1292 Tasting Notes
This was… boring! and a bit earthy? made me wonder if there was any bergamot in it…
So, I think I may have found another black tea that I dislike. There is no character, no sass… or identifying features whatsoever, unless you consider plain-ness a feature!
even with milk it was barely drinkable, but I did finish the cup. Oh well. Fingers crossed for the black currant and orange pekoe! the only other teas in the pack that I look forward to tasting.
I don’t know WHAT got into me but something compulsed (did I just make up a word?) me to have this tea. I bargained with myself, I proposed other, better teas… I looked at the ingredients and saw cinnamon and vanilla “flavouring” and even still, nothing could persuade my fool craving away from indulging an unworthy tea!
This was my last bagged tea purchase(and love) before I went all looseleaf so it holds a special place in my cupboard but I’m not sure if that’s one of disdain or fond memories!
And ya know what? it has got to be my sentimentality kicking in but this is pretty darn good for a bagged tea. Smooth and chocolatey… caffeine free… maybe I won’t throw it out after all. The only part that really niggles at me is the “flavour” part in the ingredients. Ya just know that means it’s fake! *sighs
ehhhh. So I’m nearing the end of my package (I only had a 25g sample) and I think most of the chickory slid to the bottom. This was not nearly as good as my last brew but I’m gonna leave the rating as is.
It kept me going through the afternoon so that is what matters! what a shame though… does that mean the rest of the bag is going to be worse with every cup???
a little bitter yet overly sweet. Not my fave, since my black tea obsession really kicked in. Oh well, no time for filling/steeping a bag at work so this will have to do! milk and sugar help :)
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I can’t believe I haven’t rated this one yet! I could have sworn that I had… hmm.
Anyhow, this was at one point a fave of mine, but not as much now that I am here in TO. See, I bought this in Florida, and the water must be different there because this tea in particular is not what I remember! The coconut oolong, which I also bought at the same shop, tastes better here, but not the rainforest mate. Odd huh?
Here, I taste more of the licorice, and the mate, whereas in Florida, it was all about the fruitiness. Can hard/soft water make that much of a difference?
Who knows. Oh and I am definitely getting the mint here, where I never noticed it prior. That said, it’s still very smooth, and I quite enjoy my yerbas.
So, my rating is based on these factors then:
1. This tea is useful, keeping me energized for the moment but it won’t cause me trouble later in the evening when I try to get some sleep. I also enjoy the yerba taste, as mentioned above. and again, it’s super smooth, also a good thing
2. I’m not a huge licorice or mint fan except in very particular circumstances (icecream for instance. I love mint chocolate chip!)
3. The fruity part, which initially drew me in is gone.
Thus, this tea would have previous received a score of 90, but is now relegated to 84. Oh well. C’est la vie!
ugh, so I made the fatal error of eating an apple just prior to having this tea! Note to self: Apple and tea do NOT go well together. I really should have known better. What was I thinking?!?
This was an interesting experience, but not one I’d like to repeat, and not by any fault of the tea!
The apple was somewhat sour, but it must have been sweeter than I had considered because the tea was just off. I think I didn’t make it strong enough either, because it tasted a bit watery. and flowery! The first time I had this one, it was more fruity and sweet, but this time it was all floral with a slight minty spice in the finish. The thing is, I had to add sugar, and more than I prefer under regular circumstances so it muddled the taste.
Dang, this one is all my fault to. I’m not changing the rating, I’d like to remember this tea the way it was the first time i tried it.
QuiltGuppy it looks like we’ve both had some puzzling tea-scapades today! thanks again for sending me this one :)
Mmmmmmmm this was just what I wanted. Ya know when you crave something very particular, and then manage to fill that want with the perfect thing? well, this was one of those times. The brewing circumstances turned out to be ideal as well. I will have to remember: 1.5-1.7 tsp(extra large mug), 5 min steep, boiling water. Perfection!!
I think my beloved Lover’s Leap could have done a better job… the only thing missing was that extra complexity I search for. No matter, I so badly wanted a bold, malty tea with milk! The last few days it’s been missing from my diet so it was becoming an issue. It was all I could think about! haha.
Anyhow, this rating is artificially high(previously an 86), but I’m ok with that. I feel that tomorrow will be a Marco Polo day though, if I’m home that is :)
Sidenote: does it annoy anyone else that when you create a second tea review and change your initial rating, it does the same to your earlier review as well? I know I am!! (annoyed)
Hmmm, this is an odd, but good tea. It’s comforting, very smooth, VERY refreshing and the flavours mesh together nicely. At first I wasn’t sure, about the cucumber part, but I think it comes out more as it cools. Also, I tried a few teaspoons in a separate cup with a few drops of milk, which really brought the cucumber out- almost like it activated my taste sensors. Now that I am back to drinking it plain(I did add half a teaspoon of sugar though) I am getting a strong “cucumber” essence. In fact, it’s so refreshing that it leaves a hint of burning freshness as an aftertaste. Not quite spicy but somewhere between spicy and thirst-quenched.
This would be interesting iced I think… more than most(I’m not a huge fan of iced tea, but this one piques my interest). I think I’ll try it that way next- one more serving left!
Thankyou for the experience PoliticalMachine!! This was most satisfying! :)
This is loads better than the Osmanthus Oolong I bought from TR!!! wow, I had no idea it could be this amazing. I could swear it tastes kindof milky, with an added moment of spicy floral tea in the swallow. This was had at work, in the office, so not much time was allowed for noticing the details but I will, next time!!
thankyou so much QuiltGuppy!! this tea really made up for my terrible tea choice this am :)
I’ve resigned myself to disliking Earl Grey permanently now… except the rooibos variety which tastes less earthy somehow. I wonder how it would taste with another base? I’ve only ever tried it with black and rooibos. Hmmmm.
This one has such rave reviews, I figured that it would atleast be tolerable for me, but that was apparently not in my cards. Luckily, they let me return the tin after sampling a bag, so atleast I didn’t lose any money on it! :)
I don’t mind the lemon so much… though I am very picky about citrus in my tea, but that combined with the bergamot is just too much. I can’t taste any vanilla at all in there either and I didn’t feel that any of the flavours gelled together at all.
Oh well, I can’t adore every type of tea right?? I just wish I could understand why this one has such appeal! and why nobody else ever mentions the earthy note that bothers me.