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I obviously didn’t read the packaging carefully on this impulse buy: it contains red rooibos. My taste buds seem to have changed as I don’t enjoy red rooibos anymore. Unless it is heavily masked. Also the cocoa tastes very fake in this blend. Not tasting much bergamot or berry. Just fake chocolate rooibos :-/
Another Target tea — but so far I have been pleasantly surprised by both of the teas I have purchased there. I brewed this tea for three minutes using very hot water, and am getting nice notes of chocolate and bread from it. It’s not the most complex tea in creation, but it’s a reasonable compromise between cost and tastiness. Also, the Archer Farms people must have a tea snob on their package design team, because the top of the tins are clear, allowing one to see the nice long leaves inside.
I was thrilled to find pyramid tea bags at Target, and me being me I gravitated toward the fruit and floral combo. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a jasmine I didn’t like!
The first thing I noticed about these bags is that the amount of leaf contained therein is fairly little. That means that it’s easier to adjust the amount in your cup when using multiple bags (smaller increments) but I’d really rather have enough leaf to make a large cup with a single bag. It’s also not particularly pleasing to the eye or nose, with a lot of small pieces and no strong scent.
The flavor of this tea is about what you’d expect from something that costs $3.50 at a grocery store. Distinctly green — the generic green that you usually get with loose leaf labeled just “green tea”. I detect a little bit of what I assume is the jasmine but probably couldn’t guess if I didn’t already know, and a bit more fruit that reminds me most of peach (the ingredients tell me it’s actually apple). However, it takes some effort to pick that out; casual sipping means that everything is blended together into a mix that isn’t very harmonious. It’s the kind of tea that would turn casual drinkers off of tea: a jumbled mess of flavors that should be good together. As someone who rather likes tea, however, I don’t hate it — I just marvel at how poorly the mix was made.
I often oversteep this in hopes that the flavor will change and become stronger, and the jasmine does — but it also becomes unpleasantly bitter.
Hmm, I guess I haven’t reviewed this yet. Okay!
I am not an earl grey person at all because I really don’t like bergamot and I imagine this is why I don’t like this tea very much. I decided to give it a try because I thought the unusual combo of flavors would be different enough to possibly change my mind, but unfortunately that was not the case. I am coming to appreciate black tea and rooibos combinations since you get the flavor of black tea with less caffeine, but I’m just not into whatever they did with the chocolate and berries. Honestly, it doesn’t taste like chocolate or berries or earl grey, it just tastes… weird. I can’t figure out what it reminds me of. Not undrinkable, but weird and mildly unpleasant.
Another downside worth mentioning is that there is very little leaf in each bag. I have to use two in all but the smallest of mugs.