1176 Tasting Notes
I like it! yum.
For a juice tea, this is alot better than I expected.(even though I was very curious and hopeful!)
Now, on the first part of the sip, it’s all sour hibiscus and a hint of vanilla. Tart is not so nice! but then it changes from hibiscus to orange in the sourness followed by a creamy smooth finish. I wish the cream part was more dominant.
You know, I think this would do really well in cooking. Scones, reduction sauces, glazes… yep, I do believe I have some experimenting to do!
Meh. Something about the combination of flavouring and spices is familiar, though I can’t recall from where.
At two minutes and about 180c the cup is pretty light. Tangerine comes through, and the delicate white base along with a dusting of cinnamon. Dusty. Yes it tastes dusty. Almost malty, and I’m not sure what to make of it with a white base!
By the time I got to the cup it had mostly cooled though, and I generally prefer my whites as hot as they can be made. I’ll give it another chance.
Perhaps the second steep will reveal something else!
After my smorgasbord of new samples I wanted something familiar and comforting. This was it! especially after seeing all the other S’mores tea reviews out there.
It’s really grown on me the last while. Which is good because I have tons left. I don’t crave it often, but when I do, it really hits the spot.
I can see why some other people don’t like it. The white tea seems a little out of place, adding that crisp delicate note which comes off as extreme astringency sometimes. Lucky I happen to like that! Not astringency, just the white part.
Oh and yes, milk and sugar are mandatory here!!
Thanks Sil for this sample! and my apologies everyone, I know I’m filling up your dashboards. Just one more after this I swear :)
Bog town! Green swampy water, yup this is a very Halloweeny blend.
Is this green rooibos? I’m not sure, but it certainly reminds me of it. There is that particular sour note, but then that could be from the pineapple. The overall fruit flavour seems to be dominated by pineapple, with barely an edge of mango peeking out.
Overall, my cup was pleasant enough to drink down, but I won’t be buying any for myself. It just doesn’t strike me as anything overly special.
I had fun with it, so perhaps it’d be good to have around for kids during the dress up season!
Ehhhh, this was just ok. I prefer my black teas to have some oomph and I think this oomph had some padding on the landing.
Everything was very light from the malty factor, to the astringency, it was all there… just super mellow. I’ll play around with the water/leaf/time ratios and see if that punches things up a bit.
Oh Stacy you have made me into a giggling tea nymph! I cannot get enough of this stuff. It is just perfect.
Normally I can’t stand hibiscus, but in this case it’s really added that special something. The mango is sweet, but with that extra punch of tart, it really tastes like mango salad.
And the cilantro. I love it almost more than tea. It is so darn tasty, I could eat it on it’s own with just a little bit of olive oil and lemon.
It’s really hard not to rate this because I would put it way up there, but since this is a custom blend made just for me I’ll have to resist.
The only downfall is that I filled up the tin I saved for it, but still have lots more to fill tins with… which means it will go stale before I can drink even half.
Oh and I need to make it with purified water, since tap water really ruins the delicate white base notes. Bah!
Big thanks to Raritea for this sample. I like it!
It is very fruity, a little tart, and just the right amount of sweet.
With a little milk, it really does remind me of a smoothie. A juicy fruit, banana runt flavoured smoothie that is!
What I didn’t find was the yogurt note that some people are finding. Hence the added dairy.
If I didn’t have a reasonable alternative in my cupboard already, I would definitely consider snapping up a packet.
Eggnog oh eggnog! you make me happy… (backlog)
Yup, this does remind me quite a bit of eggnog. Creamy and sweet, with just a hint of egg tart. It goes surprisingly well with a green base. That was certainly unexpected!
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of greens in general, so I would have preffered to see a black or oolong base. However, I think that the flavour and base were paired exceptionally well, and so I can’t possibly begrudge the fact that this is a green.
Next time, I think I’ll have it with 1/2tsp of sugar (first infusion). It’s awesome without, but I added some sugar to the second one and oh my goodness that was incredible, albeit a bit weaker. I can only imagine how super tasty it’d be on the first!
Wow. I love this! love love love it. Thanks Sil for picking out an awesome blended tea to enjoy over Christmas! I think my Aunt will love it to. Yep, you totally called this one :D
When I opened the bag, a blast of spicy plum wafted my way. Oh man, it’s intense! Which made me worry a bit, as I had an herbal version of the same once that was so strong I could only use it as an additive in other teas.
No matter, with a black base, it’s much mellower and smooth. Slightly spicy but it’s blended quite well with the base, so much that I can’t even determine where the spice and teas separate in terms of taste. If this was a blind tasting and someone said that the plum part was a natural flavour within the leaf, I’d believe it. And when a tea is blended that well together, with such subtlety… that is ideal, for me. I love that!
It’s complex and rich, not “in your face” and goes splendidly without any additions.
I’m on the second infusion now and it’s a bit different. Cinnamon is less dominant while the tart puckery plum emerges. I added 1/3 tsp of sugar and it really brought that aspect out.
The two infusions are very different. I’m liking the second less than the first which had that ohhh yes every sip is heaven effect, while this one is merely very good. Hey I’ll take it!
This is the second time I’ve tried this. The first time, I found it to be just ok. Intense on the banana and lacking in cheesecake. and… a really odd nausea that was totally unexpected.
Now, this time around I am enjoying the cuppa much more. Mind you I’m using premium water given to me by a friend who has this wicked filtration system that he imported from somewhere overseas (Germany? I think). He uses it for his saltwater fish tank, because the Toronto water is heavily chlorinated and fluoridated. I’m in the suburbs so it’s not so bad. Even still, water makes a huge difference! Wow.
The Genmaicha and banana notes mix exceptionally well here, with a distinct banana/cheesecake aftertaste. I suspect that if I added sugar, the cheese part would pop out more as well.
Unfortunately, I’m still getting that nauseous effect. I’ll give it one more try in a week or two, otherwise this lovely blend will have to find a new home. Too bad, I was growing to really like this :/