Distinctly Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

40

Definitely can taste the dense smokiness of this tea — it tastes a bit like burnt pine sap. Not my favorite.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72

A decent breakfast tea, but not as robust as Punjana or Twining’s Irish Breakfast tea, which disappointed me a bit. Had some small white and orange-colored bits in with the tea, and the tea itself seemed closer to “finings” than the picture would indicate. If given the chance, I’d probably try their Scottish Breakfast or English Breakfast instead. It’s not bad — just not my favorite.

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22
drank Energize Me by Distinctly Tea
17 tasting notes

The peppercorns threw me off of this tea, but if you stick with it you can get a nice blend of everything.

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85

Quite the tasty last cup of this tea. Might have to get more.

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88

This was the last of a small sample that I had. Thankfully, I just got some of this from a different company. It will be interesting to see how the two match up to one another.

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88

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76

Of course I still have some of this left – I never finish anything, it seems. I made a cup of this to take with me to switchboard today in my never-ending quest to finish some GD tea! The smell of the dry rooibos is sweet and vague, kind of bubble-gummy (as flavoured things keep seeming to me lately). The rooibos pieces are really large, the biggest I’ve ever seen so there is nothing to escape through my infuser – huzzah!

Steeped, this becomes an orangey amber and has a very sweet faux fruit aroma. I have no recollection of this being stellar but it is hard to imagine it being BAD. Just so-so, I think. The flavour is very similar to the aroma, an imprecise and artificial fruit flavouring. Nothing cranberry and nothing tart. This is the sort of blend that I would to have hibiscus in, I wonder if it might be improved by a hint of hibiscus. I don’t think so though!

ps – It does actually have a hint of craisin flavour to it. Man, I like craisins but only in my trail mix. I wish I had some now, I totally need to make up another batch of trail mix for work!

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85

Okay, so this tea cannot make up its mind. Black? White? Which is it!? Plus it has ginger AND peaches! Wow, what a massive combination. I love the sound of it, but only a taste test will reveal its true colors (color? flavor? okay, no more puns). Following directions, just like kindergarten…one heaping teaspoon, eight ounces of water, boiled water. Wait, what? Every white tea that I have ever consumed has directed me to not use boiling water. However, I put my trust in Distinctly Tea and boil the water anyway. Four minutes of steeping later, we have a brew that smells faintly of peaches, a bit of black tea, mostly of white tea, and not much (if any) ginger, so far as my nose can detect. The first sip, though, carries the ginger straight from cup to taste buds in less than a second. The ginger is definitely present! More subtle than I expected is the taste of peaches, which actually seems to be overwhelmed by the ginger flavor. That itself is slightly disappointing. As for the notes of tea, the smoothness of the white tea blends surprisingly well with the Ceylon black. I am impressed and sorry that I ever questioned the possibility! I just wish that the ginger and peach flavors were a bit more balanced. Aside from that, a very nice blend from Distinctly Tea. I would give it an 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88

The concept of a creamy Earl Grey sounded great to me. Distinctly Tea says that this Earl Grey de la Creme has hints of vanilla and cream in it. Smelling the dry leaves, I can definitely pick up on the sweet vanilla scent. It almost smells like Earl Grey with a high-end coffee creamer mixed into it. Following the packaging, I steep a heaping teaspoon in eight ounces of just-boiled water for four minutes. The aroma of the steeping leaves still carries a tinge of the sweetness with a lot of Earl Grey and its bergamot. The resulting brew is a subtly sweet brew. The vanilla blends wonderfully with the not-overly-strong bergamot to create a very pleasant pick-me-up drink. On my personal enjoyment scale, I rate this tea an 88/100.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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66

I don’t know what to get of this taste. It’s not a bad taste, you can taste the rooibos tea in this, quite a woodsy taste, I can’t really taste white chocolate in this, maybe a little hint of toffee but otherwise it tastes like a sweet rooibos wood flavour.. all in all.. it’s not as it says on the tin, actually it tastes a very small amount of irish creme!! I should put some in if I had any on hand haha..

