24 Tasting Notes
I expected to love this tea. Based on the ingredients it’s got everything I love in a flavored black tea to ice – a balance of tart and sweet flavors. Unfortunately, I wasn’t over the moon about this blend…or the blend I ended up with in my 25g bag anyway. My 25g bag was, unfortunately, very light on the mango. I drank this iced and lightly sweetened with stevia. It was pleasant, but, due to the lack of mango, it’s not something that I’d rush to stock up on.
I’ve had this tea, as an iced latte, several times before. Based on a previous experience with a banana/chocolate tea (DT’s Banana Cream Pie – blech!), I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this blend. I had it hot for the first time this morning with a bit of white chocolate mocha creamer and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can taste every note in this herbal tea (hot or cold), and, to me, it tastes like a banana split with all the toppings. I’m glad I stocked up on this a few months ago.
I didn’t have high hopes for this tea. It’s a white tea, after all, and I tend to shy away from white and green teas because the flavors are usually quite muted and light. I steeped a bit this evening to enjoy over ice. The flavor was light (as expected) but fruity and sweet. There was a slight bitter aftertaste I’m hoping this tea makes a reappearance this summer. I’d like to buy some to cold steep.
Now, I don’t mind a fresh sprig or two thrown into a glass of iced tea, but dried mint is not for me. This tea was part of 2014 summer collection, and, since I’d purchased the boxed collection I thought I’d give it a try because I love melon-flavored teas. I was hoping that the mint wouldn’t overpower the melon, but, alas, for me, it did. I gifted this to my mother, and I will make it a point to avoid teas with mint – spearmint, peppermint, field mint, etc. – in future.
I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to try this tea. This black tea blend has been on my wishlist for ages. I finally gave in and picked up 2 ounces while vacationing in San Francisco at the end of April. I was lucky they had any on hand because the tea has been discontinued and is no longer available on the website. This tea was the perfect pick me up this morning. I don’t normally enjoy hot tea, but I’ve been trying to find black tea blends that I’d enjoy hot to serve as a replacement for coffee during the work week. I didn’t think the combination of coconut and raspberry would work well together, but I was (sadly) wrong. I enjoyed it so much that I steeped the leaves three times this morning. This tea would also be quite a lovely, decadent treat at the end of a long day. I added a few drops of liquid stevia to all three cups and a splash of white chocolate mocha creamer to the last (so heavenly). I might have to try to track down more of this tea.
I’ve never had sangria, so I can’t really speak to how similar/dissimilar this blend tastes to the real thing. Wine just isn’t my thing. However, I have tried a few sangria-inspired tea blends, and I really enjoy this particular blend. I find it’s quite balanced, which can be difficult when hibiscus is thrown into the mix. I tend to steep this on the shorter range of the recommended steep time so that the flavor of the tart hibiscus is softened by the berry and orange notes. It’s quite refreshing over ice and/or as the base of a spritzer. Hello summer!