62 Tasting Notes
It’s been a long week. A very long week and I’m in the middle of several weeks with no rest. So, my teas are what I am looking forward to right now. I bought some dried lavender today and decided to try it in this tea. It took a good tea to great! I’m a little new at tea blending, but I definitely enjoyed this one. I mixed 1.5 tsp Earl Grey Cream with 1/2 tsp Vanilla Cream (also from ETS) and 1/2 tsp dried lavender flowers. It is creamy, sweet, and floral in about equal parts. What a great, relaxing tea to be drinking in the middle of a busy Saturday!
I also love this tea on its own. It has a nice, sweet, citrusy taste. I do wish it had slightly more vanilla and bergamot, but is is still good. I find that I actually like this best very lightly sweetened (about 1/3 tsp per cup) and without milk.
I have drank this twice this week, both times in the afternoon. It is so relaxing and easy to drink! As it cools, the sweet flavors start to pop. This is especially true for the first steep. Subsequent steeps are still mild, but more fruity than creamy and sweet.
It’s been a really long week, and a tea like this helps a lot. I love the way that green oolongs immediately make me feel better and much more relaxed.
I’ve brewed this several times, and I think I’m ready to review it. It is sweet, floral, and citrusy. It’s pretty much what I expected, but maybe even a little smoother.
Today’s brew is slightly weak. I think this tea might be better brewed at the 4 min mark. I’ll give that a try next time.
So yum! I love the berry taste that comes out with just a little bit of sugar. I can also taste the nice blossoms that round out the flavor of this one. I haven’t tried it at a lower temperature, but I have tried it brewed longer. I prefer this one brewed for closer to 3 minutes, otherwise it is too strong. When I brewed it strong, I mixed the rebrew in and that helped tremendously.
Flavors: Blackberry, Flowers
I think I’m going to keep trying this tea. I’ve had it two days in a row and I can’t seem to get the steeping parameters correct. I tried this morning to steep it for 3 minutes, and it was a nice smooth black tea but not much fruity goodness. I added a bit of sugar and milk, and that definitely improved the taste! I was hoping to find in this tea a nice strong black tea that didn’t need sugar or milk, but I guess I should be happy to drink it like I drink all my other black teas. It certainly is a great tea for it’s price point!
I think I was spoiled by Short and Stout’s Monk’s Blend – it is much more syrupy sweet, which is a plus for me.
This is a very nice, drinkable, medium bodied tea. I oversteeped it accidentally this morning, and was able to cure that with a little sugar and some milk. I think I prefer this tea milked and sugared anyway – British style! But, with the milk, and the oversteeping, I mostly taste black tea, and not much if any bergamont and almost zero jasmine. That’s fine with me today, as I am drinking this one for its strength. I will write another review later, where I steep it correctly. I’m also anxious to try this one iced.
I got a sample of this and was not impressed. It was very perfumey, and not really smooth. I tamed it by mixing it 50-50 with Adagio’s Vanilla black tea. That did the trick! Now, it’s creamy and what I expected an Earl Grey Cream to taste like. This also solved the problem of what to do with the Vanilla Black tea that was only okay. This blend elevated both of them.
I still will not buy either of these teas, though.
The rating I’m giving corresponds to the unblended version. Blended, I would give this tea an 85.
I drank the bagged version of this tea for breakfast. It is okay, but definitely nothing special. I bought a box of this tea because my mom really enjoys it, and now I have to finish it. I cannot waste tea!
It’s not terrible with a little honey added, but I will be happy to see this box gone.
Meh. I really wanted to like this one! I think the name is really neat, and I like the idea of a chocolate chai. Perhaps the idea of it is better than the actual taste. I don’t know what the base is, but it doesn’t taste like assam.
I do like two of the chai teas from Whistling Kettle: Vanilla Chai and Masala Rooibos Chai. I think I’ll stick with those.