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All I remember about having this one before was that it was bitter and not good. So I dropped the temp to 195° and did a shorter steep time. And I used all the reaming leaf I had so I’ll never have to have this tea again.
Which is good because, even though this was made with lower temp water and a lower steep time, there is still this unpleasant bitterness that builds in my mouth after a sip. The tea itself doesn’t taste bitter, it’s just the aftertaste that shows up a second or two after each swallow.
Meh. It’s not as horrible as I remember it being but it certainly isn’t fun. And since the bitterness just seems to be getting worse as this cools, the rest of this cup is getting tossed out.
Amount: 1 teabag, 2.2g
Water: 8 ounces filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: lemon, herbs, hint of ginger
Steeped Tea Smell: lemon, ginger
Flavor: barley, chamomile, lemon
Aftertaste: lightly ginger
Liquor: cloudy orange-brown
This was an impulse buy at TJ Maxx, I always need more herbal teas.
I actually made this for MilitiaJim and stole sips.
I can not taste the rooibos at all, and the ginger is a mere hint.
MilitiaJim noticed it was not a real lemon, it was more lemon grass than lemon.
Post-Steep Additives: pinch German rock sugar
A bit more lemonade like
Well, we’re not tossing it but we’re certainly never buying it again. If anyone wants some let me know and I’ll send it your way.
I can definitely taste the chamomile. The honey isn’t strong, which is good because I’m not a fan of honey. I can also taste the meyer lemon, but again, it’s not too overpowering and doesn’t shout, “LEMON!” It’s not bad overall, a lot milder than I was expecting. I know Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons, but I think I was still hoping for more of a lemony taste. And I was intrigued by the dried honey.
Another random tea from my grocery store. Dry, I smell hints of cinnamon and pickle. No, really, I do. Just whiffs but it’s there. Brewed, it smells a little buttery and a little fruity and pretty strongly tea-like. The taste is nutty and a bit Darjeeling-like without having quite the same edge, but there is a nutty bitterness and astringency that fills my mouth after I swallow. The taste before the bitterness is pretty okay. Sort of like an old and un-sparkly Darjeeling. Not overly interesting but tasty. Before the evil bitterness.
I wonder if that bitterness will go away if I use less leaf, treating it like I would a black tea instead of like an oolong. At the same time, though, the taste of the tea might be pretty thin using less leaf because the flavor right now is obvious but flashes rather quickly through my mouth, chased away by the bitter end taste. Eh, I’ll have to try that next time because this tea tastes nice for that brief second before I swallow, but that end taste and feeling pretty much ruins this for me.
Okay, trying to save this. I diluted the remainder of my cup with hot water at a pretty much 1:1 ratio. Yeah, it’s like faintly Darjeeling hot water with an astringent tail. It’s boring. So it looks like my choices are flavorful but horribly astringent and bitter or a thin taste with lighter astringency and bitterness. Meh.
Yeah, just not a fan.
Wow, I’ve had a lot of tea today! This is the last bit of a small bag I picked up from the bulk tea section at my grocery store. I had enough leaf to make 3 cups but was only making for me and DH. One cup of chai just won’t do it around here as chai is a social tea only to be made for groups no smaller than two, so instead of having 1 cup’s worth of leaf languishing about, I dumped it all in.
The orange flavoring is not as strong but what of it there is is much stronger/darker. Orange peel instead of orange fruit. Now, neither DH nor I drink coffee unless we have to and even then, we both put lot of sugar and milk in it. That being said, this stronger chai is very coffee-like. Darker, heavier taste with a more acidic bitterness as an aftertaste. Of course, the fact that I made it with sugar and half milk/half water also lends toward the coffee similarity. Our type of coffee. Sweet, creamy, dark and a little acidic.
All this talk about girlie, lovely jasmine teas lately! It has sounded so tempting! So when I was digging around in the pantry to figure out what to have and saw this sample, I thought I’d bust it out again.
The jasmine smell is nice. But to me, good jasmine tea is light and fluffy and sort of dances around happily. This one stomps more than dances and has a total lack of grace. The jasmine is just too heavy and unnatural seeming. Or maybe it is the other flavors doing it. I can’t get any almond, but I taste a hint of the orange, I think. But ultimately, I think the quality of the jasmine flavoring is not all that high – nor all that natural.
Regardless, it’s not a bad tea. It’s pretty okay. But compared to the type of jasmine tea I wanted, it is a total miss.
Smells pleasant, not overbearing. I can smell the orange and the spearmint and the spice! It’s very light in color. Upon tasting the spice flavor is more prominent then you can taste the other flavors. I have to say I don’t like this one. I thought I would based on smell. But I don’t, I don’t think the Orange, Spearmint, and Spice blend well at all in this tea. Maybe my sink drain will like this one better.
At first I was going to give this a thumbs down but then I steeped extra long and made sure I smooshed everything I could out of the teabag. Next to no scent. Light in color and not strong at all. You can taste a little floral sample but it certainly doesn’t stand up to the description so I will stand neutral on this one