430 Tasting Notes
I’ve tried this both sweetened and unsweetened, and I think I agree with Tina that the flavour really shines with a bit of sweetener – which, unfortunately, makes it too sweet for me. Oh the ironies.
Anyway. This is a very delicious black tea nonetheless, and without any sugar or milk it has a mellow flavour with a bit of an orange and citrus taste.
Yum! This is the orange tea I was looking for. A big orangeade flavour which pairs nicely with the earthy smokiness of the pu’erh. Very sweet and tart and citrusy.
Still as yummy as the first time I had it. Smooth and sweet, but I need to work on my brewing technique because a couple cups were a little bitter. Got five resteeps out of two pinches of leaves.
I have been craving an orange black lately, so I reached for this sample we got in a swap. I was unfortunately disappointed. It was an overwhelmingly average black tea with a faint hint of bitter orange peel at the tail end of the sip. Sadface. This calls for a gaiwan of something wonderful.
Someone from the Toronto Tea Party shared a sample of this with me (Tina? Adrienne? I don’t even know any more.) and I finally got around to trying it. First thing I got hit with was the orange, a very sweet and creamy orange, but with the heavy aftertaste I get from most rooibos teas. Tasty experiment, but I don’t think I’ll reach for it again.
I am consistently impressed by the quality of the Tea Haus’s black teas. They do not give into the temptation of using a lower-quality black just because the blend is stuffed with other goodies.
That said, this was definitely an interesting drinking experience – and I think a part of that is becasue it took me six hours to finish one travel mug of it at work. At first, when still almost-boiling, it was overwhelming in both scent and flavour, with a lot of sweetness from the apple and a bit of zip from the lemon, and the underlying ginger fuzziness. As it cooled, it lost a lot of that sweetness and gained kind of a leafy taste. I’m not sure exactly how to explain it, but it was floral without being sweet, more like a very earthy herbal. Strangely, it reminded me of DT’s Chocolate Rocket when it begins to cool. It was definitely an odd drinking experience. I wouldn’t say it’s unpleasant, but I also wouldn’t say it was delicious. It was just . . . odd. I must mull this over another cuppa.
Yummy! My mistake with this one was, unfortunately, making an herbal to take to work when I needed a mate-infused matcha. I agree with TinaS in that it is very similar to my beloved Ginger Sparkle; it has the same sweet tingle from the ginger and other parts of the blend, but this tea definitely has a strong streak of sweet/tart limeade. Very, very tasty. I don’t know yet if I’ll restock, but it’s a good caffeine-free alternative to my Sparkle.
I am developing such a love for ginger in my tea, and this is one of the best examples I’ve had yet. The black ceylon base is a very full-bodied flavour that’s also very soothing and mellow. The ginger adds a warm sweet fuzz to the top of that, not sharp or fizzy like I’ve experienced before. I am very, very happy to have more of this to explore.
Tried a cup of this in a desperate attempt to stay awake longer after a full day of tea tasting and shopping.
It did not work.