121 Tasting Notes
This makes a very nice iced tea. I’m typically not a huge fan of iced black tea, but the lemon (subtle) and mint (not subtle) give this a very pleasing flavor. I made this with a little bit of rock sugar and steeped in for quite a while (at least 6 minutes) before putting it in the fridge overnight.
It’s been probably two weeks since I tried this (I am way behind on my tea-logging), so I should probably log this when I next try it. The aroma of the dry leaves is… weird and not appealing, so I was nervous about how this would taste. Fortunately, the taste was much better than the smell! It was subtle and relaxing. It has a flowery flavor, but not the lack of a sweet flower aroma made it taste quite different from other flower teas (basically, the polar opposite of jasmine, which is strong, sweet, and demands attention). The subtle flavor made it a nice “wind down” evening tea, but I wasn’t particularly excited about this. I have so many other teas I like more than this right now so I may have some trouble finishing my sample of this… It’s not bad, but it’s not distinctive.
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.)