30 Tasting Notes
Really like this tea! I could smell and taste the vanilla, but unlike some other flavoured black teas the smell was not overpowering. I liked the look of it with the gold balls and sugar crystals. I didn’t really taste the cinnamon or cloves so I wouldn’t have known those were part of the tea if I didn’t read it in the description. I like to drink my tea with milk, and while this tea didn’t give a strong colour, it could still support a touch of milk. I think this is a good tea for an occasional treat. But knowing me, wouldn’t want to have it too often so that I don’t get tired of it. Addendum: I had it again with a longer steeping time (more like 5 or 5:30) and it improved it for me. A nice caffeine kick too from the black tea. This is a keeper.
I’m still not able to totally pin down this tea. I know it is not my favourite. I liked the “energy boost from rich black tea”. It had a nice mouth-feel. I definitely did not taste any cherry or pineapple though. It has a strong smell which I wasn’t too fond of. To me, the taste was more of a strong vanilla flavour. Both the smell and flavour seemed too artificial for me. I wouldn’t try it again.
I was expecting that there would be a noticeable strawberry taste, or that it would taste like strawberry rhubarb pie. That wasn’t the case. It had a nice deep red colour, and was pleasant enough on first tasting. I added a teaspoon of honey which improved it for me. I could certainly taste the hibiscus, which I think is the more dominant flavour here. It reminded me of one of several red, hibiscus infused teas from Stash. I think there are better fruit infusions out there, but I did enjoy the fact that you can eat the fruit afterwards.
The taste of this certainly didn’t seem to match either the description or the name. It smelled okay, and tasted somewhat full bodied with some sweetness, but the flavours were unremarkable and nondescript. I wouldn’t recommend it or try it again. Lacks the flavour of a flavoured black tea, and the distinctiveness of a good solid unflavoured black tea.
I like the smell of this tea when steeped. It smells like apple pie. I steeped it for at least 5 minutes, and I can smell the tea when I drink it, but the flavour is much milder than I’d like it. It would be nice if it had more flavour. I will be trying this again with a steep time closer to 7 mins, or put more than 1.5 tsp tisane per cup. I also like the fact that I can eat the fruit and nuts at the end.