18 Tasting Notes
When it comes to tea, I’m kind of a creature of habit. I mostly know what I like and what I don’t, which is what enables me to purchase (and review) mostly teas that I know I’ll enjoy quite a bit.
One thing I have found I don’t often like are these dessert teas that taste like something else. However, during my last trip to Capital Teas I was 2 oz. short of the pound discount, I love all things pistachio and I was feeling a bit adventurous, so I decided to wander out of my tea comfort zone and give this one a try.
I’m so glad I did.
The one thing that attracted me to this tea was the smell. It had a mostly pistachio smell, along with what I think was coriander. I usually don’t like teas that smell like that, but I was all in.
I added some sweetener, which is my custom for these dessert teas.
Simply put, I have never had a tea that tasted more like a cookie before. It was great.
While I taste the almond and what I believe to be coriander, pistachio is very much the dominant flavor which is probably why I like it so much.
No dessert tea will ever taste as good as a nice iced black or hot white tea, but this one surely gets to the neighborhood!
I love this tea. I love the strong peppermint flavor with the hint of vanilla. I don’t taste the cinnamon, but I bet it’s doing something important. The peppermint/vanilla really does overwhelm all the other flavors, including the green tea, but it’s so good you won’t even care.
Sometimes I wonder if I overrate this tea because it was one of my first teas beyond the simple black tea bagged stuff. Then I taste it again each November and I realize it is that good.(I only drink it 3 months a year and look forward to that first cup after Halloween way too much.)
Celestial Seasonings does some things well and some things less well, but they have this one right. They do seem to be one of the few decent tea companies I can find in the average grocery store.
This tea both smells and tastes like liquid peppermint bark. I wouldn’t have believed it was possible if I didn’t taste it. I added a touch of sweetener, which I usually do when drinking teas with chocolate.
The only problem with this tea is that it both smells and tastes like liquid peppermint bark after you brew it. I’m not so sure the world needs this tea.
However, some of my coworkers love this tea. The bottom line is if you’re interested in having tea that tastes just like white chocolate peppermint bark, this is the one to go for. If not, try something else.
I can very clearly taste the cranberries, raspberries and somewhat mellow black tea in this blend. While there is nothing wrong with it, I was hoping for the bitterness of the tea and the tartness of the cranberries to combine in a very intense bitter cranberry taste, but instead the tea is a perfectly balanced blend of all three flavors. Not bad in any way, just not what I was hoping for.
I enjoy this tea hot, but even more iced.
I will say this – I severed this tea iced (cold brewed) over Thanksgiving and a few of my guests (not familiar with tea beyond the bagged stuff you find in a supermarket) really liked the tea and drank it at the meal instead of water. Most of them added sweetener, but to each their own.
Three simple flavors, the general rooibos flavor, the vanilla/cream and the pumpkin combine with some sort of natural sweetness to form a surprisingly complex tea. Capital Teas suggests adding honey, but I think it’s fine just the way it is.
“Cream” teas are hit and miss for me, I think the combination with the pumpkin flavor works well. It may be my favorite cream tea.
Having said that, I’m not sure I’d buy this again, simply because there are other pumpkin teas I like better and there is a limit to how many pumpkin teas one needs every fall and winter. Maybe I’ll get 2oz every other year.
I get chocolate mixed with fruit from this tea. There is almost no spiciness at all, which was a big disappointment. With a little bit of milk I could see this coming out like fruity hot chocolate. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is for you. If you’re hoping for some spicy chocolate tea, look somewhere else.
I did add a packet of splenda to about 12 oz of brewed tea, since I generally do not like chocolate teas unsweetened, which is how I usually like my tea. Perhaps that was my mistake.
I love this tea. I feel like the peppercorns, the nuts and the orange completely overwhelm the taste of the white tea, but there is something about the pistachio combined with the orange and just a hint of spice that makes me really happy on a cold, grey morning. I like it by itself, but I bet it would be great with dessert, if that’s your thing.
I steeped it longer than I should have, since I was not satisfied after only 2 minutes. I only got two steepings out of this tea, and I can usually get three good ones if I experiment with most teas.
Exactly what I expect a Keemun to taste like. Lots of woody and earthy flavors. Maybe a little more mild than the average Keemun, but that’s a good thing. It was surprising good iced. The only thing not to like about it is the price. While I enjoy this tea, there are other unflavored black teas I like just as much for less money.
The tea smells strongly of berries before it’s brewed, but tastes like a sweet mess before adding any sweetener. There are pronounced grape and blueberry flavors. When hot, this tea tastes like hot fruit punch. When cold, like cold fruit punch. Either way, it tastes more like fruit punch than tea. I’m sure someone will like this, but it’s just not for me.