352 Tasting Notes
I used almost twice the amount of leaf I usually use with rooibos/honeybush blends – I was finishing off the remainder of this sample from my Fall Try me pack. It seems less flavourful than I remember. Maybe it’s because it’s springtime, but there’s a faint part of the sip that reminds me of the smell of freshly cut grass, but sweeter. I’m glad I got to sample this, but it’s not one I’d likely repurchase.
My stash of honeybush was starting to look a little thinner than usual, so I decided to try this one when 52teas had their last sale. This flavour isn’t something I normally would select, but I figured a sale was a good time for me to branch out and try new things. The smell of the dry blend reminds me of artificial lime flavoring, which is not usually something that I go for. I tried it hot last and was still unsure of it, if I think about it, I could kind of taste kiwi, but if I didn’t know that was the flavor, I wouldn’t guess it. I decided to wait until this morning and try it cold before I formulate my opinion, because let’s face it, both kiwis and cucumbers are better when they’re cool, otherwise the saying would be “as warm as a cucumber” :P
Fast forward to this morning:
Now that it’s had the time to cool, the kiwi and cucumber flavors are truer to my expectations: bright and cooling. For some reason I’m still getting that artificial lime scent that I don’t love, but there’s no lime listed in the ingredients. It’s probably just my imagination?
Drinking this again tonight and I still smell and taste lime when it’s hot, but now it seemed to have mellowed down to taste more like kiwi now that it’s cooler…hmmm…it’s growing on me
I was distracted when I drank this in the morning, so I will delay rating this until the next time I brew it up. I do remember hints of baked notes which reminded me slightly of vanilla pound cake (I’ve never had butter brandy cake, but it sure sounds good). I’m sure this tea is delicious, and the next time I drink it, I will have to give it more of my attention…I’m sure it’s worth it.
I was going through the pictures of the renovation/addition project of our home so far. The weather hasn’t been the best this past week, although I know it could always be worse, so I’m not going to complain. I just feel sorry for those poor guys working up there to remove those slippery shingles. The weatherman promises that it should be warming up soon – I hope he’s right. Here’s a link to a picture of the house without the roof, and our hard working construction guys http://canadianadia.tumblr.com/image/51820541942
So I followed the advice some of you recommended and I added more leaf when I made this, and it was definitely better. Much better. Thank you for your suggestions. I still prefer a heavier base, so following another tip that one of you dear Steepsters mentioned, I decided to add another tea to strengthen the base. I unwisely selected Infusion Bouteaque’s Pumpkin Spice Flavored Black tea (which is another tea that I don’t love). I think I should have chosen more wisely, because I made it worse. Much worse. DOH!!
I guess my experiment proves…two wrongs don’t make a right, but two Wrights made an airplane –HAHAHA!…get it? the Wright Brothers?…yeah, I laugh at my own dumb jokes….and then I explain them :P
I’m so glad I returned the other pouches of this. I’m pretty sure the next person who buys them will enjoy it more than I did. I think I’ll just chalk this one up to a combination of not suiting my taste, and user error.
I love this tea. It’s sweet and satisfying and it’s another one that tastes best when made with water heated just to the point where it is still sippable (not boiling). This reduces the wait time from when I start making it, to the point where I can enjoy it. The perfect remedy for my morning case of the “gimmeteanows”.
I took this to today’s meeting/errands in my stainless steel travel mug and it was the perfect accompaniment to a fantastic day.
It was supposed to be sunny. The weatherman was wrong again (for most of the day), but interjecting sips of hot butter-caramel-like flavor into a gray cloudy day seems to make it all seem better. The only thing I struggled with was trying not to say “mmm….this is good” after every sip. I finished my pouch of this today, but I thankfully have another one on standby. It’s a good thing too, I start a new work position on Monday, so I foresee many more morning cases of the “gimmeteanows” in my near future.
I’m finishing this off from the 12 days of tea.
I do enjoy white teas when I drink them, but I tend to reach for them with less exuberance than black tea. This one is light, fruity, and refreshing. I enjoy the Black Currant flavor, and if I were more of a white tea lover, this would probably rank higher on my rating scale. This is better than I remember; (probably because I don’t have a cold today) I’m catching more of the subtleties of the tea. If a taste could be described as “pretty”, this tea would qualify.
I’ve noticed that this tea periodically goes on sale for half off which is a stellar deal, so if I catch this on sale while I’m ordering other teas, I would probably throw this one in as well. Upping my rating a smidge.
Aww… Why does this have to be so darn expensive? I bought 20 grams for $2.70 and I had to use the entire packet for my small teapot. I can get a couple of whole mangos for that price! I know that in the grand scheme of things I wouldn’t even bat an eye paying that price for a drink at a restaurant, but I expect a better deal for tea I make at home.
