2088 Tasting Notes
Again, I must have done something wrong. This tea tastes pretty much like straight black tea – I can’t detect ANY strawberry/rose/tasty flavours. Not sure if I missed getting some of the strawberry pieces and whatnot, but looking in my bag, I see very few chocolate chips and strawberry chunks.
Have put the teaball back in for a minute or too as I located some melty chocolate chips when I opened it up, but couldn’t see any fruit.
Not rating until I give it another shot.
Not bad, but nothing too special. Granted, it’s a couple years old, so who knows if it’s lost something between now and then, but I wouldn’t buy it for myself. Just tastes like tea, with a bit of a different flavour which is presumably from the flowers. I also wasn’t a fan of the numerous pieces that floated to the top as I had to scoop them out – hazard of steeping it in a large glass mug with no filter? Going to re-steep in a while so I don’t feel guilty about throwing it out!
The dry leaf smells exactly like cinnamon hearts, as does the steeped tea, but the flavour just doesn’t live up. At first taste, the tea is sweet, and I’m noticing a bit of lingering heat at the end, but in between I find the tea tastes rather like slightly cinnamony cardboard, which is somewhat unpleasant. Perhaps this is just how cinnamon acts in tea, but I don’t particularly like it. I put the teaball back in after it had cooled (which drew the sweetness out, I think), and will perhaps try steeping longer next time. Until then, I am disappointed :(
When the girl at my local DavidsTea store asked if I wanted to try the tea of the day, ‘Rooibos de Provence’, I was disappointed because I had been hoping that I’d get to try one of the teas off my long list of “to-try” teas… and this was definitely not one of them. Lavender is not my favourite fragrance, so this tea did not sound appealing at all, but what the heck, right? It’s a free sample.
Wow, was I ever wrong to just dismiss this tea! The berry flavours paired with the floral aftertaste are absolutely amazing; delicate and subtle and calming. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a straight rooibos, so am not sure exactly how much it is contributing, but it’s definitely delicious. And lavender? Completely different in tea than it is in soap. Looks like I have a new favourite ingredient! (So who knows of a creamy, nutty coconut/banana/lavender tea?)
ETA: Second steep (~4min, 93 degrees C) is pretty much a weaker version of the first, with considerably less floral aftertaste. Perhaps a tad less sweet, and I don’t like it quite as much, but it’s still pretty good :D
It actually tastes like it smells! I love when teas do that! Definitely makes me think of key lime pie. I was surprised by the lemongrass – although I thought I didn’t like it in tea, the flavour is definitely noticeable in this tea but it fits in perfectly and deliciously. Yum. My to-re-buy list is getting quite long now…. (although variety is good, right?!)
Oh my goodness. This tea is AMAZING. It has the creamy banana-ness of Snow Bunny without the nuttiness or harsh black tea, which means it is nearly perfect! I am so very in love. Just a hint of sweetness and loads of creamy, banana-y goodness. I’m not entirely sure how long I steeped this one, but I think it was the bare minimum, and that was excellent for a first steep. Trying a second as soon as the water heats up! I will definitely be buying a big tin of this soon…
ETA: second steep, which was with ~95 degree water and for 5+ minutes, is pretty awesome too. Definitely tasting more of the oolong in this steep and less banana flavour, and it’s a bit more astringent (tannins?), but quite delicious. Probably would rate it a 98. Soooo happy.
Slightly sweet, with strong blackberry flavours. Definitely a very berry-flavoured tea, but I’m not entirely sure whether I like it enough to buy again (but luckily since I bought 20g, I have a few cups to go!) Further notes to come.
So, Goji Pop, we finally meet. A bit different-tasting than I expected but so far I think I like it. The predominant flavour is melon (before reading the ingredient list I thought watermelon), with a lemony overtone. Slightly sweet and light-tasting; I suspect it would be delicious iced during the summer! Suspecting the rating may improve the more I drink…
Ok…. definitely liking this better the longer it sits, and the cooler it gets. Fabulous!
Oops, think I steeped this one too long today, or the water was too hot (downside of making tea at work where I have no means of measuring water temperature). Although the smell is still delicious, juicy pear, it definitely tastes rather… bitter and unpleasant, with only a hint of tasty pear. I seem to recall that the flavour was best when the tea was only briefly steeped, so I’ll have to try that again before giving it a rating, as today it would be below 25, and if my memory is correct, it’s really more of an 85+ tea!