37 Tasting Notes
NAILED IT. I brewed this with the intention of trying it as an iced tea, then immediately turning it in to an alcoholic beverage (recipe below). As a tea, I would want to steep it less and maybe add one sugar. It was very tart and full-bodied, but not sour or rough on the palate.
As Sangria, it is PERFECT. If I wanted to have an alcohol-free Sangria, I would simply brew this and ice it.
How I made an awesome Sangria:
1/2 cup of Sangria (tea)
1/2 cup of Merlot
2oz of Sprite.
Serve over ice.
Next time, I want to try with a White Wine base. For the Sangria, I made it with 2 teaspoons in 5oz of water and steeped for 6 minutes. I let it cool in the fridge. No sugar added. It’s PERFECT!
How I acquired a sample of this tea is kind of interesting… I had really hoped to go see this play in Stratford with a friend, but couldn’t make it work financially, so I had to bail on her. I wanted to “apologize” for cancelling, so I mailed this to her and at least she could enjoy the tea. Naturally, before I sent it off, I stole a sample first :|
Now, to the tea… It was nice. Given the ingredients and aroma, it steeped exactly how I expected it would. It was citrusy. What struck me is that (in spite of knowing it is an herbal blend), I was absolutely convinced there is Yerba Mate in there. There isn’t, It just really tasted like a Mate with fruit to me… I wouldn’t buy it again, but I did think it was okay.
The first reviews of many teas I received from my SIL for Christmas. She works in a small tea shop and totally spoiled me. This one had a lot more Green teas blended-in than I expected, but it steeped more like a White. The liquor was a translucent, light gold colour and brewed beautifully. It wasn’t cream per se, but it was very smooth. The lemon wasn’t too tart. Certainly a tea I enjoyed.
If you’re looking for an Amaretto/Marzipan tea, THIS would be the one to try. I received this in a gift set with Berry Almond Amaretto and feel like perhaps they mis-named both blends. The aroma of both the leaves and the liquor is potent (and smell like Amaretto)and the infusion didn’t disappoint. It was fruity, lightly tart and nutty. I really enjoyed it hot. This is a blend I would LOVE to experiment with and try baking with it, however my hubby is allergic to nuts and I plan on keeping him around…
I didn’t know what to expect, but I was happy with what I got. It was well-rounded on the palate and neither too tart nor too sweet. I had this around Christmas and it felt right with the season. I received it in a gift set, but wouldn’t be able to buy again as my better-half is allergic to nuts. I would recommend it, though. It was great hot, seems like it would be nice iced, and would blend well with other teas.
I didn’t love this tea. It came in a gift set I got and it was much more coconut than chocolate (acknowledging that chocolate isn’t always prominent in tea to begin with). I would still give it a decent rating, because if I look past the coconut aftertaste I don’t like, the blend of Oolong and Mate was nice and it seems like a decent quality blend.
Another one my (non tea drinking) better-half loves! WIN! This tea also puts a dent in my “I don’t really like teas with coconut in them” theory… This is a light and fruity blend and the coconut makes it creamy as well. I enjoy it hot and iced. I would certainly buy it again. I didn’t get the same aftertaste I have gotten from other teas with coconut in them. This is the first blend that isn’t an herbal infusion that my hubby will drink, so that says a lot. I expected it to be slightly more tart based on the name, but I am happy with how it tastes.
This blend just may have converted my hubby to drinking iced teas all summer (he’s really not a tea drinker)! I haven’t had it hot yet, but as an iced infusion, it is so tasteful and refreshing! It is full-bodied, but not too tart for me. I have been making it with only one tsp of sugar (per 16 oz) which seems perfect for us. I served it at a BBQ we hosted, to other non-tea-drinkers, and it was a huge hit! Seems to be great for everyone and the Lime is a nice change from the ever-popular lemon blends.