108 Tasting Notes
The leaves are ground very finely and the nose has almond and lots of vanilla, so much so that I can almost taste how sweet it is. Nice golden brown liquor (before a splash of milk). The tea however, is mostly dominated by almond flavor with just some sugary vanilla tones peeking their way into the sip. It comes on strong with the almond but finishes with the touch of vanilla. Probably could have steeped longer, it’s a little weak in the knees right now and could use more power behind it. Could also be because it comes in tea bags (unfortunately I didn’t realize this when i bought it). Maybe multiple tea bags in one cup would do the trick?
The leaves are fairly small and twisted. Mostly bits of leaves, but some larger leaves as well. I’m getting the astringency on the nose and in the liquor. Added a splash of milk but still has a slightly chemical tone hidden beneath. Not the greatest standard black for my tastes.
Pretty smoky and kinda bitter. I only steeped it for about 2 1/2 minutes, so I think it should have been okay. It works as a nice break during the day, but its not something I would buy. But since I have a tin of it, it will serve it’s purpose for the time being. You’ll probably like this if you’re more of a tea purist…I usually take mine with a bit more fruity flavoring.
The leaves are small and are mostly formed into small bundled balls wrapped around themselves. You put your nose in the bag and are hit with a deep earthy, grassy scent. The liquor is a very light golden color and smells smoky with a hint of nuttiness. Its got a little bit of a bite, but pretty tame and enjoyable. Finishes off with the smoky tones that linger keeping the nice taste in your mouth. If you’re looking to get this tea…ask Jack :)
Really interesting combination. The kiwi provides a nice fruity sweet taste, but the sourness of the lemon comes in and cuts it in half, keeping it from being overwhelmingly sweet. Ordered it with strawberry jellies too, great sugary sweet addition to the bottom of the cup. The different flavors create a visually stimulating color contrast, the lighter green liquor on the top with the pinkish red jellies swirling at the bottom. Pleasant cold drink on a sunny day, just tropical enough but not too strong with the fruit. If you like fruity drinks, give this combo a shot.
This was a recommended combo and it is great. Its an iced jasmine green tea with guava and grapefruit flavors. Also included are tapioca pearls and lychee jellies. Super fruity with a great amount of sweet and sour mixed. The Guava lays a solid foundation and the grapefruit keeps it energizing.
I’m a virgin to the whole bubble tea thing but I think its kinda nice. The tapioca balls are larger than anything I’ve seen before. I’m not sure how I feel about them, but the lychee jellies have an appealing consistency with just a little bit of tangyness to them. I can’t say I fully understand how the bubble tea thing supplements the actual flavor of the tea, they are a nice change of pace and keep the texture unique. Definitely give it a try if you haven’t tried it before.
First tea latte I’ve had and I must say…they are tasty! Not the purest form of enjoying tea, but a great refreshing drink for a nice summer day. What’s most intriguing about this is that the milk offers a perfect balance to the black tea taste, cutting the sharpness and making it an overall smoother experience. I’m not sure if this is specific to Tea Garden’s tea lattes or just tea lattes in general, but this one seems to be doing it’s “thang” just as it’s meant to. If you’re in the neighborhood grab one for a nice treat.
Had this in a tea bag which was not ideal, but the SpecialTeas pyramid tea bags are actually very nice. They’re nice and roomy for the leaves to float and they’re strong enough to hold their shape when in the water so they don’t suffocate the leaves. The leaves smell like those chocolate mints you get from restaurants, really interesting and tasty. None of the tones are very strong, just subtle and delicate. The mint is persistent and offers a refreshing splash with each sip. Following that is a light and faintly sweet malty chocolate flavor that balances the sharpness of the mint. Nice tea, especailly because I am not necessarily the biggest fan of rooibos teas.