107 Tasting Notes
I made this last night and decided to skip sugar, risking that the flavor might be weak without it… The banana flavor was actually quite strong (I can’t remember how long I steeped it) and I think I could taste a bit of the coconut. This was a fun tea. It’s both flavorful without sugar and caffeine-free, so I’ll definitely be happily finishing my sample of this in the evenings.
I made this with a bit of rock sugar and steeped it for about 6 minutes. Very tasty! It was more sweet than spice, but the spices complemented the sweet taste very nicely. At first I thought this would be better with cream, but as I continued the cup I decided it was just fine without it. I look forward to finishing my sample of this, but I don’t know if I like it quite enough to buy more.
(Sample from silentrequim. Thanks!)
This tea was not bad, but it wasn’t what I expected. I recently learned that I enjoy earl grey white tea, so grey herbal tea sounded like it could be good as well. The bergamot oil flavor was very light (I’m not even completely sure I tasted it, or at least it’s very different from what I’ve had in other earl grey teas), and the primary impression I had of this tea was fruitiness. That’s funny considering that there doesn’t seem to be any fruit in this tea… I’ll have to try it again, perhaps steeping longer and adding rock sugar.
Tonight I blended this with Russian Caravan black tea from Capital Teas, because when I had the chai alone last night there was no tea flavor to accompany the masala spices. The blend was a HUGE improvement.
I used 1 heaping tablespoon of Rooibos Vanilla Chai and about half to three-quarters of a tablespoon of Russian Caravan. (And like last night, I made it with a bit of rock sugar and half-and-half.) The resulting drink had a much fuller-bodied flavor than the chai produces alone. Very tasty! I will definitely be doing this again (perhaps experimenting with other blends).
This chai has masala spices, but it’s rooibos so there’s no caffeine. That is very appealing to me, because I’ve always associated masala chai with nighttime (perhaps because I’ve had it at dinner at Indian restaurants). It’d be nice to be able to consume it in the evening without worrying about caffeine.
I made this with a little rock sugar and half-and-half. The good news is that the masala spices are perfect. The bad news is that it tastes like there’s no tea underneath the spices. I only steeped this for about 4.5 minutes, so my next step is to try steeping it longer. If that doesn’t bring out a tea flavor, then perhaps this blending it with another tea will. (Maybe with a black tea? It will defeat the caffeine-free appeal of this, but the spices are excellent so I wouldn’t mind trading caffeine for a version with more flavor.)
This makes such a good iced tea! Just a bit of rock sugar, and perfection! I said I probably wouldn’t buy more of this, but Adagio’s Honeybush Hazelnut and Honeybush Vanilla just make such – good – iced – tea (the best I’ve had!), so I think I will be getting them again.
My first sip of this was delicious, which was a relief because the smell wasn’t very appetizing. The caramel flavor wasn’t too overwhelming and it enhanced the green tea nicely. However, less than halfway through the cup the flavor suddenly became bland. Did my taste buds just habituate to the subtle flavor? I’m not sure what caused the change, but it was disappointing given how good the first few sips were. I’ll have to have it again (perhaps making it stronger) to see if the same thing happens.
I bought this tea quite a while ago, and because it was so expensive I tried to only have it when I knew I could steep it at least three times (hoping to get “my money’s worth”). Sadly, that led me to neglect this tea, not using it while it was at its freshest…
I LOVED this when I first got it, but when I had it last week I found it a little sharp. I recently tried Teavana’s Phoenix Mountain Oolong, which is smooth and relaxing. It could be that this has aged a little too much, or my taste has simply become more refined with time (I bought this soon after I began exploring loose-leaf tea).
I had this tea a few days ago, so my memory is a little rusty. This is a good oolong, but the taste of the first steep was a little too leafy for me. The second steep was softer, but suffered for being less flavorful at the same time. I’ve read that sometimes you should quickly “rinse” leaves with hot water before steeping them, and I think I’ll try that with these leaves next time (hoping to get a flavor somewhere between what I tasted with the two steeps this time).
(I just realized that I’ve actually tried this tea before, and looking at my first log my impression seems to be pretty similar. Nice to know that my taste is consistent.)
I had Teavana’s Phoenix Mountain Oolong just a few days before trying this one again, and that one was so smooth that this one hurt by contrast. But I think I will try the “rinsing” method with this to get the right balance.
(Tea from silentrequiem. Thanks!)
I recently tried this tea again with just sugar, and I definitely find it more palatable than I did the first time. The beet flavor no longer bothers me (and it really helps to drink it in a black mug, so I can’t see the color). While the sugar improves the flavor, it’s almost “sickly sweet” in a way. I should be able to finish what I have, but I definitely won’t be buying this again.