221 Tasting Notes
A thinner-bodied genmaicha than the Japanese version, but it still has that classic lip-smackingly good buttery-nut flavour to warm you right up! Especially today, which the Metservice says “Feels like 4°C, 4 layers of clothing recommended”. And I’m only wearing 2…
Aha! This is the one! A perfect blend of jasmine silver tip with cut peppermint leaves, which somehow manage to compliment the jasmine quite nicely. I’m not normally big on either of these teas, but together they make for a decadant and refreshing cup. High five Steph, this is delicious!
This delightful jasmine/peppermint concoction was dreamed up by my co-worker Steph, who couldn’t remember if she’d used the pearls or a jasmine white tea previously. Naturally I made her blend both for me. This is a little awkward to brew, mostly because you need to make sure you scoop up some peppermint along with your preferred amount of pearls. I waited until all the leaves had unravelled in the cup before pulling out my infuser, which may have been a touch too long as the jasmine was a bit bitey and the peppermint overwhelmed a little. The second 4 minute steep of this is perfect though, it mellows out quite nicely!
I am always drawn to weird sounding blends and this was no exception. As soon as I ripped off the seal on the tin, I was hit by a deliciously overwhelming peach aroma. The tea itself is fairly medium bodied, with warming notes of ginger and hints of peach. Its not the ginger knock-out you need when you’re feeling rundown, but a nice and light tea nonetheless (best sans milk too). Another tea I imagine would be fantastic iced – can you tell I’m dying for my upcoming midwinter summer escape?
In my experience, flavoured greens tend to use a heavy dose of flavouring to hide the fact you are drinking a green tea, making for a rather pointless cup. In this blend the elderberries are more complimentary, letting the sencha base skip along beside it hand in hand.
I can definitely see how fantastic this would be iced, but I think I will save that for a day that doesn’t require one to be wrapped head-to-toe in wool…
Oho the other
twist mint. A bit earthier than spearmint, but apparantly does the same job health benefits wise. Bop shoo-op a bop bop shoo-op…
Aha! I knew I would like spearmint more than peppermint in tea form (whereas in gum or mints form I prefer it the other way around). A much brighter, cleaner minty taste than peppermint and more refreshing too. I’m looking foward to experimenting with adding this to other teas and blends!
The aroma of the dry leaves is a perfect blend of light bergamot and delicious tippy black tea. It seems to be uncommon to be able to discern the tea base under the bergamot in earl greys, which instantly piqued my curiousity. On my first sip it becomes apparant that the brilliant black tea base is the real star of the show, while the bergamot is relegated to lowly chorus-line duties. I was worried milk would mute the flavours too much, but the tiniest splash really bought out that maltylicious taste.
Personally I find this disappointing as an earl grey (due to my extreme bergamot needs), but incredible as a black tea.
Another tea that is too bizarre to even contemplate rating! There really should be a weird squiggly-mouthed spiral-eyed Steepster rating face for such unrateable teas.
The aroma is faintly sweet, with the fennel reminding me of a good curry. This is really not a smell I want from something I am about to drink, but I brace myself and go for it anyway.
The mixture of the three herbs together create the most insane sensation in my mouth that I have ever experienced. At first you get the savoury notes of the fennel with a hint of peppermint and you’re thinking, hmm this is a bit weird. Then as you swallow this great syrupy sweet liquorice root thing rises on the back of your tongue and hangs down your throat. After experiencing this 3 times, I couldn’t handle anymore. I might play around with brewing times later when I have gotten over my initial trauma – perhaps this is another herbal blend that should be brewed for a shorter time than recommended?
What a strange beast of a tea! Now let me just say that the orange flavouring in this is bang on and they haven’t added any other weird stuff to make it taste sweeter or creamier, but because nothing else has been added it falls a little flat. What could you add to this to give it a rounder mouthfeel though? Hmm.
Oh, there is also the fact that drinking this makes me feel queasy as it is exactly like drinking hot orange juice. So if you yearn for the taste of warm oranges, then this is the tea for you! Just don’t add milk because that would be all kinds of wrong.