23 Tasting Notes
Don’t be fooled by its delicate, flowery scent — this tea is bold. It makes its intentions known immediately, turning a cup of hot water from clear to cranberry-red within seconds. Usually, I add honey and lemon juice to my tea to get a balance of sweetness and tartness, but this tea held its own in the tart department.
On a more random note, rose hip is supposed to be good for your skin. Next month, I’m in a community musical, and with up to three shows a day and goodness knows how many makeup changes, I’ll probably be drinking this tea a lot in the days to come.
I made a cup of this tea hot, and the spices were just overwhelming — I’m talking a punch to the throat here. Then I got distracted by the book I was reading and let my tea get cold. At first, I was annoyed that I’d have to heat it back up, but I took a sip of it cool and it was a lot calmer. This definitely has potential as an iced tea. When the weather gets warmer, I’ll give it another shot.
This is the Asian equivalent of Lipton Hot Tea (it was actually already in my apartment — left behind by the previous tenant — when I moved in… hm…) Generic, basic black tea, it’s nothing to write home about, but it works when you just need something hot to drink. With the addition of some honey and lemon juice, it’s my go-to drink whenever I have a sore throat. It can get bitter if brewed for more than a few minutes.
This tea is delicious in iced form. Surprisingly, the mellow chamomile doesn’t dilute the apple taste, and the bold apple doesn’t overwhelm the chamomile. The two flavors complement each other quite well but are probably best without any additions. I tried adding mixing it with a jasmine tea once, but the jasmine was hardly noticeable.