I would drink it all.. I wouldn’t buy this tea again, I got a sample of it and I’m glad I’ve had it, been sifting through bags and bags of samples!! a million left to go! haha.

gmathis

White chocolate is such a light flavor on its own; I think it’s hard to find a balance of other ingredients that don’t overpower it.

Maisonlula

I agree,, maybe if it wasn’t rooibos I could have tasted it better.. but white chocolate is hard to taste in any case.. the toffee was hard to detect aswell..

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Full review’s posted here: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2685/tea-review-distinctly-tea-hers-womans-herbal/

There’s been a recent thread on discussion board about herbs/tisanes for all things female; I think this one could be added to the “pretty effective” list.

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73

Had this tea in a thermos to accompany me to work yesterday. It was pretty good. The taste was like craisins. I think the flavoring was neither too strong nor too light. And the rooibos wasn’t too woody or medicinal. I’d say this is a good rooibos base. Green rooibos is still my favorite for fruity flavors though.

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64
drank Energize Me by Distinctly Tea
18 tasting notes

Delicate herbal tea. A nice tea to start of a relaxing weekend…

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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Trying to attack my little sample packet scientifically for a complete review for medicinal effectiveness at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com later on, but first impression is that it tastes a lot less nasty than I had braced myself for. Black pepper in a tea—that’s a new one, and on this raw day, it feels good.

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88

http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2514/tea-review-distinctly-tea-earl-grey-de-la-creme/

I think that one of the best things that ever happened to Earl Grey tea was meeting the vanilla bean. It must have been movie magic. I can see it now…

INT: A Parisian Salon.

Various teas and flavorings lounge about, chatting, discussing worldly matters and current gossip. VANILLA sits in the corner, alone, draped across a chaise longue. She is long, lean and highly sweetly scented.

The camera pans to the door where EARL GREY, a dark, swarthy yet citrus scented tea enters. He scans the room until his eyes fall on VANILLA. He beelines to her, drops to one knee, grabs her hand, and looks deeply into her eyes while kissing her hand.

EARL GREY (huskily): ‘Allo. I find myself inexplicibly drawn to you. I feel we could make amazing brews together.

VANILLA: (swoons)

Music swells.

….and scene. Only problem is that just like movie magic, there are frequent copycats that just don’t have the verve and je ne sais qua of the original. I’ve had varied luck with the different Earl Grey de la Cremes out there on the market.

Luckily, Distinctly Tea has got a pretty good version of this classic couple. The black tea base of ceylon and assam is sturdy and the flavoring agents blend beautifuly. The vanilla is creamy, and the bergamot avoids the trap of tasting like perfume. Highly scented, highly flavorful. Lovely tea. I reccomend it.

Yum.

KeenTeaThyme

I’m imaging Earl Grey to be played by Colin Firth… ;)

gmathis

Chuckle :)
Love your reviews.

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18
drank Bamboo Sprout by Distinctly Tea
84 tasting notes

WOW. This green/fruit tea blend has very overpowering fruity notes that confuse my palette. I found it really hard to down because the balance between the fruits in this tea and green tea were really off. It was a mismatch of fruits with cardamom. I would probably suggest using half for a full cup, or mix with straight tea to rebalance the fruits in this tea. I was disappointed. I purchased 100g of this too :(

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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68

Perhaps I didn’t prepare it right; the water was probably too hot, or I didn’t steep it long enough, but it tastes very weak. Despite the weak flavour, it’s incredibly aromatic. The chocolate really comes through in the scent, which is delectable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81

As a former coffee drinker, I was excited to try this tea. After steeping this tea for about 8 minutes, it definitely smells like a coffee beverage which was aided by adding a bit of sweetener and milk. Although this does remind me of coffee, the underlying flavor is definitely that of tea which I appreciate. This is quite good!

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