423 Tasting Notes
I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted this afternoon, so I grabbed the first thing I reached for—this. It’s actually very good. It starts out with a honey-like flavor, which I always love in tea, and the aftertaste is dark and deep but still sweet. The best description I can come up with is grilled fruit. It’s a smooth cup and just what I needed as a pick-me-up today.
At some point I read that roasted teas go well with fatty meals, and since then I’ve found it’s true. This feels like the perfect way to follow up my dinner of bacon, steak, and potatoes—the roasted flavors cut the richness of the bacon fat, and the caramel aftertaste feels like dessert.
The scent of this is almost entirely caramel, with just a little roastiness that makes it feel different from other caramel teas. The beginning of the sip is all genmaicha, to the point that I almost miss the caramel, but then it shows up in a slightly sweet, smooth aftertaste. It’s a really good combination that I wouldn’t have thought of myself and wasn’t sure was going to work, but that’s exactly why I wanted to try it. Thank you NayLynn for surprising me with this one!
This is unlike anything I’ve tried before. There’s a lot of nuttiness and the sesame is surprisingly dark (maybe roasted?) and reminds me almost of coffee beans. The fruit is subtle but adds a richness to the whole thing—I wouldn’t call this fruity or sweet at all, but it’s still noticeable. A very interesting cup! I’m glad I opened this sample first of the ones I have left.
True to its name, this one isn’t so good hot but gets much better when it’s cold. The strawberry is really gentle in this, with more basil than I expected and a slight sweet aftertaste. It’s refreshing but not my favorite, mostly because of the strawberry. It could stand to be stronger, but unlike most other red fruit teas I’ve tried from this company they didn’t try to enhance it with hibiscus, which is a plus in my book.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Strawberry, Sweet
After doing a major overhaul of my tea collection today (mostly just reorganizing and getting rid of unwanted boxes), I found I only have a few bags of this left; so much the better. Even considering bagged teas, this is possibly the most mediocre earl grey I have tried. There’s just nothing about it that makes me want another cup, and I’ve found it’s really hard to brew correctly without it going bitter. Hopefully in the next few days I’ll sip it down and then I’ll avoid it from now on.
This is much darker and roastier than I was expecting (which is not my favorite kind of oolong). For me this was slightly bitter, although I’m sensitive to those flavors—my mom didn’t seem to notice or be bothered by any bitterness. There are also some deep earthy flavors and a moderate amount of roastiness. Definitely a good dark oolong, but when I want something roasted I’m more likely to reach for a green.
Backlog from yesterday morning—yum! This is a deep apple, and I could swear there’s some traditional baking spice (cinnamon, clove, etc.) in here but I guess it’s my imagination doing things to the vanilla. The apricot is subtle but rounds out the apple well; this is a really solid apple tea, where apple is undoubtedly the star and the other ingredients are along for the ride. Delicious!
Up to now, I have never really found a Republic of Tea tea that I really have to have. Their stuff is okay, and I definitely appreciate when it’s offered in cafes as opposed to certain other bagged teas, but none of their main line really grab me. I got an email about this one, though, and it sounded ideal—I had to get it.
Honestly, this tea exceeded all my expectations. Without milk it’s a gentle cardamom (but still with a little kick), with some definite cream and vanilla tones. With milk added the cardamom is more subdued and the crème brûlée comes out in full force, as close to drinking custard as I’ve ever gotten.
Of course, this one is a limited edition, so I’m going to have to stock up while I can. It may become my go-to morning cup!
Ooh, I love this. If not for the fact that I can see rooibos (both in the dry tea and the fact that the brew is red), I would barely know this is a rooibos at all. It really is a garden, with chamomile, lavender, mint, and rose blended perfectly so that I can taste each one. This is a super-relaxing herbal and I might have to get some for when my headaches are bothering me or I can’t get to sleep. Delicious!