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Thanks to Debi for giving me a sample of this tea! :)
This tea really surprised me. I thought it was going to be crazy tart due to the hibiscus but it wasn’t the case. It really did have a cherry flavour (although it is in more of the smell than taste) and the slightest amount of tart aftertaste (I was careful about my steeping time). This would be great iced and I may look into it in the summer time when I’ll probably be drinking more fruit teas,
Flavors: Cherry, Hibiscus
Got this at the Toronto Tea Festival. The Riston rep made it very clear that this tea was a best seller. They didn’t have it as a sample, so I bought it purely on the reputation he said this tea had. When I got home and logged it in my Steepster ‘cupboard’ I was very disheartened to see that the reviews were all negative, so it makes me wonder what the reputation was based on!
He did suggest I have the tea with milk and sugar. So based on the reviews stating it had a bitter taste, I brewed it very quickly so as to avoid that and added milk and sugar. It turned out quite nice actually! Like a lightly brewed English breakfast with a hint of strawberry. The strawberry does taste a bit like strawberry flavouring, but it’s not horrible.
Sipdown! But no change in numbers because I guess I didn’t record this one. Sigh.
Anyways, picked this up at the Toronto Tea Festival. This is the first tea I’m actually trying from Riston – I have samples of others (teabags and a tin split with Sil), but haven’t gotten to them quite yet.
The aroma was actually pretty flavourful once the water hit the teabag (prior there wasn’t much) – the tea looks to be flavoured with black/dark purple fruits, e.g. blackberry, black currant, blueberry – and what I smelled most was a juicy sort of black currant. Tastewise, it’s not bag for a bagged tea, but even with my standard green infusion parameters, which are pretty conservative (82C/2min), the base is bitter. However, it is quite fruity – again very black currant, with a punch of lemon. I really wish the base behaved, because this could actually stand as one of the better flavoured greens I’ve tried. I may try a re-steep, but with the base bitterness, it will probably just head down the drain.
So I cold brewed this yesterday with the intention of getting one more sipdown in on “Sipdown Saturday” but ended up going to a Brazilian grill and by the time I was done dinner, it was way too late and I was way too full to have anything else so I strained this and left it for today. Then life got in the way once again and I spent a few hours with my sister just relaxing and watching shows in bed and then I spent the evening helping her boyfriend dig a hole for his mom’s new shed. So, I finally got around to drinking this now and honestly, I am happy to be finishing this up. As a cold brew, it is more strawberry flavored than it was hot but still there is a touch of bitterness I am not digging and mostly I am just left feeling underwhelmed by this blend. Thank you Sil for the sample but this is one more tea I can cross off my list. 145.
So i finally got around to trying this one the other day, expecting the worst lol However, it’s actually not that bad. This is not quite the same tea that we had at the tea festival in my opinion but i’m wondering if that’s because they added sugar or something to it. Brewed as a GREEN tea, this works out nicely with a strawberry flavour that comes through. If the others brewed this as a black then i for sure see how this would have turned bitter and foul.
However, that being said, this isn’t the lovely tea that we had at the tea festival. That was one light and fruity and delicious. this one is..ok.
Not bad for a bagged tea.
The good: It’s fluffy and fruity! Probably strawberry, maybe raspberry.
I let it cool quite a bit, and I kinda like it that way.
The bad: I taste a bit of plastic waxiness, with just a hair of bitterness at the end.
Overall, I wouldn’t ever buy it, but would certainly have a cup if it was free or offered at a social gathering where the gen pop isn’t tea snobby like us! :)
Hot, this was like a lemon candy… but not a good one. Maybe one meant for soothing coughs and sore throats. You know, with that thick syrupy medicinal kick to it.
Cold, it was closer to lemon cleaner. Hey maybe I should have used it to polish my furniture instead of tossing down the drain
This has been at a sipdown-able level for around a week now, but I’ve been terrified to make the hot cup worth I’d set aside because the cold brew was so damn bad. I did it yesterday though, and I prepared a timolino worth for work.
