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Well, I have been holding off on this one for a while! It’s not as bad as I thought it would be based on the aroma! It smells like fennel, coconut, and dirty socks! Ok…maybe not dirty socks…but socks.
Anyhow…the taste is spicy and floral but malty and coconut. I can pick up on the carob and fennel individually. I think the coconut and the crystal malt was probably the saving grace.
It’s not bad but I know I wouldn’t buy it in a store for my own personal stash. If you like herbals and lots of the herbally-tasting stuff you will prob like this!
I usually don’t care for herbally herbals – only minty ones.
I will usually try almost all teas at least once, however.
So…I have been pushing this one to the back of my stash for a while – only because of that.
It’s actually not too bad, considering the herbally aroma and contents. I can taste the floral, herbal, and lemony notes. Thankfully the cinnamon isn’t getting in the way!
Dry Loose Leaf Scent: Papaya & Flowers
Wet Loose Leaf Scent: Green Tea, Papaya, Pineapple
Liquid Scent: VERY slight mixture of all of the above
Color: Typical medium Green Tea look to it
Taste: Primarily a Sweeter Green Tea Taste with hints of Pineapple and Papaya…more Pineapple than Papaya. The floral notes sneak in towards the end of the sip and throughout the aftertaste.
A pretty solid flavored green!
First and foremost this is a BLACK flavored tea…It’s a TRUE Black tea that is gently flavored with several lovely ingredients. The dry loose leaf mix is colorful and fun and smells pleasant…mostly of the black tea and Passionfruit and Mango in the background. For the taste…POW! Like I said…BLACK Tea…the flavors are on the assist but nothing takes the lead over the Black Tea. If you are looking for a flavored black that is gently flavored and can still taste the boldness of the black try this! I think you might like it. I know I do! It’s very nice!
Smells of a fruity black tea. I’ll never get tired of the color of those ’lil flowers! :)
Post infusion it’s dark brown in color and the fruity scent blend in better with the black tea…prior to infusing the fruity aroma was more in-your-face.
I can certainly tell there is both black tea as well as fruity in this when I sip it but the play nice with each other and the fruit nor the black tea taste race ahead of the other. I’d say they are pretty “Even Steven”.
I can taste the flower at the very beginning of the sip but then it turns into fruit to never be heard from again. I’m actually happy it’s that way because then you taste the fruit and black tea which is the main feature of this flavored black. It works well!
For scent…if you were to take your stereotypical Chai smell add a little orange scent and even a little more chocolate – that’s what you will smell with this creation!
After infusion – add a ginger scent and that would be the only different I would say as far as sniff goes.
To this day I think Rooibos has a distinct smell but it it’s clouded here and that’s ok with me. This is a medium brown in color post infusion. The taste is pleasant and sweet but the spices are still there…mostly ginger but the ginger isn’t obnoxious. It’s surprisingly smooth and I can pick up on the chai notes as well as the chocolate and orange. It’s lovely that the other ingredients pulls away from the stereotypical rooibos flavor as well.
Many of you know I am trying to do at least 1 rooibos a day…so…this is my official Rooibos of the day but I wouldn’t be shocked if it isn’t the only one.
I must say this little gem surprised me…the more I drink this the more I like this. This is yummers!
Rich, malty, steeped 5 min without bitterness! Bright amber liquor with delicious aroma and very little astringency. Great by itself, and just as good with milk and sugar. I bought a pound. Some will be used in blends from Aeon Infusions. Second steep was okay, but maybe not if you have guests.