141 Tasting Notes
Temperamental, but good. This tea likes around the 170F range and not to be brewed too far past 2 minutes or it gets astringent. Mostly consisted of savory green veggies flavor, and almost hints of edamame. A good green tea if you don’t want the fruity or grassy flavor. Just mind your temp and steep time.
Flavors: Savory, Vegetal
This does taste different from Assam melody. It has a stronger tanning taste with a grainy flavor; good grainy though. I think I like Assam Melody more though: its sweeter, maltier flavor, and is less tannic. HOWEVER, this tea did hold up excellent with milk and sweetener; I increased the leaf from 3g to 4g. It isn’t as intense as a CTC assam for milk tea, but still held it’s flavor. Overall it would be good from someone who prefers more tannic assam and likes to add milk and sugar.
Flavors: Grain, Malt, Tannic
This is basically a sleepy time tea. But unlike a lot of sleepy time teas, this doesn’t taste bitter or herbally. Rooibos is just a base to fill in wit the chamomile and peppermint. The vanilla really helps smooth out the herbal flavors and adds a bit a sweetness. Tasted good with and without sugar.
Flavors: Chamomile, Peppermint, Sweat, Vanilla
WORK THROUGH ALL THE BACK LOG TEA! This was a nice chamomile. Pretty flavorful and smooth. The flowers are mostly whole, and have that soft almost creamy floral taste. Maybe even a fight hints of crisp apple; very faint though. Overall nice smooth tea that doesn’t really even need sweetener.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Sweet
Darjeeling really is the oolong of India. I should look into how it’s made. Got this with the black tea sample pack. Has a very strong fruity/grape flavor that adds to the pleasant astringency. The sweetness is balanced by said astringency as well. Later sips provide a woody, slightly spicy flavor. I got a few good steepings out of this so far adding to my mug, so it doesn’t loose flavor too quick.
Overall its a pleasant tea. This would be great for spring when you want the caffeine kick of black tea, but something less heavy and malty.
Flavors: Fruity, Grapes, Sweet, Tangy, Wood
Tried this from the herbal sampler. This gave me serious Teavana tea flash backs. Lots and lots of cinnamon flavor that ends in a very sweet fruity flavor. Doesn’t need sugar. I can’t really describe the fruit flavor other than on the more tropical side, with balanced lemongrass notes. Gave me nice smooth energy boost too. Probably wouldn’t buy more, but it was a lovely tea to enjoy.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Lemongrass, Sweet, Tropical
Had this from my rooibos sampler. Both steepings where combined and used sugar to sweeten. I liked this more than the Pecan Turtle rooibos. Though honeybush is a less woody taste than rooibos. Sweet with the chestnut adding a nice brown sugar taste. The banana is there, though more in the after taste and in a more vague sweet starch flavor. I don’t remember the cinnamon much, but I don’t think it did more than a supporting role. Going to enjoy using this in a blend.
Flavors: banana, Nutty, Sweet
UGH! I brewed this in the worst possible way. First I used boiled water, but left the top open on my teapot to compensate. Then on the second steep I got distracted and brewed over my 3.5 minuet mark by a good bit. Both steepings where combined in the mug.
That being said, this came out good. The assam definitely helps soften the persnickety ceylon, which I could taste coming through crisp and a little bitter. The assam brings a starchy and malty sweetness to the tea, while the ceylon has a crisp, metallic, and vague citrus notes. Nothing to write home about, but it is a good teabag replacement tea. At least now I know what it tastes like when I use it in blends; and that it is overstepping friendly.
Flavors: Cocoa, Drying, Malt, Metallic, Sweet Potatoes
Got this as part of my herbal sampler pack. Very hibiscus floral, but with a sweet slightly tart flavor that doesn’t get too tart. Little bit of a medicinal cherry flavor, but not too bad; maybe from the forest berries flavoring? What’s nice is it tasted nice hot or cold and with no sugar. Good if you want to add a tarter berry flavor to blends.
Flavors: Berry, Floral, Hibiscus, Tart