485 Tasting Notes
Apparently this tea is so good it BROKE STEEPSTER. My wife and I have both been trying to update it since yesterday afternoon.
Anyway, this was my bedtime tea last night. I don’t reach for hibiscus teas often but we got ALL the RiverTeas yesterday so I wanted to try them all. And I don’t usually sweeten my teas, but that was my downfall. It really needed some agave or sugar to cut the tartness of the hibiscus. It was sad that it was so distracting because the rest of the tea was delicious – a big mouthful of strawberries and sunshine. It will make an amazing iced tea in the summer.
Mmmm I have been excited for this one since we ordered it.
The dry leaf smells tingly, not quite floral but . . . plant-y. Like a post-apocalyptic world where people are learning to farm again. Or Buckley’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea quite like it. It tastes like an herbal, like a nice calm herbal, but the caffeine content is ridiculously high.
Pu’erhs tend to have a dark dark taste to them, but that is almost non-existent here. If I hadn’t know it was supposed to be a primarily pu’erh blend I wouldn’t have guessed it. The taste is complex, and I can’t wait to have another cup – but I can’t quite decide if I love it or am only meh about it.
Flavors: Fir, Flowers, Pine
I am on an unending quest for a cherry tea that does not taste like Herbal Essences.
There is a little bit of floral rose in this tea still, but this is the darkest cherry blend I have ever drunk. It’s lovely. The chocolate isn’t very prominent but it keeps it from veering off into floral country. I am totally in love with RiverTeas’ black base. I am totally in love with RiverTea.
Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers
Er. Mah. Gerd.
I am an Earl aficionado. I will taste any that come across my tongue. I have found many that I love and many that . . . I seriously do not love. This is, without a doubt, one of the best. There is a sweet citrus burst on top of beautifully balanced black tea. A bit of cream. It doesn’t dry my out like even the best Earls tend to.
Have you ever smelled smoke? Not bad smoke. Like campfire wood smoke, or pipe tobacco, and it sort of clings around the back of your nose, and then you move and a little puff of smoke comes out from a fold of your shirt and you smell it again and it’s just as good? That is what this tea reminds me of. It’s lingering and I love it.
I forgot how much I love this tea. For a long time it was my go-to (although apparently I am just craving lemon lately). It has this amazing soothing lemon scent – like NeoCitran without the medicine – but the taste itself is almost pure smoky green tea goodness, that sort of dark green that’s more like an oolong. I made it in one of the new David’s mason jars, which is perfect for keeping a nice head of lemon-scented steam so every sip I take is aromatherapy.
Flavors: Earth, Lemon Zest
One deep whiff of this and I was fast asleep. I am now typing in my sleep. Honkshuuuu.
Seriously, this has enough chamomile to knock you out. I don’t usually enjoy chamomile teas because it’s like gulping back, well, straight chamomile, but the lavender rounds it out into less of a grassy dead-of-summer taste. I added a drop of honey – of course, I’m a Papa Bear – and it could have used more than a drop to make it perfect.
One drawback: escaped bits of things. Small enough to slip through the holes in the infuser, big enough to get stuck on my tongue. Definitely use filters or bags for this one if you can.
Overall, a well-balanced cup that doesn’t cling to the back of your throat or drown you in perfume. Does what it says on the tin: sends you into hibernation mode.
Flavors: Flowers, Grass
Mmmm. Any time a holiday tea wanders by I have to try it – but this is one of the best. It’s creamy with just a hint of sugar and spice. Not an overly flavoured tea – there’s nothing that smacks you in the mouth – but a delicious black base with some tasteful ornaments. Wish one cup lasted eight nights.