183 Tasting Notes
I was a bit disappointed in this. It dry tea has a touch of a sour milk smell. Brewed, it tastes like a milky oolong. I don’t get coconut at all, unfortunately.
Pros: no astringency and a mild milky taste (it doesn’t taste as sour as it smelled).
Cons: I bought it for the coconut, and didn’t taste any.
I wasn’t able to pick up my Tealux order at the post office until 8:30 tonight, so it was too late to try any of my new white or oolong teas. I decided to start with a rooibos instead.
There’s a definite fruity smell to the dry tea, but I honestly don’t think I’d call it raspberry-smelling. Brewed, it’s got a definite rooibos taste followed by a strange aftertaste.
It’s different, but not in a way that makes me want to drink more. I think this one’s going into my trade/give away pile. Someone who likes fruit and rooibos might like it.
I have banana and coconut teas I enjoy, so I gave this one a shot. The rooibos base is smooth and not overpowering. The taste is primarily chamomile with a hint of banana. I don’t taste coconut at all.
Overall, not bad, but not amazing, either. I’m happy I got the sample size.
I decided to give this one another shot, as I’m trying to drink down some of my samller amts of tea.
I steeped it for 2 min at 80C, which is what the SA had written on my bag (crossing out the original 3-4 min and 92C recommendation). It was more astringent than I remembered, and although I can smell apple, I can’t taste more than a hint of it.
Yuck. I’m lowering my rating on this. I can’t picture drinking it again.
It’s properly named. There really is a honey-like taste to the tea. Unfortunately a bitter/astringent taste followed it. The sweet/bitter mix was a bit too much for me. It wasn’t horrible, but I didn’t particularly want to finish drinking it, either.
Oversteeping and not sweetening could have been part of the problem. The only other mates I’ve had a lot of are Chocolate Rocket and Chai Amazonia, and I’ve let both steep for a looong time and don’t sweeten either. Neither suffers for it. Maybe Honey Bee does.
I have enough in my sample to make a couple more cups. I’ll try it again, steeping for the recommended time and maybe adding a sweetener.
This now holds the position as my favourite ‘fruity’ oolong. Honestly, pineapple and oolong sounded weird to me, so I picked up a 10g sample to try. I got one large (probably 12 oz) cup out of the 10g.
The first steep smelled amazing. The pineapple was definitely present. It didn’t have the artificial taste some fruit-flavoured teas have. The oolong used worked well with the pineapple and apricot.
Second steep wasn’t as potent. Drinkable, but a lot of the flavour is gone.
If I were able to get multiple steeps out of it, I’d likely stock up. As it is, it’s a bit pricey for a one steep wonder.