9 Tasting Notes
This was another of the samples I got when I ordered my 24 Days of Tea advent calendar (is it December 1st yet??) and I tried it tonight before bed. Dry, this smells really sweet, so I was worried that it would be nauseating, but the hibiscus and rhubarb balance the sweetness of the strawberry nicely. There’s a creamy finish to this, owing to the yogurt, I’m sure. This is a really nice dessert tea, and I’m sure it’s better for me than a bowl of ice cream.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Hibiscus, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart, Yogurt
I’m pleasantly surprised by this tea because I’ve had a hard time finding a green tea that I like. My friend recommended this though after having the same trouble, and I’m happy that she did. This is a nice way to avoid some of the weird aftertaste that I find with green teas, with a slightly sweeter finish. The walnut isn’t overpowering, either, which I appreciate.
Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Pineapple, Walnut
This is a tea that has grown on me. The first couple of times that I made it, I wasn’t a fan, but I had two bags of it (one purchased, one gifted), so I figured I’d try it again. Now it’s becoming a staple during my nightly routine. This tea is mellow and not too sweet. I use lavender and chamomile lotion and room Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works to relax me and this tea helps to accomplish the same thing. :)
I will admit that I brewed this from one of those samples that David’s Tea throws you when you order online from them, so I wasn’t precise in measuring the tea, or the water, so much of the problem I have with this tea could be attributed to my own laziness. That said, this tea seems weak to me. It’s just not very robust, although it certainly smells deceptively so. The aroma is delightful, particularly if you like berries. I also love the smell of lavender, so my expectations for this tea were high by the time I took my first sip. And I was sadly disappointed. I just wanted something more from it than what I got. It smells better than it tastes.
I’m pleasantly surprised by this tea. Dry, the aroma is so strong that it can be overwhelming, but once it’s steeped, it mellows out and tastes almost rich, but not cloyingly so. I don’t really like chamomile tea, and got this as a gift, so I was reluctant to try it, but quite happy with how it turned out. I don’t know if it’ll become a favourite, but on the first try, it’s not bad at all.
Flavors: Lemon Zest, Licorice, Orange Zest
There’s something missing in this tea and I can’t quite place it. Maybe there isn’t enough spice for my liking, or maybe I’ve had so many Chai Tea Lattes from Starbucks lately that my tastebuds are out of whack, but there you have it. This isn’t a bad tea, per se, it’s just not what I was looking for. I think I’ll try the Saigon Chai next time.