403 Tasting Notes
I’m not a huge fan of most green teas, yet. I say yet, because I hope someday to be more fond of them. I’m also not big on most apple-flavored teas. So why did I get this? It smelled amazing! That’s why! I was actually surprised how much I liked this. I think I prefer it to the apple cider-like teas. It must be the lack of orange. I didn’t get much of a pie crust note, but the apple is a nice baked apple flavor. Pretty darn delicious! Oh, and it helps that you can’t taste the green tea much. Ha!
Had another one of our chai outings with my coworkers today. This chai is so different than any other chai I’ve had. It’s really sweet. Makes me wonder how much sweetener they add, but it’s delicious! And peppery too! I was wondering today if anyone has bought this tea to make at home, and whether or not it tasted the same. Anyone?
One more awesome thing was that they are having a promotion, where a cup of tea to go is cheaper than usual! Nice!
I’ve never had buttered rum, but this mix of flavors sounded delicious, so I had to try it! This tea is sooooo creamy and sweet. It’s also kinda rummy! Surprise, surprise! Haha. It also has a sweet coconut flavor to it, so I’m thinking its kinda like coconut rum! Not bad! I think this tea would be particularly awesome on a cold icky day. It does have a little artificial note to it, but who cares, it’s good! Definitely takes care of a sweet tooth!
Okay, so I was a little worried I was going to regret having mate instead of my beloved black tea first thing in the morning, but this was pretty good! I haven’t tried a lot of mate, so I’m still a newbie, but this one had a nice complexity of flavor, and a good thickness to it. Mate always smells and tastes like banana chips to me, and I don’t think I’m the only one, based on the reviews I’ve read. I could taste banana, chocolate, some nuttiness, and maybe a little raspberry in the aftertaste. I think the thickness was just perfect, making it more like black tea. I didn’t feel like I got a huge jolt of caffeine, so I’m not sure if this woke me up or not, but I’m glad I didn’t get all crazed. I really did enjoy it, and I think it will be a nice occasional alternative to my morning black tea! All thanks to the DavidsTea sales guy, who kindly gave me some for free! How awesome is that?!
I don’t know, guys…
This one doesn’t quite make it for me. Bummer! I was expecting pumpkin pie, and I got more chai than I wanted. I think there’s too much cinnamon, and not enough pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor also reminds me of Della Terra’s chocolate pumpkin pie, but without the chocolate. Truthfully, I think I like Republic of Tea’s pumpkin spice better. I can’t believe I’m saying that! I mean, those are teabags! Ha! But those taste more like pumpkin pie to me. I’ll give this another try with the stovetop method and some brown sugar, and we’ll see how that goes.
This was the fall tea I was really excited to try, but kind of worried based on less than stellar reviews so far. It smells amazing. Like advertised, it smells like spice cake and the smell is complex. It actually reminded me of those Christmas decoration stores…must be the clove and cinnamon. Honestly, someone should totally make a candle that smells like this tea!
Unfortunately, the taste of this tea does not deliver what the smell promises. It is much more muted. As it cooled, I got more of a custard-like feel/taste, which was probably accentuated by the splash of soy milk I added. So, more like a spiced custard, than a spice cake. Overall, I’m not blown away, but it’s pretty good. I think the flavors are more winter-like though, so I might enjoy it more closer to that season.
I had a little too much fun at DavidsTea today. Picked up small amounts of all the fall teas, except the pistachio one (not a fan of mulberry leaves), and a few other teas I’ve been meaning to try. After picking up a half ounce of this tea, the sales guy persuaded me to try secret weapon, so I got some of that too. He was pretty awesome though…he gave me a free “sample” of chocolate rocket. I say that because it was a lot bigger than a sample! Must have had some random pre-packaged stuff to give away, or maybe I was just lucky! I ended up with quite the haul, and I still have three orders from other companies on their way! Oops! ;)
Anyway, I decided to try this one out first, and it did not disappoint! I really wasn’t sure what to expect, because there was all this talk about it tasting like chocolate, even though it’s not flavored that way. Surprisingly, this tea did not taste like chocolate to me, but rather, like toffee! And that is AOK with me! Yum! I also liked how the white tea lightens up what could be a heavy cup. I had it with a little sugar and a dash of milk and it was a perfect dessert tea. Definitely a winner!
My friend threw a bag of this tea in a humongous mug filled with ice for me the other day…a short cold-steep. It was quite refreshing. The mint was there, but not overpowering, and I could taste the cucumber too. It kind of reminded me of tea they serve when you go to a spa. Definitely good for a hot day!
Been drinking A LOT of this tea lately. I don’t think that 8.8 oz is going to last as long as I thought! My husband says our house smells like cake when I make this tea. Haha! I have two orders of other teas coming and I’m still planning on I picking up some of the new fall teas tomorrow at DavidsTea, so I’ll definitely have lots of new stuff to review! Yippee!