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This is a very bitter, astringent tea. It tastes more like a black tea than the oolongs I’ve tried so far. The leaf doesn’t even look like an oolong. I’ve heard a couple of complaints about it being weak, so I brewed it for 2 mins. It sure wan’t weak, and the color came out a dark reddish brown.
If I were doing a blind taste test, I would say it was overcooked Lipton. I’ll try it again with a lighter steep time and temp to use up my leaves, but I’m not really looking forward to it.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Hay
This is the second straight green rooibos I’ve tried. This tastes less sweet than the one from Mountain Rose Herbs, but it’s also less astringent. It tastes mostly like hay and green growing things, with a mild sweetness and not even a hint of bitterness. It’s a very light, summery flavor. I bought this on Amazon, and it’s super cheap, but you have to buy a pound at a time. I think I like green rooibos well enough that I’ll drink it before it goes bad, but I guess now I’ll know for sure!
Flavors: Green, Hay, Sweet
I had high hopes for this tea, which is marketed as a “dessert” tea having the chocolate notes of carob alongside the mint. The problem that is nearly a deal breaker is the smell. I suspect its the fault of the barley (why barley in tea??) but there is yeasty unpleasant head to the smell. The taste is nice enough, sweet and smooth from the rooibos and mint/carob combo – but smell is very big for me and the smell at the front of each sip grows very unappetizing by the end.
Flavors: Chocolate, Spearmint
I was really disappointed with this tea. The scent is an on-point bing cherry, but the flavor can only be equated to warmed pool water. No cherry, no almond, mainly a heavily diluted honey. I gave away my box. Should have gotten Caramel Peach.
I had a cup of this while cat sitting. I was surprised by how flavorful it is – most bagged teas don’t do anything for me. I used two because this a big mug and it was pretty flavorful. Not strong enough to be a big wake-me-up in the morning, but pleasant. It is definitely citrussy and tropical, though I can’t say I taste mango specifically.
A sample from KittyLovesTea. I quite like orange in fruit teas, so I was interested to give this one a go. Interestingly, there’s a whole lot of chamomile in this blend. I can also see pieces of dried orange peel, cranberries, rosehip and hibiscus. Maybe good or maybe bad. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor is an odd reddish-grreen, and smells distinctly herbal. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact scent, but I wouldn’t say orange or cranberry.
Similarly with the taste, which is mostly chamomile and hibiscus. The hibiscus comes our first, as it usually does, and adds a tart, slightly sour, overtone. Second to emerge is the chamomile, which is sweet and honey-like. Not a great combination with hibi. I can taste a tiny bit of orange right at the end of the sip, but it’s nothing like as strong as I was hoping. Mostly, drinking this one reminds me of berocca.
It’s not unpleasant, per se, but it’s not a winner with me either. I can’t taste cranberry at all, so it’s mostly a hibiscus-chamomile tea, with an aftertaste of orange. Drinkable, but disappointing.
Oh my goodness. I didn’t realize this was a chamomile tea. I totally thought it was rooibos. My cousin in Oregon sent me tea last summer from a tea store up there. I hadn’t had much tea up until then. She sent me a few random RoT tea bags, and a couple tea bags of this tea. I totally fell in love. Thought this was the best vanilla tea ever.
Then a couple months later, I bought a pack of 100 tea bags of it because I loved it so much, and it was a way better deal than anything else I found.
But after entering the tea world, I got wrapped up in trying other teas, and kinda forgot about this one.
Not trying it again today. The chamomile totally caught me off guard. Totally oversteeped it too which made the chamomile have more of the sour bite to it. xD
I remember why I liked it though. It’s super sweet. It’s not a subtle vanilla at all, it’s very in your face.
But since I oversteeped it, it just tasted like super sour chamomile and a crap load of sugar in my mug. xD Anyway, I will definitely not over-steep it next time. And I’ll remember it’s chamomile. xD
On the bright side, the chamomile did relax my muscles some. And it’s been a horrible day, so chamomile is much needed for today!
Flavors: Sour, Sugar, Sweet
This is a nice, light green tea with a light mint taste. I quite like it. I find it soothing and refreshing. I drink a lot of green tea but sometimes I get bored with it so I like to change it up by drinking a green tea that has another flavour added. I find any tea with mint added, helps settle my stomach if I’m having tummy issues.
Flavors: Green, Mint