419 Tasting Notes
I gotta say that I’m kind of disappointed in this tea since it had so many high ratings. There is just this artificially bubble gum sweet smell and taste in it that I usually associate with soy lecithin, which I’ve learned is something I can’t stand in teas. For example Celestial seasons uses it in their lemon zinger. It’s not on the ingredient list, but maybe it’s used as a preservative for this tea? I could smell it as soon as I opened the package, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be in the taste. I’m going to give the rest of the packet to my sister who tried it the other night and liked it.
When it’s hot, I can’t taste much else over the lecithin taste. bleh! As it cools, I start to get some cinnamon in the taste and a little of the raisins as an aftertaste, which is nice but not enough to make me happy. I wish I could get past the bubble gummy aspect of this, but I can’t.
Not quite so tasty when drinking it from an old travel mug with plastic top, but still tasty
How lovely! Drinking this tea is like smelling the scent you get when walking into a flower shop- minus the allergies! :-) I would almost say it smells/tastes like potpourri, but I would hate to make that comparison because I’ve always hated potpourri, which is kind of soapy, overpowering, and makes me sneeze.
At first this left me wondering if there was really any taste going on. As I kept sipping and as it cooled, I got a tiny little blossom of flower fragrance. As I got to the bottom of the cup, I imagined a whole garden of flowers erupting into glorious bloom! This really brightened my morning, which started out rather rushed and late. Perfect for a spring morning!
I am ever in search of the perfect blackberry tea. I steeped this one twice. The first time I did it with boiling water for 3 minutes without sweetener. It was slightly fruity with a smooth black tea base, but didn’t wow me. The second steep was better and slightly below boiling for about 5-6 minutes with a spoonful of raw wildflower honey. It brought out the blackberry much more, but still not quite as flavorful as I wanted it to be. Maybe I should try it as a cold steep.
After the Premium Taiwanese Assam blew my mind this morning, I was very eager to try the other teas I got from Butiki! Brewed up some of this for my mother and I this afternoon. It starts out with a very strong floral fragance and as it cools the pineapple comes out more and more. It feels very smooth and buttery. It leaves a slightly bitter after-taste that isn’t unpleasant- probably a result of the pineapple. A very tasty tea to relax with on a Saturday afternoon! :-)
This tea just blew my mind! It’s everything I like about black tea with none of the things I don’t like. I steeped 4 teaspoons in 16oz of water for 3 minutes in boiling water. (I like a BIG cup) with my large teavana infuser.
The first sips were bold and malty with out the bitter aftertaste I find in a lot of teas (I also am discovering I’m probably steeping most of my teas for far too long.) I was thinking at that point that it was good. I stepped away for a minute or so and it had cooled a bit. OMG! It gets even better as it cools. It feels soft and buttery in the mouth. And there’s things going on that I don’t have the tea vocabulary yet to describe. I don’t even think I’m going to try at the moment. I am thoroughly enjoying my second steeping of this. (Yes I drink a lot! I just came back from a 6 mile run so I gotta hydrate somehow.)
This is my first Della Terra Tea. I got 20 samples in the mail from them yesterday and also some teas from Butiki that I think I’ll start on tomorrow! I was excited about this one because it has peaches and carrots and peas! All are favorites of mine and I would never think of putting peaches with the other two.
The taste I mostly got from this tea was very sweet peach and green tea, which was nice, but I think I was expecting some more savory undertones from the veggies and lemon grass. I got hints of it in a sip or two. I think I will need to add a bigger amount of tea to my steep next time. It smelled so fragrant, I thought I’d only need a little more than a spoonful.
I bought this for work and kind of wish I hadn’t. The spices are overwhelming and don’t mix well together. I don’t really taste the tea at all. I use this tea for an afternoon boost when I need it (like this afternoon). I just want to finish off what I have of it quickly.
Allergy Relief Tea by Physical GraffiTEA
I picked this up the other day when I was at the store and started to drink this today to see if it helps my allergies. It has red clover, plaintain leaf, elder flower, nettle, peppermint, licorice root, and hibiscus. I threw in a spoonful of raw honey for good measure. I let the infuser just sit in my travel mug for the duration of my 2 hour commute and now on a second steeping.It doesn’t taste like much- just kind a general herbal taste. Maybe I’m just not familiar enough with the taste of the ingredients to pick out each one. I don’t taste peppermint at all and the licorice is just barely there. It’s not unpleasant or bitter, but it’s not something I would drink just for taste. Reserving judgment on it’s practicality until I drink for a few more days.
I wasn’t feeling adventurous this morning, so I got a tea I know I like. I love the slightly tart citrus in this and the green tea is tasty as well. I didn’t let the bag sit in the cup like I did last time and it is much better for it- no added bitter element.