221 Tasting Notes
Oh my goodness. When you first open the tin, the scent that hits you is incredible. It reminded me of the Jasmine Dragon Pearls that I’m rather fond of, strong and sweet without being cloying. The tea itself is much sweeter and smoother than the pearls, with a bold jasmine flavour that springs up in a unitard and says “JASMINE!” with jazz hands. Even the second steep managed to be a sheer delight by tasting exactly like a silver needle jasmine!
Standing ovation Jasmine Green, now let us throw roses at your feet and demand another encore.
As an earl grey connoisseur, I’m incredibly hard to please when it comes to that classic combination of black tea with bergamot.
The aroma of the leaves is citrusy, very sweet and… interesting? Honestly, it smells like no earl grey I’ve ever tried, which was concerning at first. But the bergamot in this is so fresh, distinct and different, its as if I’ve discovered an entirely new drink! This is even delicious with milk, which I know is a cardinal sin but at least its only a splash of trim.
I’m really loving working my way through this series, I suspect by the time I hit the third one I’ll be offering these guys my first born or something. Love you long time Andrews & Dunham xoxo
Usually when trying a tea for the first time, I follow the brewing instructions. This said to brew for 7-10 minutes, but I pulled this out of the water after 4 minutes because it started looking like some frightening syrupy blackened-pink concoction that would come alive if I left it to brew any longer. I suspect that having the brew times exactly the same for all the herbal teas is more laziness than coincidence, but I digress.
The aroma is faintly tart, but I didn’t need to have braced myself before taking a sip. It has more tartness than flavour, but it doesn’t make me pull the “I just put something incredibly tart in my mouth” face.
A good contender to replace your cup of hot blackcurrant when you’re feeling a little under the weather, it would probably be great as a poor man’s Ribena too – iced with soda water.
Contrary to the description I think this is just as sweet as expected, on one of those rare occasions that the tea tastes what it smells like. It is a red rooibos though, which I’m not that fond of, but its almost an exact replica of t Leaf’s black caramel tea which makes for a good caffeine free option. Rooibos hate aside, this is palatable with milk but I think I might enjoy this more without the added safflowers?
Sorry Yunnan Golden Tips, I am officially casting you aside like yesterdays jam.
The aroma of Caravan’s leaves are overwhelmingly smokey, but the flavour rounds out to that perfect balance of tea and woodsmoke with a faint hint of sweetness… I’m completely in love. Smooth enough to drink plain, plus it held almost all of its kick for a second steep – you should order some now before its gone for good.
I’m so cute-ed out by this company, you have no idea. And not just for entertaining my tea gang idea/reality on twitter. Prompt international delivery, rad packaging, awesome wee extras. Can’t wait to patch up and roll through town with my gang, terrorizing people who drink bad tea…
Malty, mellow and smooth – and that is before adding any milk! I don’t find this tea particularily strong, certainly not the strength needed for a good ass-kicking at 9am on the first day back at work after a disjointed 3 day weekend. Adding milk (trim of course) lessens the strength but brings out a hint of that delightful honey taste found in my favourite Assams. More of a late morning or early afternoon tea really… Bay Of Islands Brunch?
Honeybush has that same piney aroma that rooibos has, both in the dry leaves and resulting brew. But the taste is smooth, sweet and honey-like, as well as being full-flavoured enough to stand on its own without milk. This self-confessed honey addict gives it a semi-colon and an uppercase ‘d’….. ;D
Oho, a tea with an amusing name, how delightful. This brews up to a shockingly pink color and is quite tart. In fact after drinking such watery teas today, the first sip of this made me have the same reaction as when I first saw the other hippy redhead, Joan from Mad Men: “WOAH”. This tea kicks your ass hot but I think it really shines iced. Bit of gin, bit of soda and you’re good for the rest of the afternoon!
A similar blend to De-stress, in both taste and ingredients. The notable difference would be the inclusion of vervain in this one, which as we all know protects you from vampires. This in addition to the strong citrus flavour, makes it great for drinking before you go to bed, in case you get attacked in your sleep.