SURE, and I usually prefer spearmint to mint anyway. Like I said though — this is the best minty tea!