2309 Tasting Notes
Herbal chai of the afternoon here. Regular readers of my tea log may “get” the fact that I enjoy a spicy tea.
I have tried way too many blends that are like this, but even so. I think this is an amazing rooibos chai. I am a big fan of ginger and cardamom and this has plenty of both. I also detect fennel and cinnamon and maybe a touch of pepper. I like chai blends that are not ALL about the cinnamon. I wish I could try it side by side with Rishi’s rooibos chai which I also really like (but have been out of for a while). Spices seem really well balanced to me. Perfect with a touch of soymilk and stevia.
On an aside note, ATR claims their sample packs make 4 servings but I am finding that I am getting 2-3 servings out of them. Not sure if I consistently overleaf my teas but I would pick up the larger size of this if I order through them again.
It’s very odd the different range of reviews this tea seems to have gotten, seems like some people really hated it!
It’s definitely VERY strong on the vanilla. In my opinion, the vanilla seems very natural tasting. Nice combination with the green tea, I am reminded of caramel or perhaps a creme brulee. I can see why they chose bancha here, but an oolong would also have been a good choice. It’s slightly astringent in the finish due to the bancha, which I don’t really love. With soymilk added this became a really good dessert tea. I happen to really like vanilla and this is a difficult flavor to get right in tea. I’m not sure I will get more, but I’ve really enjoyed trying this.
Backlog from last night. I saw this at Trader Joe’s and had to buy some, considering the price ($4) which also includes the tin.
I’ve been looking for a nice pumpkin tea and haven’t been too impressed with the options out there. This is a pyramid tea bag which has plenty of tea in it unlike some companies (ahem, Republic of Tea) which are skimpy.
This was pleasant enough but I really did not get much pumpkin flavor. I do get the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves but in that respect it’s like practically every other rooibos chai spice type of blend I’ve had. This is a pumpkin pie spice tea. It’s okay especially considering the price but I might need to go back to “Sweet Autumn” by Lupicia.
Personally I wasn’t too impressed with this. I like green tea/mint blends (especially Moroccan Mint). This seems to be a darker roasted green tea, maybe a houijcha mixed with the mint. Whatever chocolate notes are present just seem really light. I don’t have too much more to say about it! I was a bit disappointed, might try cold brewing this next.
Tea of the morning here, all I have is a sample size but wanted to try this since it sounded so intriguing to me, Dates and sesame? yes please!
The dry leaf has what looks like dried figs in the package.
I may have overleafed this, but it’s still really good. Whatever the base tea is for brioche, they’re using it here also. Smells very aromatic and tastes fruity and nutty as well! This is very good plain, but also accomodated soymilk fairly well. In itself, it isn’t terribly sweet but would be great with an afternoon cookie or some other kind of treat. As far as flavored teas go, it’s a very unique blend that lived up to my expectations. I wish I had more than just a sample size, might need to reorder this someday!
I found this at the grocery store and it’s one I haven’t tried before. Of course I do not need any more tea but for some reason this year I’ve been keen on wanting all the holiday/dessert teas.
I hope it isn’t a mistake to have something with caffeine in it now. However, today is the first day of daylight savings time and I already feel like going to bed even though it’s 7 pm. Boo!
Anyway, onto the tea. It steeps up nice and dark, smells like vanilla and a bit of marzipan. I was worried because the box says Nutcracker SWEET and I did not like the Sweet Pumpkin blend from CS. This is actually on the mellow side, no stevia or sweeteners added. I put a bit of soymilk to mine which made it nice and creamy. I was expecting something a bit more flavorful but it’s perfectly acceptable to me, especially considering the price I paid for it.
ps – I actually added a tiny bit of stevia and that made it worse in my opinion. Maybe this is one I will just need to drink without sweetener.
Tea of the morning here!
You wouldn’t think that roses and cardamom would make a good breakfast tea but it really works here. I love this blend with soymilk and just a touch of sweetener. This is a good start to the rest of my day, which will involve yoga class and a concert of Indian classical music. :)
I got a sample size of this with my ATR order. Upon opening the package I was very skeptical because this just smells like some nasty old liquor. I was assuming I’d end up hating it!
The flavor isn’t bad actually. Yes, it is rooibos with a mild cocoa and coconut flavor. I wouldn’t exactly say it reminds me of a macaroon but at least I don’t want to spit it out. Not bad on its own but better with a bit of soymilk. I’m really glad this ended up tasting a lot better than it smells. I love coconut anything but this isn’t cutting it for me somehow.
Not destined to be a favorite of mine but it is drinkable…
This is tasty! Almond teas are one of my favorites so I knew I really wanted to try it.
The blend reminds me a lot of almond sugar cookie from Simpson and Vail, I wish I had the two so I could compare them side by side. I think the main difference is this blend tastes slightly more pastry like and the almond Sugar cookie seems a bit on the sweet side? It’s an enjoyable blend, almondy and dessert like. I tried adding a touch of stevia but I think I liked it better before the stevia, with just soymilk. I’m not really getting anything that reminds me of a cinnamon bun (per the description)
Don’t think I will have any problems finishing this one off, it’s good. :)