410 Tasting Notes
I love the smell of this. The smell is strong (really, really strong) and reminds me of a chocolate cinnamon cake that I used to enjoy at a little coffee house in Utah. The taste is significantly more mellow than the smell of the dry tea, but it is still good. Warm and spicy with with taste of chocolate from start to finish.
This tea might stop me from snitching my some of my son’s M&Ms. Maybe.
Goodness, it has been a while since I’ve logged anything. My summer tea drinking has been banal to say the least. Pitchers and pitchers of iced tea, and most of them have been made from Teavana’s English Breakfast.
I tried this tea hot and found it disappointing because it tasted rather bland. However, as an iced tea it’s nice. It takes on other flavors such as mint or lemon very well, but it is also good on its own. When cold brewed it is smooth. When hot brewed it has the tiniest hint of an edge. It’s not bitter, but the smoothness that comes out in the cold brew is missing. Adding a bit of simple syrup or a lemon wedge helps to balance things out. That and sitting on the porch in the evening watching my son catch fireflies. Somehow that always makes iced tea taste better.
I have been cold brewing this tea and drinking it with a touch of honey water. It is absolutely enjoyable. Perfect on hot days when my air conditioner can’t keep up with the heat outside. Cold brewing keeps the dry taste of the rooibos at bay and allows the peach flavor to shine.
It looks like this tea was discontinued form Teavana which is a bummer. I like having an iced tea I can drink in the evening that won’t keep me up until the wee hours of the morning.
This is a good herbal tea, but it’s not my favorite. The tartness is there from the cranberry and (sigh) hibiscus. The orange is not as pronounced as I wish it were, and it is more of a flowery orange than the citrus note I was looking for. Still, it wasn’t bad. It steeps into a beautiful pink liquid, and I think it would be fairly tasty iced with a few orange slices thrown in for good measure.
I received this sample from Camiah. Thank you so much for sharing!
What a fun tea! The warm, rich smell, the bready taste of the pancake, the hint of butter, the sweetness of the syrup – it is all delicious. I did two steepings from my sample, and they were both great. The first had more of the pancake flavor with the syrup begin most pronounced at the end of the sip. With the second cup the sweetness of the syrup was not as strong, but it was there at the beginning of the sip and constant throughout. Both cups were thoroughly enjoyed!
I have decided to start working my way through a stash of samples that have been hiding in my cupboard. I am starting with this one a) because I have had no caffeine today, b) most of my samples happen to be herbals, and c) I am on the hunt for some good basic black teas to (possibly) replace my morning coffee.
The dry leaves smelled like hay. Clean and crisp. When I infused the tea I was shocked at how dark it was. At this point I had already mentally check this one off my list, but then I tasted it. I think I actually looked down at my cup and smiled. It was so good. So. Good. Strong, yes, but also wonderfully malty and smooth. After a few more sips I added milk and sugar. Even better. It cuts the tiniest bit of bitterness that sits on the back of the tongue. I may have done a happy dance in my kitchen.
So glad I tried this. Shanti, you’ll be hearing form me very soon.
Yesterday was grocery shopping day. While shopping is not my favorite thing, I do like that the Wegman’s I go to has its own little tea section. It’s always fun to look around and see if any new teas have been added. This tea, however, was in the coffee section tucked in a small shelf under the flavored syrups. Odd. Still, I was glad to see it and snapped it up even though I had already put two other teas in my cart.
So you know, I’m drinking the bagged version of this tea. It is a nice green tea. Pineapple is the dominant flavor with the grassy notes of the green tea being very subtle underneath. It’s sweet, but not overly so. Definitely did not feel the need to add sugar. I think I might add a bit of mint to my cup next time. I’m a sucker for mint and pineapple together.