3125 Tasting Notes
Again, thanks to Angel and Teavivre for a sample of this tea! I was very excited about it, because ever since Sil brought back some samples of buckwheat tea from her China trip (yeeaarrrsss ago now), I’ve been hoping to get my hands on some more because it was so amazing. (I haven’t tried that hard; I’m sure there are places to get it in Canada, but seeking out new tea is not a high priority for me at the moment.)
Anyhow, I brewed up an entire packet in a 10oz. mug…. and it was delicious. Sweet, roasty, a bit nutty. I can’t recall whether it was very similar to the other buckwheat tea I’ve tried, but regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and now I just have another reason to order from Teavivre!
Side note: I feel like there must be more calories in this tea than some… anyone have any insight on that?
Thank you to Teavivre for a free sample of this delicious tea! Sadly, with my first cup, I mustn’t have cleaned the infuser properly, and so it tasted like this tea was infused with pomegranate. When you are expecting savoury green bean sweetness and get pomegranate, it’s not appreciated. So I’ll have to try again to catch all the nuances, but as expected, I could tell that this tea is amazing. I love a fresh dragonwell, and I’m sure this tea, when brewed in clean teaware, won’t disappoint.
There was an awful lot of hype about this tea, and I finally managed to get some! However, it was actually my least favourite of the four I just tried. Accurate, certainly – the raspberry aroma and flavour are unmistakeable, and especially on a second infusion, the presence of mint is obvious. However – it was almost TOO much for me, with too much tartness from the hibiscus. That said, again it was hot and not iced, where I feel it would shine.
Withholding rating until I try this iced. Whoever heard of a hot mojito…
Another tea where DT was bang-on in their description. This is the most pina-colada-y tea I think I’ve ever tasted. It steeps up to a light creamy pink and tastes of pineapple and coconut and sweetness. Again, I had this hot, but I feel it would be amazing iced. Worth a try if you like pina coladas (and especially if you don’t care for the alcoholic part of them).
MUCH prefer this tea without the honeybush/rooibos. I actually rather liked it, although also learned that you should not attempt to re-steep it the next day (something went off, ew).
Anyways, I had a sample of this in store as well as purchasing my own, and it’s truly the most accurate chocolate banana tea I’ve ever had. I’d recommend this if the flavour combination interests you!
This tea certainly tastes like a grape freezie! I had it hot, but I definitely think it would be better iced. I’ll likely use up the last of it that way. I don’t remember noticing the stevia, although there was a sweetness to the tea (that just made it more freezie-like). Overall, an accurate description, but I tend to find artificial grape flavour a bit too sweet for me to enjoy all that often.
I’m torn – my original package of this tea was truly awful (I believe I still have it for some reason), but now I have the reblend, and I am SO MUCH more pleased with the flavour. Which rating do I use?! I gave the original a 17, but I would rate this reblend about an 80.
A world of difference; the reblend tastes the way I expected the original would taste. Chocolatey, creamy, a hint of smoke… perfect. Just needs the graham cracker! I made the same mistake with this genmaicza as with the mango one, so need to try it at a proper strength, but I imagine it will only be tastier (it was actually pretty tasty even underleafed).
ETA: Adjusted the rating for this tea to reflect the current iteration of this tea.
No reviews for this?? Really? Anyways, tried this a couple days ago and thought it was okay, though weak. Only today did it occur to me that I believe I severely underleafed, using only a slightly heaped tsp in a 10-ish ounce mug, when I would normally use about 2 tsp. Not sure what I was thinking, but I’m excited to try it properly soon!
Regardless, I was able to taste the mango and some lovely custardy/coconutty flavours, which I can only imagine will be better with a bit more leaf!
The other reblend I sampled today!
Both in aroma and flavour, this tea strongly reminded me of DavidsTea’s Cardamom French Toast. Not that that would be surprising, of course. The primary difference is that this tea is not pre-sweetened – although that’s not to say there isn’t a bit of sweetness to it (presumably the maple syrup). It really was quite tasty – the cardamom is a strong flavour, but isn’t overpowering, the base is solid, and I noticed some custardy elements as well (it clearly wasn’t just a black tea with cardamom). I’m not sure I noticed the coconut in particular, although it was definitely visible in the dry leaf.
Anyhow, I think this is a pretty good alternative to the DT version (although sadly, neither is readily available), and although I didn’t mind the pre-sweetening they did, it’s nice to have the option of leaving it out.
Juuuuust got my teas from the Christmas reblends (I had them sent to a friend in NY), and am excited to try everything! This was second on the list (first, I will get to reviewing in a few minutes).
This tea turns out to be quite a sweet, pleasant honeybush. I can’t distinctly pick out the maple flavouring, but there is certainly a lovely sweetness to the tea, along with notes of cinnamon and of course, a light but juicy ripe pear flavour. No scratchy throat from the honeybush, so I’m overall fairly pleased. It reminds me a bit of Strawberry Pie Honeybush.