190 Tasting Notes
I picked up a single bag of this when I was down in Vancouver last month. I went to a Waves coffee shop for this first time because my parent’s new house is a block away from one and noticed that they carry harney and sons. I’m sure this is not news to anyone else, but it was exciting for me as I’ve been wanting to try some of their teas for a while, especially this one.
This was a pretty basic flavoured black tea, nothing special. I didn’t get any fruitiness or bergamot, only vanilla and caramel notes. I prefer other vanilla caramel teas to this one, but it was the bagged version that was sitting in a paper bag in my cupboard for a month. I have a sample of the loose decaf version of this so we’ll see if it is any different.
Decided to take a trip down memory lane yesterday at work and had this and banana dream pie which are both about a year old now. I had the banana dream pie first and found it did not age well, or else my tastes have changed, I found it a little chalky as well. Then I had this little gem. It’s as good as I remember. The dry leaf smelled like alcohol, not a bad smell, kind of like a sweet liquor. This really tastes like cookie dough. I have very little white tea in my collection because it is just not strong enough for me, but in this case it is perfect because it lets the cookie dough shine. YUM!
I love strawberry so I really wanted to try this. I got a huge bag, because it was that or just a sample size and I was assuming I was going to like this based on the reviews. I find strawberry is a hard flavour to capture, especially if you want it to be natural. Most strawberry teas are a disappointment because either they don’t taste like strawberry or they taste artificial. I just received my order in the mail today and really wanted to try this so I just made a tiny cup. Unfortunately, I forgot about it steeping so it was quite bitter, but I could taste a lovely oolong base with a faint strawberry flavour. Too faint to say if it was natural tasting or not, but I’m hoping the next time I make this it will be easier to detect without the bitterness
Ughhhh. I was so excited for this tea! Whenever I hear of teas tasting like honey I feel I have to try it, I LOVEEEE honey. When I opened the package, I felt like I was on a farm. All I was getting was hay! No fruit, no honey, just hay. I brewed it up hoping it would come out in the taste, but nope, I got mostly a black tea base with a strong hay flavour. I added some cream and stevia and it improved the taste, but I’m still getting the hay and I don’t know if I like it.
The first time I smelled this in store months ago, I was a little put off by it, I’m not a fan of rosehips and I found that was all I smelled.
I am on a diet right now and can’t have sugar and am finding that greens are the easiest to drink without sugar for me. Who knew, usually greens aren’t my favourite and I load them with sweetener. So I went to David’s Tea on a mission to pick up a few new greens I haven’t tried yet, which is most of them because as I said, greens aren’t my favourite. I thought I’d give this another whiff and it smelled completely different to me. Very fruity, with only a hint of rosehip.
This was actually pretty good. It tasted a little like grape to me, which I usually get from jasmine teas, and I’ve noticed other reviews mention jasmine, weird. I don’t really get any pomegranate though, but pomegranate doesn’t really have a distict flavour to me, it just tastes sweet. I didn’t notice until today when I was looking at the ingredients (to see if there was jasmine in it) that this also has black and rooibos in it. I didn’t see much for rooibos in the leaf and didn’t taste it either, so if you don’t like rooibos, don’t let it stop you from trying this.
This actually reminded me a lot of three wishes which is one of my favourites, but there might be room for both in my cupboard.
I was lucky enough to try some matcha for the first time due to a travelling tea box that made its way to me. I loved it and decided to make an order. I only ordered one flavour just in case I just really liked the flavour of the matcha I had and didn’t like matcha in general. I love all things pumpkin and so naturally, I chose to order the pumpkin pie matcha.
I was so excited to try this. The reviews were all so good! But when this came in the mail and I immediately opened it up to smell it, I was a little disappointed with the strong spicey smell. I couldn’t really detect any pumpkin creaminess. I made an iced latte out of this and was disappointed that the pumpkin didn’t come through in the taste either. It was still a tasty matcha latte, just not pumpkin pie for me. It could just be my batch, or it could be my tastebuds, i’m an fairly extreme non-taster. I would definitely order this again just to find out though, but would probably get distinctive flavour level rather than robust as I found the spices quite strong. I will try it hot to see if that makes a difference and update my review once I do.
I definitely recommend trying this matcha for yourself and you can purchase it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/pumpkin-pie-matcha.html
I am really surprised by the low rating of this tea because I find it delicious and I’m going to steal the other two bags left in the Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box! It is basically a coconut tea with hints of chai spices, and I really mean hints, you almost have to look for them to notice them at all, and I kind of like that. I can’t attest to there being any sort of creaminess because I added a ton of cream to this.
I love chai flavour; I love tazo and Oregon chai lattes and chai flavoured baked goods. I had these chai flavoured mints one time that were the best thing ever and I swear I bought every tin this café had over a 6 month period of time and then they were out of my life forever. BUT, I don’t like chai tea, crazy, I know! So it’s a good thing to me that the chai is so light in this one. Other people speak of a bitterness, which I am not getting at all, maybe I drowned it out with all the cream and agave I put in this.
From the Great Canadian Travelling tea box
Had this as my morning tea this morning and it was quite good. I found the cinnamon to be a little strong, and it was like cinnamon heart cinnamon, not the warm fuzzy natural cinnamon flavour. I could detect hints of the bread part, but it was quite drowned out by the cinnamon. A tasty tea, but not one I would order.
From the Great Canadian Travelling tea box.
This is another one I am pulling out of the box. The smell of it wasn’t very good, actually borderline offensive, it kind of reminds me of the smell of a very old building, but for some reason I still wanted to try it. I’m glad I did because it was so tasty. I find with most teas, I only get a hint of what the flavour is supposed to be or I just get one element of the flavour, but this tastes just like a gumball. I am going on a diet after this weekend and can’t have any sugar, so I’m glad to have found a tea that doesn’t need any.