1496 Tasting Notes
I thought I’d try more of a medicinal tea today. Though I’m not sure how a tea could help your kidneys. This did taste a bit medicinal. Like most Yogi teas, there is a lot of ginger, ginger, ginger. Which I don’t like. I’m not a fan of ginger. But the pepper and the cinnamon almost made it like a chai cookie or something. There certainly isn’t a peach flavor. My tongue is kind of buzzing with pepper right now, probably because I drank the last gulp at the bottom of the cup. Not a complete gross out medicinal tea, but I don’t know how much it will detox. Compared to what? I wish Yogi would make non-ginger teas.
I invented this with Design A Tea’s awesome concept of adding two flavors to a base tea of black, oolong, rooibos or green. You can create two teabags that they send you for $2 shipping. I don’t know if I just made a not-so-great flavor combination or what. It’s okay, but nothing spectacular. The steep color is almost like an apple juice, which is fitting I guess. I can’t really taste an oolong flavor, which means it is probably very light. The apple flavor is subtle. And I can’t tell if there is much of a pecan flavor. The second steep is just as flavorful as the first. Do apple and pecan really go well together anyway? I don’t know what I was thinking, but I’ve been on the lookout for a really good apple tea if anyone has any ideas.
I didn’t steep this at a very high temp OR for very long but the color was very dark — almost like a coffee. It doesn’t taste or smell like a chai OR a rooibos. It has a very perfumey taste. No spices at all that I can taste. And the red tea isn’t really like a red I’ve had before. So basically it didn’t seem like a rooibos or a chai… just very perfumey. I wonder what they put in it?
This tea doesn’t seem like a black tea. I steeped it a WHILE and the tea color was barely brown. I don’t really love the flavor… it seems kind of oaty. The flavor is a bit floral. But I can’t really describe the flavor otherwise. Also, the tea leaves themselves didn’t seem too consistent. I’m not sure, but if it is one type of tea, shouldn’t the leaves all look the same? Another disappointing tea from Teavana. I’d rather order from less expensive, better quality tea companies in the future. Even on sale I don’t think I’d buy this again.
This was included in an amazing free sampler package from Teavivre. Check them out! So it is a little foil package that contains enough tea for a few infusers full. (Well i see other reviewers here using an entire package, but my infuser isn’t that big!) Then there is another plastic piece holding the tea, as this is sticky with honey. It’s a bit diffiult to get the tea into the infuser, but I find clamping the infuser onto a bit of the bag and sliding the bag out works well! SInce this is an oolong, I can get multiple steeps out of this:
The sent of the dry leaves aren’t overly honey-like but they are sweet. The steep color is a nice yellow. Oolongs have the most diverse flavor, ranging from a mild, floral, peachy to a stronger flavor. I think this one is in the mid-range of flavor strength. It has a nice floral sweet flavor. but isn’t a mild one. Again, the honey isn’t too present. The lack of honey is kind of disappointing, as it was one of the reasons I wanted to try it. If you try it not expecting much out of the honey, it is still an amazingly delicious oolong. The directions say 212 degrees, but I like gettiing the temp a little lower, especially on the first steep (so that the flavor can be stronger the second steep!)
Second steep: I may have kept the infuser in a little too long this time, but it’s still good. This steep it seems more floral and less sweet. The flavor is more pronounced.
I almost want to go back and start giving my oolong teas a flavor strength rating… where a one would be light and floral and peachy and a 10 would be a bolder flavor… maybe I’m the only one who will know what I’m talking about?? But really, it all depends on the temp and the steep time. Even the same leaves will result in entirely different cup.
I don’t think I put enough tea in my infuser! I don’t have much of this and I wanted to get what little I have to last a few cups. This is the first 52teas I’ve tried! I really would love to try them all. But like I said, I didn’t put much tea in the infuser, so I don’t think I gave it a fair chance. The rooibos steeped is more of an orange color instead of a red, so that’s the first hint. I don’t taste much of an apricot flavor here, but there is another flavor I can’t place. It’s a sweet silky flavor that lingers. I hope I can try others from 52teas in the future!
I love the smokiness of a russian tea. I guess that is the main characteristic of a “russian” tea. I usually can’t keep my russian teas with my other teas — they smell that strong. This one is more of a mild scent and flavor. It isn’t too smoky, so it could be for someone who wants to try a smoky tea and then if you like it you could try a stronger one. (The Choice Russian Caravan is pretty strong for a tea bag — one of the couple I’ve tried.) But with this one, the flavor isn’t even that strong for a black tea. It’s still good though, just mild. Maybe I should have steeped it longer and at a higher temperature.
This is my last cup of this, so let’s see if we can’t add anything else:
The coconut is subtle, which is a good thing, because sometimes the coconut gets too strong and has a sickly chemical taste to me. Maybe that is just artificial coconut in other teas but in this one it is good. It helps the banana flavor be more banana I think. I don’t see any cornflower blossoms in the bit of tea I steeped (about a teaspoon and a half). This is a nice sweet and creamy tea. There was a big ol banana chip in my steep. But again, the black tea isn’t strong, but if it was it wouldn’t help the banana stand out. This tea is good! I think I’ll up the rating a bit.
I LOVE chocolate raspberry combos. The best dessert I ever had was a chocolate cheesecake with fresh from the market raspberries and chocolate sauce. ANYWAY, this is really good. It’s a mild chocolate flavor with a sweet raspberry with a base of a delicious earthy mate. The scent of raspberry seems more present than the flavor though. But all the flavors work really well together. It’s smooth and creamy and tastes like you’re eating a dessert. I didn’t add any sort of sweetener but it was still very good. Bonus: I’ve heard mate has brain boosting powers (and don’t I need it). Fusion Tea Room really puts a lot of effort in their blends, you can tell! (Their pistachio lime mate seems especially inspired.) I received this in a package of a few free samples from Fusion Tea Room, so track them down and they may send some to you!