8 Tasting Notes
This tea certainly hit the spot on a chilly afternoon (I can’t believe the weather is getting cold already!). It’s a perfect afternoon drink for those of us who are more sensitive to caffeine because it is caffeine free but the vibrant, fruity smell wakes you up. Adding a little bit of rock sugar definitely helped me keep my energy up in the home stretch at work. The smell is reminiscent of a breeze in a fragrant garden- pardon my poetic tendencies with this tea.
This is my staple tea. It’s amazing what the addition of cream flavor will do. It’s smoother than regular Earl Grey, has a great aroma, and is great with milk or without.
I usually don’t bother taking the steeping ball out of the tea, but have started doing so. It’s almost a shame I can’t do multiple infusions but that’s why I buy this tea in bulk!
I briefly forgot about this tea and it had sat steeping for at least 15 minutes (oops)… The one of the good things about black tea is that they don’t really go bitter!
This has an interesting taste… kind of spicy with a noticeable mint flavor. It is not nearly as “chocolate minty” as it smells (which is GREAT because I was initially afraid that the taste would be overpowering).
Overall, this is a pretty great tea (if you ignore the oily-look on the top of the tea from the melted chocolate chips) and great in the afternoon to prevent an afternoon crash!
I must say I was rather disappointed in this tea… and most oolongs in general… As I have heard so many good things, I thought I would try (multiple times) to like it… So far not so much… I can’t decide whether or not I like the smell and the taste is… strange… I’m not even sure what to call it… Maybe nutty is just not my kind of flavor… If anyone has any suggestions, I am more than willing to try more ways to make this tea! I followed the steeping recommendations exactly and even tried it with milk on a separate occassion and that was just terrible…
I love this tea so much! I don’t even know what it is. It only needs a little bit of honey and it is the perfect tea to read a book to and eventually start to nod off. Generally I don’t like to sweeten teas, but with this, it didn’t take away from the taste, and it was absolutely beautiful.
Even the smell started relaxing me!
The first time I had this tea, I made the mistake of putting the leaves in a cup loosely and drinking with a bombilla. This got bitter rather quickly and it was not a good experience. THIS time, I steeped for long enough for me to return to my desk and look up how long I am supposed to steep yerba mate (approximately 3 minutes)… It was fantastic. No bitterness, just the plain earthy taste. I try not to sweeten tea if I can help it but use honey when I do. I find that this tea reminds me somewhat of plain green teas and even a bit of genmaicha (just a plain, tea taste). I set the steeper aside to see how it will do with a second infusion and will post about that when I get to it.
For anyone experiencing bitterness, try reducing your steep time and/or water temperature (so the leaves don’t burn). When I first started drinking tea, I definitely had a time figuring out that not every kind of tea works well with boiling water. Now when the kettle whistles, I wait a while before it goes in a cup with most of my teas!