I can definitely smell & taste the peach but the ginger doesn’t come through at all. I tried adding some cinnamon honey and the tea even swallowed up that flavor. All in all, pretty ‘meh’.
76 Tasting Notes
My aunt gave me a bag of this after her trip to the UK. It has an aroma that I can’t quite place but it’s an interesting/good smell. Maybe malty? It has a very light floral taste that you can easily miss. It’s also pretty harsh tasting. Sugar & milk do nothing to help this tea.
This smells more like chocolate than vanilla before brewing. It makes a nice dark amber cup and loses most of the chocolate smell and gains some vanilla but not as much as I had thought. It does have a vanilla flavor but it’s almost an afterthought. I think this might require some playing with as other people have suggested.
Yup, it definitely smells like fruitloops. It tastes of lemon. And something else that I’m assuming is the chamomile (I’ve never had a chamomile tea before). It’s much smoother than I thought it would be and surprisingly not bad. I could see myself drinking this again.
I love the way this tea smells dry. It’s like warm spiced apple cider. And it doesn’t seem to lose that aroma upon brewing. And it actually has a recognizable tangy, apple-y taste. The cinnamon doesn’t come through until after the tea has been swallowed but it’s definitely there. I think with a little sweetener this could actually be a pretty decent tea.
This smells sort of like white chocolate before brewing. After it tastes more like I dunno. Crappy chocolate? Though it still smells like chocolate.
I love this tea in the morning. It’s a robust tea with some earthy/toasty notes. It has a good mouth feel to it.
Definitely smells of peaches as it sits in it’s hot water bath. Plain it doesn’t taste of anything much right away but sort of has a peachy flavor at the back of the mouth. After throwing some Sugar in the Raw in the cup, I can’t say that’s helped it any. The best thing I can say about this is that I didn’t buy it.
For a bag tea, this isn’t bad. It isn’t as harsh as one might expect from a bagged tea. I’m not sure I’d ever buy this for use at my house but I’d definitely order it from restaurants that carry it.
I don’t know why I bought this. It’s flavored and it’s a bag tea. I must be entering another experimental phase. But that’s nothing to do with the tea. It does smell rather ‘tangy’ but I dunno if it’s actually pomegranate. It has a mildly fruity taste but again, it’s sort of nondescript. It’s not the worst flavored tea I’ve had but it’s certainly not the best, either.
Before steeping this tea smells very fruity and a little sweet. But it’s not quite overpowering. It brews up a lovely red color and loses some of the aroma but not all. It does taste fruity but not overly so. A very little of the mintyness comes out at the end. Being that I don’t usually like fruit teas, I’m surprised by how good this is.
Drinking this with just a splash of milk and a little sugar. It’s a lovely bergamotty, slightly floral and very smooth tea. I don’t actually drink this often but every time I do I wonder why not.
Dry, this tea smells pretty malty. It brews up to a lovely dark amber, almost brown cup. It looses most of the maltyness and gains a wheaty smell. Which makes the smoothness of this tea kind of surprising. I was expecting something a bit more…harsh. At the back there’s just a hint of honey. All these smells and tastes come together to make a very good tea.
Tweak # 1. Added half a packet of Sugar in the Raw to see if that would help this any. It actually seems to have dulled the flavor somewhat. And the aroma. So that’s apparently not the answer. So do I try white sugar next or move onto something else…?
I love most things cherry and since someone brought a box of this into work, I figured I might as well give it a try. I was a bit hesitant as I haven’t had either bagged tea or an herbal in years. Walking down the hallway with the bag happily (or not so happily) brewing away I got a definite smell of cherries. I thought if it tastes as good as it smells I might have found the herbal I’ve been looking for. It does taste of cherry and…something else. Maybe that blackberry leaf someone else mentioned. It’s ok but it needs something. I might have to either commandeer this box or buy one of my own to experiment with.
Dry this tea smells very sweet. Overpoweringly so. It brews up to a very light colored cup and the sweet smell is virtually gone leaving something that might be rhubarb. But it doesn’t really taste like anything. Maybe this is because I used a TeaDrop and it needs a bit more attention. I’ll take it home and see if that improves it any.
This has a lovely toasty aroma. Brews up a nice amber color. I don’t think this comes close to being fruity but it is a nice medium bodied tea. If i let it sit in my mouth for a few seconds, some earthiness seems to come out. It’s a great tea for everyday drinking.
This Darjeeling smells a little sweeter than the ones I’m used to. It’s a little drying in the mouth and has a faintly sweet flavor. I do love the little built in infuser bit. It’s cute & clever and makes this a great tea for travel.
This is the only mate I’ve found that I like. Sadly, Vitala Tea no longer exists. This tea has been in my cupboard for a long time but it’s lost none of it’s flavor. It has a lovely spicy note that I’ve not found anywhere else and has a full mouth feel to it. It’s an awesome ‘tea’ that I wish I could get more of.
Bought a sachet of this when we were out this last weekend. Normally, I don’t like flavored tea but couldn’t resist the vanilla/grapefruit combo. The smell of this tea upon opening the packet was almost enough to put me off. It was sort of sickeningly sweet. I can taste the grapefruit and the vanilla is more a smell I get when drinking. I was really hoping I could add this to my list of ‘must haves’ from Harney but alas! ’Tis not to be.
Dry, the tea has a lovely ‘tea’ aroma. It’s all black and brown bits. The cup brews up a lovely amber color and loses none of the tea smell. It’s a light tasting tea with just a touch of dryness at the back of the mouth. I love this tea because it’s so good and it’s not going to break the bank. This is one tea that’s always in my cupboard and at work.
I don’t normally buy flavored tea and I didn’t buy this one. My mom saw it when she was at Ikea and got it for me since I love rhubarb. It does smell very rhubarb-y upon opening the package. I don’t smell the vanilla at all. After brewing, the rhubarb calms down and something that might be vanilla comes out. But the taste is all rhubarb. Not a bad thing but vanilla might be nice, too, since it’s in the name.
Caspian Bistro isn’t actually a tea store. It’s a little Greek restaurant on the U of MN campus. But they sell their house tea, which I used to love. I couldn’t get enough of the stuff. I usually buy the tea a few containers at a time since I live 200 miles away. And this last time it seems like they changed the recipe. Dry, the tea smells overwhelmingly fruity. Almost knocks me out. Brewing it up doesn’t help much. It’s still too fruity for my taste. But it’s a very complex tea with a lot going on. I can taste most of the things listed in different parts of my mouth. If they’d go back to their old recipe I could be in heaven once again. As is, it’s very ‘meh’.
I was afraid of this tea for a long time because it looks like the tea you’d find in tea bags. And it has the same smell. But I finally got brave and tried it a couple of weeks back and it’s not bad. It’s quick to brew up because of the tiny leaves. And it’s a very dark cup. It is indeed a smooth tea with lots of flavor and depth. But it’s not my favorite tea. It’s ok but nothing special.