507 Tasting Notes
Time to crack open one of the several samples I got with my DT order. I normally don’t care for hibiscus. Too tart. Usually gives me a weird dry feeling in the mouth. But it really works well with the citrus fruits here. Not so in-your-face.
Because I only had a sample size, I didn’t want to cold steep it in my 1L jug (and wanted to simultaneously steep something in there!) so I busted out my Heineken pint glass, covered the brew with saran wrap, and let it sit in the fridge for about five hours.
When I uncovered the glass, whew! Soooo intensely fruity-smelling. Like to the max. The taste isn’t nearly as fruity though. Again, hibiscus-y but it’s not overkill or anything. I definitely still get that overly tart dry-mouth feel after each sip but I’m distracted by the slightly sour citrus notes to truly care. Probably the best hibiscus tea I’ve had thus far.
There is also grapefruit in there, but it tastes much sweeter to me than a straight up grapefruit. I wouldn’t buy this but it’s still better than I expected.
Has anyone tried this iced? I’m sure everyone is sick of my iced tea experiments, but this is definitely noteworthy. I thought it would be weird. A cold pancake iced tea? Huh. But actually, cold steeped, the black base calms down and the maple syrup is stronger. In general, I tend to find Frank’s black tea bases too domineering despite playing with the steeping parameters.
The maple syrup flavour isn’t just maple syrup though. It’s a melange of maple syrup, toffee, and vanilla syrup, but mostly maple. No cakey flavours but I like this the way it is.
Try it sometime!
Ultra mega steep failure. Life got in the way and I completely forgot that I put this to steep, so this got a horrifying ten-minute steep. So down the drain that went and I just redid is properly.
Back to business. The second this touched my lips, I thought, “Wow, that’s buttery!” However, the aftertaste is a little on the vegetal side. It’s not bitter at all and leans towards the sweet side. With each sip, the butteriness subsides and the vegetal side of this takes over (and I personally don’t care for that).
It is nevertheless very well-balanced and excellent quality. I can see why this is a bestseller.
The time has come to cold steep this bad boy. I made a 1L jug of this and just drank it all in one sitting. I think that says it all!
I was worried that the coconut wouldn’t be strong enough for my liking, but it was perfect. Cold, creamy coconut. Such a perfect summer beverage. I still need to pick up some Malibu and try it with this. I very rarely add anything to my tea, but imagine having a Malibu Coconut Cream Pie cocktail at a summer barbecue or something. Perfect.
I already have round two steeping in the fridge. Definitely prefer this blend cold than hot! AND I upped my rating.
I thought I’d try the rest of my sample iced. I definitely prefer this hot, but I was so sure it would be even better iced! I find that the tea base gets a little too astringent and the blueberry gets lost in it. Perhaps I cold steeped it for too long, but either way, I can tell that the blueberries don’t have a chance. Oh well.
w00t I could always use a tasty maté. Maybe my senses are really messed up right now, but I swear this smells more like chocolate banana than chocolate raspberry, and it even tastes like that too. I can also taste warm toasty almonds.
After this has cooled down quite a bit, I can definitely both smell and taste the chicory. Not my favourite flavour, but it works really well with the chocolate and maté.
Glad I bought this one, but it won’t be a staple in my household.
Mmm, coconut. As soon as I smelled this in the pouch, it reminded me of 52teas’ Coconut Cream Pie except with more vanilla.
The taste is so smooth, like warm buttery coconut. While I don’t get any rum from this, I can most definitely see this being divine with a splash of rum.
I like this slightly more than Coconut Cream Pie because the tea base isn’t as in-your-face and the vanilla makes this even creamier. While I take a sip, I swear I even smell some caramel in my cup.
Can’t wait to try this with hazelnut spice rum.
This dry leaf sure smells great. It’s flaunting its chocolate and cinnamon like nobody’s business. Especially the cinnamon, which is like a fresh cinnamon stick. It makes me think that I am about to eat a high quality bar of organic Aztec spice chocolate sans cayenne.
I am really not sure what to make of the flavour. I can’t taste any green tea or rooibos in here, and the cocoa is extremely subdued. The only flavour making itself known is the cinnamon. I followed the steeping instructions and stuck to the maximum four minutes but maybe I should be bad and steep it for longer next time. It wouldn’t hurt.
So right as I was finishing off that first batch, I rushed off to boil some more water and brew a single cup with fresh leaves, and let it steep for a good six minutes. It’s a lot better now. The cinnamon is quite a bit stronger now. It’s definitely like I dropped in a couple cinnamon sticks into the water. The cocoa is kind of there in the background, but not nearly as obvious as the cinnamon. This is great if you feel like spice, but don’t want a heavier chai, and the green tea keeps this lighter too. I’ll easily finish off my 50g but it’s something that I wouldn’t buy again.
This was the other tea that I chose when I made my first Teavana visit. I winged it and went in without reading reviews here first, and when I came back to the hotel after, went on the interwebs, and discovered the horrid reviews, my left eye twitched for a good couple minutes. $14 right there.
What drew me in was the fact that I was in an oolong mood and I liked the idea of berries in this, and figured it would make a great iced tea. It also smelled really good.
I just finished cold steeping it in the fridge for about eight hours, and honestly, it’s not that bad. It’s a little weak, but I think it has just enough flavour to make this refreshing for the summer. The berry flavour is definitely there, but it’s a little vague. I think it’s trying to be strawberry more than anything else.
It’s actually not that bad. I won’t have a problem finishing up what I bought but I wouldn’t repurchase. I probably won’t bother trying it hot.
I haven’t had this tea in a couple years, and bought a cup at the store back when DT just opened at West Edmonton Mall. I remembered liking it, but thought it was nothing special, so I never went back to it. But thanks to the Steepsterites, I have decided to give this another whirl and order some. So glad I did, so thanks to everyone for the suggestions!
The dry leaf seriously smells like a peppermint patty. And the candy lips and mini dark chocolate chips are adorable. Even the aroma of the steeped tea stays strong with the chocolate mint vibe.
Taste-wise, I don’t get as much chocolate, but the mint is clean and pronounced, and there’s a sweetness to this that separates this from most other peppermint teas. I don’t get any heat from the peppercorns, but once again (third tea I reviewed today that had this problem!) I think I should steep it a little longer. I’m always paranoid of oversteeping so try to take it easy on that the first time around. The tea base isn’t overpowering at all, so I’m quite positive that giving this another minute or two will only amp up the chocolate and wake up those peppercorns.
I think that was maybe the problem when I had a cup of it at DT? Perhaps the SA didn’t steep it too long, and together with the tea bag, the chocolate didn’t have a chance. Poor thing. But this is definitely a charming tea that I think would make an excellent gift, both because it’s so visually appealing and because it’s a more universally liked flavour.