217 Tasting Notes
I received a sample of this with my recent Teavana order. So first of all, all of Teavana’s free samples come pre-rock-sugared which I am not a fan of. In fact, I had previously given these samples away, but something about this blend called my name and I had to try it.
So, I de-rock-sugared it. It’s not that hard if you put the tea in a glass jar, the rock sugar clinks against the glass and then you just need to fish it out. I found it amusing that Teavana says this will only make 16oz. Even without the rock sugar, you can easily get 4+ teaspoons out of the sample and that for me will make 2 16oz mugs of tea (not counting resteeps). So there, Teavana!
Anyway, this is a pretty tasty blend. I got 2 steeps out of my leaves. I think I managed to get all of the rock sugar out as it wasn’t sweet at all, till I added my own sweetener. It’s not the most exciting chai out there, but it has loads of cinnamon which I have been loving recently so it’s really hitting the spot.
So tonight I’ve already downed 32 oz of this. I’m nearly done with the 1/2 ounce sample and ya know what? If Della Terra put this on it’s 60% off sale and not the lime, I’d totally buy this again. Though I’m pretty sure I prefer the lime (well, aside from the being indecisive thing I have going on).
I bought the box of sachets to keep at work during their recent scratch to win promotion. I unfortunately dropped my work steeping mug a few weeks ago and have been living off of bagged tea at work every since (sad face). Anyway, this was surprisingly yummy since I’m not the biggest fan of earl grey.
Once a bit of sweetener was added, it was basically like drinking a lightly flavored creamsicle, with just enough tea flavor to convince yourself it was actually a mug of tea with bergamot and cream flavor and not some sort of juice. I share an office with a fellow tea lover who absolutely loved this stuff and wanted to buy a ton for home use.
I’m thinking of buying the loose version for home since it is really yummy. I don’t even know what temperature the water is at work, but I got two steeps out of my tea bag.
I finished up the last bit of my sample today (sipdown!) and it was tasty. It’s been very cold lately and this creamy vanilla tea really hit the spot. I will certainly order more of this blend in the future.
I got 2 steepings out of the leaves and added sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug.
Had another cup of this tonight and thought I’d be able to manage with just 2 teaspoons. I was wrong. Way lighter in flavor than the 2.5 from yesterday. A bit disappointing since it also doesn’t resteep well. It’s tasty, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve been spoiled with teas that do resteep well so… sigh. Though, you know what this means!? I will sipdown the tea faster!
Changed up the steeping for this one. Instead of 3 minutes, I did 2 and it made a huge difference. There was a lot more maple in this cup and it had almost a creaminess to it. I’m still glad I only bought the 10gram sampler and I think I have maybe a serving or two left. It kind of reminds me of maple brown sugar prepackaged oatmeal.
2tsp + sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug
So last night was Lime Chiffon and tonight was Lemon. To be honest, I’m not really detecting a big difference between the two, but I think I tasted a bit more zing with the Lime (for the record the lime resteeped amazingly well – we’ll see how the lemon compares – maybe that will be my tie breaker for which to repurchase). This is lemony and creamy. I used 2.5 teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug plus sweetener.
The lemon resteep is nowhere near as flavorful as the lime – guess that decides it!
This is tasty, though I think I expected more from it after reading all the great reviews. It’s basically lime and a creamy taste. Even though it’s a rooibos blend, the rooibos is not really evident in the flavor (great for people that hate rooibos – I happen to like it). I’m curious how it compares to the Lemon Chiffon version. I picked up both as part of a sample pack from a Della Terra order.
All in all good, but it didn’t blow me away.
This is so weird. With sweetener, it kind of tastes like warm stale ginger ale (obviously sans fizz). It’s not bad, but I’m not sure how I think about it. I figure I should try it before the biggest eating day of the year, Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Knowing that it’s not horrible (and I’ve been trying to incorporate pu-erh into my “tea diet”, I think I’ll be drinking some of this after the extra long lunch-dinner on Thursday.
Not bad, but not great either? Wouldn’t mind swapping the majority of it to be quite honest.