286 Tasting Notes
I think I finally figured this tea out. I had this yesterday for the record.
In my previous steeps, I didn’t find it flavorful and I was missing the cream cheese frosting bit that everyone raved about. Well, it turns out that whatever Della Terra uses as the “cream flavor and bits” had attached itself in such a way in transit, that it wasn’t allowing it to really detach from the leaves (or something). Because, once I took a spoon and almost roughly swirled the leaves in my steeping mug, lo-and-behold, cream bits suddenly appeared (and dissolved) and I was left with a much more flavorful cup!
I don’t know if it’s worth the effort to make this creamy and so I don’t know if I’ll repurchase, but I’m happy to say that I finally figured out a way to drink this and really enjoy it.
We visited friends yesterday and it was absolutely freezing, so when they offered tea, I jumped at it. I’ve been put off somewhat from Yogi teas in the past, but this one was really good!
I added a touch of skim milk and let the tea bag steep away for longer than I would with pretty much every other tea, but it managed to be a bit sweet on its own. I’m not sure I’d stock in my cupboard as the taste wasn’t really hazelnut, more of a chai, but I wouldn’t refuse another cup.
And I wouldn’t deny picking up a box if I were to find it on sale.
So… I feel kind of bad for liking this tea since most everyone who has reviewed it so far hasn’t really liked it all that much. I bought this for a ridiculously low price during the heavenly sale. Actually, I think I have close to a 1/2 pound of it based on my cheeky order of 4 of the “Holiday Favorites” collections when they put it 75% off (it was just under $6 for each set with the coupon code I found, how could I not?!?).
Anyway, this doesn’t taste like tea yet has the benefit of rooibos. It is a sweet cinnamon goodness with a bit of juicy tartness. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll have trouble finishes the baggies I have, especially since it’s a rather heavy chunky blend.
3 tsp + a dash of sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug
Reserving my rating till I try a 2nd steeping.
Second steep was significantly less flavorful, but still tasty. And to be honest, for the price I paid, I don’t mind only getting one steep out of it.
My boss bought me a tin of this for the holidays, which was very sweet of her. I tried a bag today at work. The ingredients looked interesting but nothing really holiday-ish about them. Maybe I’m imagining things, but I swear this tasted slightly peachy but the description on here doesn’t mention it and the tin is at work. It’s nice, but not especially interesting or season appropriate. Still, a nice gesture certainly.
So I finished up the last of this today at work. My stomach has been bothering me today and that usually calls from rooibos! I know it’s kind of interesting that I claimed the rest of this was going to my swap box, but I decided to use it up myself. Although, I found some weird stuff in the remains of my steep that is a bit troubling, but I’ll reach out to the company before making any conclusions. Nonetheless, sipdown!
Seriously, what am I doing wrong? I used 4 heaping teaspoons this time and steeped for nearly 10 minutes and unsweetened it was slightly sweet water. Sweetener improved the flavors and it is really tasty, but nothing like the other reviews. For the record, the 4 tsp also makes it look darker and almost thicker in a way which leaves a pretty nice mouth feel. Still, I’m not sad that Teavana likely discontinued this blend. I’ll enjoy while I have it, but eh.
And I think I’m going to try combining this with another one of my chocolate-based teas and see if that helps gives the chocolate flavor more oomph. It certainly can’t hurt!
So I somehow found a lone tin of this blend at Tjmaxx today. There was another Fauchon tin but it was cracked and open so I passed. This was sealed so I thought why the heck not. It was $9.99 and French and I’ve heard so much about Fauchon on Steepster.
Granted, it seems a lot of the blends that get a lot of raves on Steepster don’t hold up for me for some reason (most brands too). Maybe it’s that my expectations are just more than it’s reasonable for tea to be?
In any case, I was even more pleasantly surprised with this blend. It smells beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate and orange because the orange can sometimes seem artificial. This is like real orange. And real chocolate and it is just delightful. And, the end of the sip is creamy deliciousness with none of the fake-vanilla taste that some rooibos vanilla blends have.
I used 2 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug and added sweetener. Instant favorite.
I followed the instructions to the “T” even though 4 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug seemed a little ridiculous for a chai.
It was pretty good but got a little bitter towards the end of the mug. I probably could have gone with less leaf. It resteeps pretty decently but might be because there was so much leaf.
Still, I can’t complain much since I got the jar for all of $4.99 the last time World Market put all of their tea on sale (50% off yay). It’s pretty freaking adorable, it’s glass and comes with a little scoop!
I’ve been really bad with posting my tasting notes. Work has been absolutely crazy and then by the time I get home, I just want to go to bed.
Tonight though, I would like to mention that I almost got my husband to try some tea. I told him it tasted like raspberry jolly ranchers and I offered to make him a cup with sugar and he still resisted. Sigh.
Anyway, this does taste like raspberry jolly ranchers once you add sweetener. I use 3 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug. Yum.