Actually, it really wasn’t so terrible hot. Calling that cold brew drinkable would be a mighty fib, but this wasn’t so bad at all. There wasn’t a sensation of drinking slime or sewage; instead it was actually pretty solidly strawberry flavoured – I’d say more candy/artificial strawberry than realistic though. Downside? There was a harsh bitterness in the aftertaste that was scarily unpleasant – but not even close to the cold brew so it was bearable in contrast.
I would not drink this again and I don’t think I’d serve it to friends or family, but if you are going to have it my strong recommendation is you prepare it hot – and regardless I’ll lift my rating a bit because the hot brew was significantly better.
Flavors: Bitter, Strawberry
So, this is the first tea I pulled from the blends sent to me by the lovely Sil in our swap. I picked out three I wanted, and gave her free reign on sending whatever else and this is one of the things she sent. It’s something I’d have never picked for myself so I was hoping I’d be pleasantly surprised.
It seems a lot like the Prince of Wales blend I had from The Metropolitan Tea Company, just with strawberry flavour instead of currant. I didn’t particularly care for PoW but this smells pretty good so I was being open minded. I cold brewed it, and strained it this morning for work.
Unfortunately; this is foul. Basically it tastes like seaweed, rotten strawberry, and sludge. I literally gagged after my first sip. So, of course I dumped it. Sadly it’s not a sipdown; but I only have enough left for one small hot cup so I’m skeptically hopeful that the hot cup will be a bit better.
I’m gonna call it though: I’m thinking this just wont be for me.
Ok so here’s the deal. Piping hot, I looooove the flavour here. It’s the perfect level of tartness. Like a cherry pie! Mmm so good. But I can’t drink much tea when its hot like that, I take teeny tiny sips. And then it gets cold and looses flavour. Harumph.
I need to remember to drink this one first when I make more than one at a time…
Nice. For a bagged tea that is.
Hot, it tastes just like a cherry candy with a black tea twist.
Cold, it gets quite plastic-ish, but adding a bit of sugar helped. This is one I would love to enjoy iced but I don’t think it will go over so well. Sad.
Also, I can kinda taste the tea bag. Atleast I think that is what the faint cardboard note is anyhow! I hope it is that… If it wasn’t for those two factors, I would most definitely rate this in the high eighties as the cherry flavour is the perfect amount of tart and spot on cherry, when hot that is.
Bah. I’ll be happy to grab a cuppa this when I just don’t wanna think and plunk the bag into my mug, or when I’m in a rush dashing out the door.
Gah!!! I had a whole note on this written out. A clever one. With puns! and now it’s gone. Boo.
Coles notes: this was tasty. Comforting. I’d have it again. I was sad to not taste any cranberry but atleast the hibby didn’t dominate the whole darn cup. There was something soft about it as well. Like cotton candy. Could that be the apple paired with strawberry? Hmm.
Yay for free samples!
I bought this tea at the Toronto Tea Festival, since they had gotten third place in the North American Tea Championships, and I wanted an Earl Grey because its one of my favorites. Its one of the best Earl Grey’s I’ve ever had! It tastes really refreshing and I don’t even add milk to it like I normally do.
Drinking some of the amazing samples that yyz was generous enough to send me.
This is a nice caramel nutty tea. It’s a little strange – I actually went and looked it up – this tastes like a rooibos, but it’s not it’s a black. There is something in the flavoring that reminds me of rooibos. Interesting…. I like rooibos, so this isn’t a bad thing for me, but strange how that happened. All and all this is a fun little dessert tea and I am really happy to have had the opportunity to try it.
Having had this tea a couple of times this tea tastes and smells to me of hazelnut caramels with some coffee notes.
The caramel flavour is dominant and it tastes like the kraft caramel squares from halloween, with nutty hazelnut underneath. The hazelnut is pretty authentic those with allergies should stay away as it leaves me with an itchy throat. It brews to a dark red amber. The base tea is sweet and fruity with some spicy slightly leathery notes and subtle bitter coffee like notes underneath and and is smooth if brewed around 90-95. It becomes bitter if steeped at boiling.
The packaging is cute, a tall metal canister with a music box built in. The tune is unfamiliar to me but is pleasant and cheerful!