559 Tasting Notes
So, it’s been ages since my last review. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but mostly: my parents got a divorce and my mom and I moved out. Everyone is fine and they’re mostly working together on it, but it has been a big change. The good thing about all this is that I was able to get my tea out of the cabinet where it lived at the house and put it into…a new cabinet. My collection is a bit ridiculous and I hope to use a lot of it up within the next few months. The new Breville tea maker we got will help with that, too!
We’re still in the process of unpacking, so Mom and I ordered Indian food last night (curry for her, sabaz for me) and I chose this to go with it. I quickly found that I only had enough for one pot, but because the Breville had been doing so well up to that point I decided to risk it. I wasn’t disappointed! Hot this is a moderately spicy chai with a lovely fruit/spice smell. It works much better at room temperature, which I found by accident when I got distracted unpacking. It becomes a bright, fruity apricot tea with lots of cinnamon and the creaminess I would expect from milk. Once I’ve tamed my stash this is definitely one I would reorder, and so would Mom—she told me several times how impressed she was with it, and she’s not really a chai person.
Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Cream, Peppercorn
Full disclosure: I’ve had Mountain Dew only a handful of times ever. That said, from what I can remember of the taste this is like 1/3 Mountain Dew, 1/3 Sprite, and 1/3 rooibos. I was surprised by how much I liked it—I ended up drinking a whole pot! I’m not sure yet whether I want to get more or not but it’s a solid citrus/rooibos blend.
Flavors: Lemon, Lime, Rooibos
I don’t review white teas much, mostly because I still find them a little intimidating and I just don’t gravitate toward them or green teas as much. That’s starting to feel silly as I weed down my cabinet, because most of the small samples I have remaining are green or white teas.
As far as this one goes, it’s a knockout. It brews up very pale, to the point that I was concerned at first that I had done something wrong. Despite that it’s flavorful, and it’s becoming one of my favorite jasmine teas ever. I’d say the flavor is about 90% jasmine, 10% tea, with the jasmine being almost fruity/nectar-y and the tea being noticeable as a slight hay flavor. The jasmine gets even more intense as an aftertaste, which I love. When it’s gone I’ll probably have to restock this, if only because it’s the closest I’ve yet found to putting real jasmine flowers in my mouth. (I’m guessing that’s not recommended!)
Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, warm grass
Backlog. I was in Chicago over the weekend and ate at a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant—they served this (in bags!) and I was very impressed. The fragrance was strong, and while the taste didn’t quite match it was much better than I would have expected from a bag and from this price point. I thought several times that I must have oversteeped it but it never tasted burned. I resteeped once for two small pots out of one bag. The second pot was easily as good as the first and I got the feeling I could have gotten several more steeps out of it. I may have to get some of this, especially considering how easy to brew it was! I love jasmine teas but don’t drink them nearly enough.
Sipdown! I went through my (virtual) cabinet and think I’m down around 126 now but in all honesty it’s kind of a mess right now. Once I finish off a few more it’ll be a lot easier, I suspect.
I’m still struggling to write a review of this. I’ve had it three or four times but it feels nondescript to me. The spices are present but not strong, the base is fine but not very interesting, and it’s not one I naturally reach for. It tastes a little watery, both with and without milk. I think I’ll pass on restocking this one.
This time of year means another sample of this one, and I still don’t know how I feel about it. There’s some potential there—I love chocolate/peppermint combos and it’s about the only way I can stand peppermint. This is very minty, and while there might be some white chocolate flavor I wish it was more prominent or switched out for a darker chocolate. The stevia continues to be one of my least favorite ingredients, especially since I don’t usually sweeten my tea. This could be vastly improved with a darker chocolate flavor and less (or no) stevia.
Well, I’m sick again, which means little or no caffeine for a few days. This turned out to be a good choice tonight! The coconut is wonderful and gives the tea some creaminess even without milk (I really don’t like putting it in rooibos). I’m usually not a huge banana fan but it works well with the other flavors. There’s definitely some cinnamon here, but this isn’t a spicy chai—it’s mellow and easy to drink.
This is the end of this one. It didn’t look like there was much chili or chocolate in the spoon, but somehow it still tastes perfectly balanced! Maybe slightly less spicy than usual but still a dark, rich chocolate. This is one I may replace once I have my cabinet under control. Recently a David’s moved into a mall somewhat close to where I live, so it’ll be easy when I do.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Spicy
Briefly visiting home this weekend and I’m ridiculously happy that I have my stovetop kettle for a few days. The electric one in my dorm is pretty good, but I can’t make much of anything that shouldn’t be boiled (at least not without a lot of guesswork). Being home also means access to this tea!
This is perfect for a windy day like today. I seem to like nutty flavors more and more as it gets colder. The green is a lot fresher than I was remembering, and it goes great with all the comfort (i.e. creamy) foods I reach for when I’m cold. I may make myself a cup or two more of this throughout the day, especially since the weather doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.
This actually isn’t bad, but it doesn’t taste a lot like the ingredients list. The ginger overwhelms everything even though it’s mild compared to other ginger teas I’ve had. The green base is also mild and doesn’t burn easily, which is nice, but there’s not a lot of flavor from it. There’s a hint of something floral in the aftertase, but it’s more like rose than jasmine; I can’t find the jasmine in this at all. Maybe if I could I’d like this one better.