191 Tasting Notes
This was a first for me – I’d never had maté before! In this blend, I’m still not really sure what mate tastes like, but it doesn’t seem bad. I am sort of afraid of the caffeine content, though! I can tolerate a couple cups of black tea spread over the day, but I never drink coffee so I’m not used to large amounts of caffeine at one time. Anyone know how much caffeine maté generally has? Anyway, I only made half a cup and mostly tasted the chocolate. Not too bad, but nothing special.
I am building experience with green teas! Due to a chaotic morning, I was not in top tasting form and didn’t even drink half my cup. This is fruity, but I couldn’t really taste the banana. Not bad, but I’ll have to give it another shot sometime when I’m more relaxed. :)
Hmm, I actually quite like this one. I’m not really into green teas, but the name “emerald lily” and the description of this one really caught my eye. With the big, long, curly leaves, I was concerned I didn’t have enough leaf – but now I’m wondering if I’ve been preparing some other greens too strong? I have some Dragonwell that sort of freaked me out with the super strong fruit and veggie flavors, but maybe it was just too much leaf!
Anyhow, this is subtle and lovely with a mild fruity and flowery flavor. I’m not sure that I’m getting toasted pine nut..but..maybe. :)
Black currant is one of my favorite “everyday” tea flavors, so this was definitely a pleasant surprise to find in the 12 teas of Christmas set. I must admit, I’m just not a big fan of white tea. Maybe my palate just can’t appreciate the subtlety, or maybe I just enjoy black tea too much – I’m not a big fan of greens either. This was not bad, but the white tea I think is jut too “delicate” for me. I like the currant flavor, but I think I still prefer black tea over white. I could see this making excellent iced tea, though.
Another great tea! Without any sweetener or milk, this is delicious with great chocolate and mint flavors. I think Dan and other’s description of a liquid thin mint is just about right! This would be a great after dinner tea (even better if it were decaf).
This is just so good! It has a really nice balance of flavors and makes for a very warming cup. This is the kind of tea I could make for non-tea drinkers to attempt to get them hooked. :)
When I saw the chunk of coconut, I thought perhaps I had gotten two of the pina colada rooibos! But, no, it is the lovely coconut cream pie! I’m happy because I wanted black tea, and I realized from the pina colada blend that I really like coconut flavored tea. Hooray!
The strongest flavor of this tea is coconut, but I also detected some custard flavors too. Very yummy and dessert-like just with milk. It’s not oh-wow-amazing, but I do like it.
This one is right up my alley! I love chai, and who doesn’t love chocolate? With soymilk and sugar, it tastes like a spiced hot chocolate. I’m getting cinnamon a bit more than the other spices, but that’s fine by me. I do wish I could taste the black tea more – I don’t think I prepared it too weak, but it’s hard to say for sure.
This is quite nice! I feel like I’m tasting mostly coconut, but I think that might be because the coconut and pineapple meld together really well. I’ve never had honeybush on it’s own, but now I’m curious to try it. I’ll probably also go for a second infusion tonight—anyone know if this tea is good for that?
Backlogging from last night. This was pretty tasty – a subtle chocolate flavor comes through best when milk and a little sugar are added. I used 1.5 tsp rooibos and 1 tsp cacao nibs in about 10 oz water.