60 Tasting Notes
This smells and tastes just like honeydew. I’m not a big fan of the fruit, but the juice itself is good, and I’ve had my share of honeydew gum, and this has a nice flavor while not tasting artificial. I didn’t realize it was a green rooibos when it came in Tracey’s traveling tea box, because the predominant smell is honeydew, but it makes sense. I will have to try green rooibos by itself to know how it tastes. I think this tea tastes best cold. It’s almost like drinking honeydew juice.
Flavors: Honeydew, Sweet
This is a nice, quality leaf with a mild flavor and citrus taste without it being indistinguishable from orange or lemon or too perfume-y. I received the box in the mail today. I was starting to wonder when I would receive it, but it arrived at a fairly reasonable time. This is my first time trying What-Cha tea, but I will definitely buy more in the future.
Alistair seems cool too. I didn’t buy much tea, but he wrote a note for me and sent me a sample of Nepal Silver Oolong. I don’t know much about business, but that’s enough for me to become a repeat customer. I also kept all of the stamps. I think some of them fell off, though… so I kept what was still on the box.
This tea also came in TraceyC’s TTB. It didn’t brew as dark as I thought it would. I think I let it steep too long, and I added splenda. I think I’ll try it again later without sweetener, and I might try it iced, too. I don’t really taste the blackberry right now, but I think it’s mostly because I let it steep too long.
I wasn’t planning to brew similar teas, but this is my second apple nut tea tonight, right after Sleigh Ride. I thought it was just nuts, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that it has apples in it. I guess I need to reconsider my stance on apple pieces. This one is light with a focus on nut. I’m glad about that.
It’s very mild, but I like it. I don’t know if I could describe the taste, though I would definitely say its a dessert tea. I could drink this at night, though it does have a tart after taste from the apples and requires more of the tisane to brew.
This also came in Tracey’s TTB. I probably wouldn’t have tried it if it wasn’t in the box.
I didn’t know if I was going to like this or not, but the tea itself is rather pretty with large pieces of cinnamon and nuts. I’m not a big fan of fruit tea, but this smelled nice dry, and after letting it steep for a while, it brewed to a nice red color. I was worried that it would be sour like a strong hibiscus tea, but this is more like a spiced cider. A rather weak cider, but it is enjoyable. I sweetened it with splenda. Since I let it steep for so long, I didn’t think I could steep it a second time.
Anyway, this tea came in Tracey’s traveling tea box. There were a lot of great choices, but this was one I wanted to try first. This is my second sample David’s Tea, I think. I like it, though I doubt I would drink it without splenda.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon
I wasn’t completely certain that I would like this as much as the other teas. I’m not the biggest fan of apple, but I liked that it was made with pumpkin, and I wanted to sample two different pumpkin teas. I only ended up getting an ounce of this, so I probably won’t be able to enjoy this long, but I’m not going to dwell on that. The cider notes give it a more rounded flavor in my opinion than the other tea that I have, though I do enjoy both. I have been able to steep both teas twice, though I don’t really know how long the pumpkin flakes last. I’m just glad it doesn’t taste like apple juice.
I would write about the aroma of this tea, but I can’t even open the tea before my nose starts to itch. Then I inevitably start sneezing. I think its just a pepper thing. I’m not allergic to pepper, but there’s something about this tea. It’s a strong black tea base. I sweetened it with stevia leaves. You can taste the spice in the back of the throat, but I wouldn’t say its in your face. To have a stronger spice profile, you might need to steep it longer.
This does taste a lot like kukicha. I haven’t had many versions of the latter, but this really has that same flavor after the first steep. I don’t really get any of the spice flavor in the two steeps, and right now I don’t know why I would buy this over a kukicha or even a hojicha. It is interesting to see how oolong teas can vary so much in flavor, but I don’t think I would buy it.