This tisane is seriously just a bit of dried fruit with a few minor floral additions and flavorings. Thinking about how inexpensively I could have bought many of the ingredients at my grocery bulk section is a little irksome, but I suppose I’ll make this is a rare treat? At least it tastes pretty good.
My blend tastes heavier on the orange with a complimentary mango flavor, but I’m sure this would vary greatly depending on what comes out in the scoop since the pieces are so huge. It was nice last night as a hot tea and it tastes just as good this morning cold. There is a slight tartness at the beginning and end of the sip akin to freshly squeezed orange juice, but not quite that intense. In all honesty, this could be described as a watered down orange, pineapple and mango fruit punch. To me that isn’t a bad thing – I typically prefer drinking juice watered down rather than full strength. It’s just the cost that really gets me. If it weren’t for the price I’d rate this higher, but I can get much nicer teas for less.
I love sharing tea with my Dad whenever he comes over. I typically don’t add anything to my tea, but he likes a touch of sugar. Today when he took a sip, he said, hmmm…this tea is different. He eventually said it was good, but his comment seemed a little cautious.I just realized what happened. I’ve been making tea for our designer lately and she usually takes two rounded teaspoons of sugar in a small cup, whereas my Dad takes one level teaspoon of sugar in a large cup. yeaahhh…I confused them. Whoops! Sweet tea for my sweet Dad :D To make matters worse, we were drinking our tea outside, and a bug decided to do the backstroke in his mug.
Well, mine was tasty. I’ve never had an actual Cuba Libre, but the taste and smell of cola is spot on. I’m glad I packed this towards the back of the cupboard to help me reserve it for the warmer months. I look forward to cold brewing this and maybe adding some club soda. I sure am glad that all cola flavored teas aren’t yucky…Yeah…I said it! Take that David’s Tea cherry cola! That’s payback for you making me consider power washing my tongue.
Hooray for me! I finally bit the bullet and decided to try my very first Pu-Erh!
I’d been simultaneously intrigued and dissuaded from trying Pu-Erh by the many descriptions I’ve read on Steepster. Some exalting the rich earthy flavor, while others describe the taste as having fishy qualities – ick!
I thought the best way to get me to try Pu-Erh, is to gently dip my toe in the water, with a tea that covers the base with plenty of flavors. I needed the Pu-Erh to be hidden like how my parents would hide zucchini in spaghetti sauce when I was a kid (and wouldn’t you know it, I like zucchini now). When I saw that the Della Terra Fall Try Me Pack had a sample of a Chocolate Chai Pu-Erh, it was a no-brainer.
I placed my order last Fall, and I happily sampled their teas, pulling this one out of the box, imagining a cartoon fish (you know the silver-gray kind, that looks a bit haggard, with the x for an eye), and I would quickly shove it back in the box to be passed by for something more “familiar”. For months, this packet was more of an obstacle to other teas than a tea destination. A tea pylon.
Well, Fall turned into Winter, and Winter into Spring, and I decided that I should stop being a chicken and give it a go…
…of course, another month passed…
…and a few more weeks…
…then a few more days…
“buck, buck…buck…BuckAHH!” I could practically hear the package taunting me. So I mustered up the nerve, grabbed the packet and headed for the kettle. As I poured the hot water over the tea, I snickered with a villainous grin (no…not really, but how great would that have been?)
I took my first sip…
…Chai!…mmm…chocolate. I can’t say that I detect anything fishy at all. The aftertaste sits on my tongue a little differently than a regular chai. A little drier at the back of the tongue, almost salty, but not quite. It’s mostly Chai. I was almost disappointed at how anticlimactic the whole thing was. I pictured the cartoon fish coming back to life and swimming away, and laughed at my over-active imagination.
Overall this tea is not bad, but it’s not one that I’d necessarily need to try again. However, it was the perfect stepping stone to a whole new area of teas that I had always shied away from. It was the perfect way to hide zucchini in spaghetti sauce.
I only bought a 10 gram sample of this tea, and it was just enough to make a small cup. It actually tastes like it could use more of the blend. I probably should have gotten 15grams, but I didn’t realize how heavy this mix was. Oh well, it’s not bad even as it is. It’s sweet and fruity with a slight tartness, like an apple. Now that I look at the ingredients and I see that apple is the first ingredient that absolutely makes sense. The fresh fruitiness reminds me a little of Davids Tea Indian Summer, but their ingredients aren’t overly similar, so I’m probably remembering incorrectly.
I imagine this would taste even better iced?
Overall, this is a decent tea, but it doesn’t capture my heart enough for me to keep stocked in my cupboard.