149 Tasting Notes
Polished off the last of my sample of this today, so it’s time to write a review. A review that can be summed up in one word:
So I definitely like roasty green teas, and this one was great. The popped rice is malty and savory, making this a great dinnertime tea. The green tea base itself is perfectly grassy, and it doesn’t get bitter unless you oversteep. A keeper!
Teavana sent me a voucher for a free cup of their featured tea. Turned out to be this blend. I was a bit disappointed because I’d already tried the cold sample and it was way too sweet and reminded me of fruit punch drink.
I asked for it hot with no sweetener. Wow, still super sweet and kind of artificial tasting. That could be the rose flavor. The peach is really present and I don’t think it blends well into the strawberry rose champagne. It still reminds me of watery fruit punch drink… just hot. It’s even a pink color.
This tea might be better iced, but as it stands, this just isn’t something I’m looking to drink.
No argument with other tasters who say that it is a weak vegetal brew with an astringent tendency. But! I don’t have any big problems with it. It tastes like a light, roasty green tea. Maybe this is due to an inexperience with higher quality dragonwell, but I’d drink this as a nice generic green tea.
I didn’t have time to finish drinking my cup of this hot yesterday night, so I stuck it in the fridge. Now I think this is way better as an iced tea. The fruity flavors stand out a lot more when it’s not hot, though there is still an odd sort of taste I haven’t figured out. It might be the type of oolong used? Unsure.
So this is definitely better now that I’ve figured out that I should steep the tea for less time. Otherwise I just can’t stand the bitterness.
Pumpkin Spice is way better than Candy Apple in this same holiday collection, but it’s not as strong as I expected. I’ve had this tea mixed into other Adagio custom blends and loved it, so I think that it shines best as an accent.
I had a cup of this today with some spiced donuts, and yeah, perfect combo. It made the allspice and clove flavor stand out a bit more against the black base. Despite my precautions, the tea at the very bottom of the cup was still a little more bitter than I like, but otherwise, I was satisfied.
Scooped a sample of this out of the bulk bin at Whole Foods, which in retrospect, seems a bad idea for this sort of loose tea -where there are various components of differing sizes, so some things float to the top and some to the bottom.
I think that might have colored my opinion of this tea, just a little. But I did do my best to get a balanced blend. In any case, this tastes like a version of Good Earth’s Sweet and Spicy. Heavier on the cinnamon than Good Earth, so it’s also sweeter.
Ultimately, I think the cinnamon is way overdone and that this tea is too expensive to buy, considering that when I’m in the mood for this sort of drink, Good Earth Sweet and Spicy suits me just fine…
I don’t have much experience with oolong, so this is new ground for me. Dry, this smells a lot like fresh coconut. The aroma extends into the brewed tea, which is a yellow green color. However, the taste is nutty and not very much like coconut at all. The coconut flavor sort of lingers in the mouth instead of kicking you in the teeth.
Not what I was expecting!
I had a free teabag of this and decided to have it as my nightcap. Dry it smelled fresh and a bit like citrus. Brewed, it was completely different. It tastes almost like a light black tea, maybe a very light darjeeling.
Anyhow, it’s smooth, a bit nutty, and while I wouldn’t say it was “sweet,” there is a hint of it. This was my first green rooibos, and I’m impressed.
In order to get the most apple-y flavor out of this tea, you need boiling water, 2 heaping teaspoons, and 4-5 minutes.
This is a warm, apple cinnamon tea with a bit of dryness. A pinch of honey really helps with that dry feeling and brings out the fruit. Great for winter afternoons.