53 Tasting Notes
Received this in a traveling tea box (not Steepster’s). I love rooibos, I love blueberries, sounded like a great mix. Chose it to break in my brand new single-serving french press (I like to give the leaves lots of room – only put the plunger halfway down to pour).
Smooth, refreshing, sweet but not too much. The green rooibos is not as earthy as the red. I will be trying this iced as well!!
Received this in a swap from a friend in New Zealand. A breakfast tea with a hint of bergamot! It was a very full, very smooth cuppa, minus the bitterness I sometimes taste in other breakfast teas. Even the second cup from the pot, which had been steeping longer, didn’t taste bitter. Tried it with a bit of sweetener, and then with milk, and it was a true morning delight. I’ll be enjoying this tea a lot.
Drinking Lipton Echinacea – my go-to tea when I have a cold, and sometimes when I don’t. It’s sold out of Unilever in Turkey, I’ve never seen it anywhere else but in Israel. Love the combination of herbs, some of which I don’t like when they’re dominant. The blend works. Added a wee bit of wildflower honey.
Was served this in a cafe when I ordered chai. I’ve never seen the brand sold locally. Served in a tall glass with milk and cinnamon sticks. It was very full-bodied, and the spices blended beautifully. So far I’ve only seen it in this one cafe in town.
OK, this tea just saved me. Was on a cruise around the Greek islands, and I totally forgot from earlier experience that while the food on the ship was plentiful, varied, and delicious, the only tea was horrible generic dust in anonymous tea bags. (I understood from the coffee drinkers around me that the coffee served was just as bad…I wonder why that is??) I suffered it until thankfully, I found a little supermarket in the town of Oia on the island of Santorini that carried Twinings tea, and I bought a box of this. Ah, finally a decent cuppa in the mornings! Basic, sweet and with milk, my morning (and evening) tea became a pleasure to be savoured on deck in the sea air. Mm.
Opened it and the smell of cherry drops hit me. Hm… I was really hoping it wasn’t going to taste like cough syrup, but I needn’t have worried, it was pleasant and more like cherry tart along with the basic black tea. Smooth. Second steeping just as good.
Another package from my tea and yarn club. This arrived accompanied by yarn, of course, a lovely mug, and honey sticks, which were entirely unnecessary with this tea. Smelled heavenly, and tasted wonderful and sweet. ‘Twas fine with me that it was mild, it was also soothing. I liked the mix of black and rooibos, I’m not sure if it would have worked so well if it had been just one or the other. And the mix of chocolate, vanilla and coconut was a treat.
Received some of this in a tea swap. I love rooibos, not a great fan of lemongrass, so I was curious about blending them. The overwhelming taste is rooibos, so that’s good. I got a definite hint of the lemongrass in the smell, not so much in the taste. The rooibos wasn’t as strong or as “earthy” as some others I’ve tried, maybe that’s the lemongrass contribution.
A simple, pleasant cuppa before bed. I’ll enjoy the stash while it lasts, I doubt I’ll replenish the supply when it’s gone.
I received a box of this in a swap. I like a hint of ginger, but I’m not a great fan of lots of ginger…like I love a snowflake floating by the window but I don’t like getting smacked in the face with a snowball. The ginger smell hit me like a snowball. It continued while steeping, so I cut the steeping time a little short in fear that it would just be too overwhelming. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it. I taste the lemongrass and the ginger, kind of a peppery taste, but not the green tea so much. And the pear seems to be afraid of the ginger, it’s hiding pretty well. Maybe a little pear in the aftertaste, a faint finish.
The box is interesting reading, all about good karma. They claim this tea is yin, yang and yow – the yin being the green tea, the yang the ginger, and the yow the pear. I would call this a basically yang tea. I will drink this again, but I doubt I will get more after this is finished. I do want to try it iced, I may change the rating then.
Very good basic black, full bodied taste and no bitterness. It brewed up a deep golden red, and there is a very faint hint of fruit in the taste, but exactly what I’m not sure, perhaps cherry. It’s yummy with or without milk.
I don’t know if this is available commercially. I received it as a part of a tea-and-yarn club – The Unique Sheep “Sip-n-Stitch” club – and my package included Goddess Persephone tea, a tea infuser, and hand-dyed organic cotton/bamboo yarn in the Persephone colourway. It may be that this was blended just for the club. And at the moment the Goddess Teas online shop is under maintenance, so I can’t check. I will write and ask, though, as this is definitely a tea that I would purchase again.