406 Tasting Notes
I got a sample of this tea in my order. I was intrigued by an earl grey with additional fruity flavor, since I’ve liked mixed earl greys in the past (ex. Paris by H&S). This is pretty good. The mango flavoring isn’t my favorite, but it kind of rounds out the bergamot. It’s kinda sharp though. The black tea base is pretty smooth. I think, if you like citrus flavored teas, this is a good one.
This tea just doesn’t quite make it for me. I put off reviewing it because I’ve had residual congestion from a mild flu I had about 2 weeks ago, and thought I wasn’t tasting anything too well. By now, I’ve had quite a few cups of this tea, and it just isn’t quite right. There’s a nice banana flavor, and it’s sweet, but it doesn’t cry bananas foster to me. I even added some brown sugar, but it isn’t really doing anything to accentuate the flavor. Today it turned out a bit bitter/astringent, and I only steeped it for 3 minutes at 185 degrees. I also feel like my mood is turning toward more natural teas…seems to happen occasionally, but it could be messing with the appeal of this tea at this moment. Overall, I think I prefer Frank’s hot, buttered banana bread tea to this one.
This was a big hit at my tea with friends today. I made it in my new clear teapot, and the color was so beautiful!!! I wish I had taken a picture. Everyone really enjoyed it, and it went great with the little almond cookies my friend brought from her local Italian bakery.
We also enjoyed caramel oolong by DTT, and dolce vita by RiverTea, with our tea sandwiches and scones. I made the favorite Jamaican banana scones. I wanted to try a new recipe from my Tea Time magazines, but my friend specifically requested those. We also enjoyed the usual cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, and a new favorite: goat cheese, onion, and artichoke sandwiches. It was a great way to spend a Sunday!! :)
Wow, I haven’t posted in 15 days! Seems like forever. I got sick a week ago and felt like crap, so there wasn’t much tea drinking going on. Turns out, I drank more herbals, which is usually my least favorite tea. Overall, though, I didn’t really have the energy or the desire to make tea much. I’m back and feeling better, although it’s taking longer to recover than I expected. I had like a mild flu, which is annoying since I had the flu shot. Oh well.
So, I got this tea before I got sick, and decided to wait until I was better to post about it. This chai kind of confuses me. The dry leaf smells heavenly, like a sweet caramel-y chai. The brewed tea, however, is not as sweet. Actually, some days are better than others, but most of the time, there is a really strong spice overpowering the tea. I think it’s the cardamom. I usually like cardamom in chai, but this one is hitting me wrong.
Today, I’m having some friends over for tea! Woohoo! So excited! And this time, I only have to make the scones! :)
Was persuaded by a tasting note by pyarkaaloo to have another cup of this tea this morning. Funny how reading a tasting note can really make you crave a tea. ;) My tin is getting low, but not quite yet a sipdown. This is still pretty much my one and only favorite tea from Harney & Sons. It’s complex and delightful.
It’s raining, a lot, and that’s a good thing because the big D-word became a reality over here, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough…they said it would have to rain straight until May to make up for our water supply debt this year. Anyhoo, it makes me just want to sit inside with a cozy cup of tea, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. Might go see the Lego movie later…yes, I’m one of those dorky adults that loves Lego. You can’t deny the great reviews though!
I drank a cup of this tea yesterday, but found that adding sugar kinda ruins it for me. It was way too sweet, which I didn’t really think would ever be a problem for me, since I have quite the sweet tooth! ;) The only other time I had that problem was when I accidentally poured an avalanche of sugar into a cup of blueberry cream cheese danish tea by 52teas. I think with this tea, the little meringue hats provide more than enough sweetness, so today I’m enjoying a cup without sugar.
The raspberry in this tea reminds me very much of lipton’s raspberry iced tea, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. When eating out in years past I always went for that iced tea instead of soda, but now I pretty much only drink water.
I think overall. It’s an enjoyable raspberry tea. It might be a good candidate for iced tea also.
It’s raining, so we can’t go running. Glad it’s raining though, because we need it bad! Guess there’s more time for tea today!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I knew it was going to be amazing when I smelled the dry leaf last night, and it was so hard not to make a cup last night, but I knew I better wait on the caffeine. To me, this is a chocolate chai done right. There are so many chocolate chai’s where you don’t taste chocolate at all, or in the case of the Starbucks chocolate chai, taste like chocolate soap….ewwww! This one is perfect!
I also have a hard time with chocolate flavored teas, since most don’t taste right to me, but the chocolate in this tea goes perfectly with the spices. I have to admit, I made sure to include a chocolate chunk in the leaf I used for this cup. Hopefully the chocolate flavor translates even when you don’t get a chunk in your cup.
On the spices, they are delicious! I love star anise, as shown by my love for DavidsTea’s Ceylon Star, which I think they are getting rid of (nooooo!). Well, in that case, I think I just found a substitute in this tea!
Overall, I’m very impressed with RiverTea, and this is only the first one I’ve tried! On to the next!!
I sipped this down today. It was pretty darn good, and I wouldn’t mind picking more up at some point, but it’s probably seasonal, so no more until next year. That’s actually a good thing because I’m on a “I want lots of new teas to try” kick lately, rather than a “I want to restock favorites and always have them around” kick.